It’s been a while since I did a “Guess the Embouchure Type.” Here’s a video that has a great look at the chops of Lee Morgan, one of my favorite jazz trumpet players. Take a look and see if you can work out Morgan’s embouchure type. My guess after the break.
This one is pretty easy, as Morgan’s is right on his upper lip. It’s almost certain that this placement with more lower lip inside is upstream, which means his embouchure almost certainly is the “low placement” embouchure type. His embouchure motion is a little hard to spot, as there aren’t really any particular passages where he makes a large enough register change to easily spot it. I think that I can see him push up to descend and pull down to ascend. I’ll have to look around and see if I can find any other videos of Morgan that have a clearer look at this.
What do you think? Have I picked the right embouchure type or did you think something different? Know of another video of Morgan that has a good look at his chops? Leave your comments below.