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Sample Poem

Embouchure


You get as good lip
service as you give.
Chops will ever out the fake:
the put-on
line never cut grace
notes from a sloppy
wad of clams. Trued up,
a well-flubbed phrase ought
to betray nothing
more than lacquered horn,
the schwa blat of hand-
polished, open brass.
Style takes care of its own;
chops make the rep.
An off mouthpiece can cut
you like shrapnel.
Know the hard limits
of your instrument,
and work its righteous edges.
Be the pro.
Then come the call,
let rip a proper lick.
Commit.