Do you know why?

Introduction In recent months I have been teaching pupils about the Tongue Controlled Embouchure over Skype. This has been a really valuable experience for me as a teacher because it has enabled me to refine resources and see how a number of people respond to using them over time. For those that I am teaching […]

Why do people think TCE is bad?

There are a number of discussions you can find in forums on the web and blogs of players who religiously follow the teachings of one brass guru or another who try to talk about the Tongue Controlled Embouchure. This is good; discussion is healthy; and at least if people are talking about an idea then that […]

Einsetzen and Ansetzen

What is Einsetzen/Ansetzen? An article that describes, defines and explains the use of these lip positions in modern trumpet embouchure systems by Richard Colquhoun Intro One of the highlights of spending time with Bahb Civiletti in April this year was having the chance to watch him teaching TCE to trumpet players who had not tried […]

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

This is a short post to explain the Tongue On Lips exercises from Jeff Smiley’s The Balanced Embouchure. This is only one of a series of exercises that makes up the method and the effect of its practice as a stand-alone exercise may be of limited value. I will not be quoting the book directly and this is […]

Understanding Callet: The Wisdom Behind Superchops

Understanding Callet: The Wisdom Behind Superchops A discussion by Richard Colquhoun explaining the Tongue Controlled Embouchure for those who wish to develop informed opinions Introduction: Below you will find 2000 words explaining the fundamental teachings of Jerome Callet. The reason I feel this article is necessary is because as I browse the internet I repeatedly find […]

Use of air: Quality not quantity

Use of air: Quality not quantity A discussion by Richard Colquhoun about correct breathing technique for brass players There are a number of blog articles that I have tried to write a few times and failed to find the right approach to the topic. There are some points of view I have about trumpet playing […]