I firmly believe a good rule of thumb for all brass players is that the angle of the lead pipe should follow the angle of the jaw. Though there are certainly exceptions, especially for students with special or unusual bone structures, but I have found those to be few and far between. Following that rule generally fosters good posture, orientation of the instrument to the body, hand position, embouchure, air flow, inhalation, flexibility, tonguing and tone production. And it is so easy to assess even the largest of brass sections by simply monitoring that obvious alignment.
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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