Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?

    
Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?    14:25 on Friday, January 23, 2015          

andrewlee1206
(4 points)
Posted by andrewlee1206

My band director switched me from trumpet to french horn two days ago, and I was wondering if it was bad to have my mouthpiece off center. I played trumpet that way, and I was wondering if I could do the same while playing French horn. I know that you're supposed to have it in the middle of your lips, with more on the upper lip, but could I continue playing with the mouthpiece on the left side of my mouth? Thanks.


Re: Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?    13:45 on Monday, January 26, 2015          

Fredrick
(200 points)
Posted by Fredrick

I've seen people play [trumpet] out the side of their mouth just fine. As long as it sounds good and isn't damaging your lips/teeth, then I wouldn't worry about it much.

Of course, having the mouthpiece nearer the center of your lips helps with airflow, and french horn requires a bit more air than trumpet. So, if you have the wherewithal to correct it, I recommend attempting to do so before you get too far along on french horn. Doing it right when you switch rather than waiting a couple weeks/months will really help your habits if you plan to play longer than just a few years.


Re: Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?    11:43 on Thursday, January 29, 2015          

Krzysz
(11 points)
Posted by Krzysz

"Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?"

Probably. It makes the muscles work in a lop-sided (and therefore inefficient) way. You can get away with being a teeny bit off-centre, for example, if there is a problem with your teeth, but I would be looking at getting my teeth sorted out in that case.


Re: Is playing on the side of my mouth bad?    16:08 on Monday, February 9, 2015          
   




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