One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
mass noun The way in which a player applies their mouth to the mouthpiece of a brass or wind instrument, especially as it affects the production of the sound.
- ‘Personally, I only take note of clarinet players, what with their tighter embouchure and greater tongue control.’
- ‘Proper embouchure, breath control and good technique are essential components for learning a wind instrument, but unlikely to yield positive results in themselves, unless guided by the ear.’
- ‘She took the clarinet in both of her hands and… almost instinctively wrapped her hands correctly around it and fixed her embouchure… all without having to be told.’
- ‘The first harmonic is a humming sound in the midrange, and on top is a loud whistling tone that the singer raises and lowers to create a weird sort of melody by varying the embouchure.’
- ‘I'm proud; my embouchure is not nearly as loose as I'd thought it might be, although my muscles are fairly weak…’
- 1.1count noun The mouthpiece of a flute or a similar instrument.
- ‘So I raised it higher, and this removed it from the embouchure.’
2archaic The mouth of a river or valley.outfall, outlet, debouchment, debouchureView synonyms
Mid 18th century: French, from s'emboucher ‘discharge itself by the mouth’, from emboucher ‘put in or to the mouth’, from em- ‘into’ + bouche ‘mouth’.
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