A common problem with new trumpet players is the realization there is a small V-shaped piece of skin, called the “Widow’s Peak” on their top lip. This can sometimes interfere with playing the trumpet because it can get in the way of the embouchure, or buzz, of the mouthpiece. This lesson provides tips for maintaining a good embouchure, even with a Widow’s Peak.
If you have a Widow’s Peak, playing directly in the center of your mouth can interfere with your buzz. It is completely ok to offset your trumpet mouthpiece slightly to avoid the Widow’s Peak and find the spot on your lips that produces the best sound.