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Does playing a brass instrument like a trumpet or trombone puff your cheeks or make them bigger?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
NO, but...: You constantly use your cheeks and facial muscles to play those instruments, but just like playing the drums does not make your fingers that hold the sticks bigger, your cheeks have natural stretching ability just as when you blow out the candles on your cake, and they will return to their normal size when done.
Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
Urgent Care 26 years experience
No: No. What you have observed is a technique which some players have learned how to use in order to hold or sustain a note for a long period of time. They store air in their mouths by expanding their cheeks outward. This is not required however for standard operaion of the instrument, it is just one particular technique some have mastered.

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A 17-year-old male asked:

Does playing the trumpet or trombone make your cheeks bigger and larger?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends: Most feel that keeping the cheeks contracted allows for a more controlled sound production and air flow. A notable except was dizzy gillespie whose cheeks billowed out prominently when he blew his trumpet. I would vote for keeping the cheeks under control. Ask your teacher what he/she thinks.

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