There’s a saying that trumpet players are better kissers, but is there really something to it? Let’s look at it in more depth.
I’ve come across this question so many times now that I thought I’d dedicate a small article to it.
Here’s How Well Trumpet Players Kiss
Trumpet players are known for having strong lip muscles and also high control of the tongue and lip muscles which tend to make them better kissers. However, it’s important to relax your lip muscles while kissing, which might take a little practice for trumpeters.
I believe we as trumpeters do have an advantage when it comes to kissing as we spend a lot of time training and developing every tiny muscle around the mouth and cheek.
If nothing else, we’re probably have more endurance and perseverance as we have stronger lips.
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Of course, what makes a kiss good and enjoyable is highly subjective.
One person might find it enjoyable while the next person might think the lips are too hard or too soft. There are no standards for what makes a kiss great or what makes a better kisser.
Personally, I have never kissed a trumpet players but when I asked my wife about it she said that I’m the perfect kisser (But it might be worth mentioning that she has never kissed anyone else than me).
Let’s ask the trumpeters themselves!
Do Trumpet Players Believe They Kiss Better?
Over at trumpetherald, they actually did a survey among the community as to whether trumpet players kiss better.
But remember, this is a community board of actual trumpet players so they might not be the best judges here, but I think it’s interesting to see what they answered:
They had a total of 31 voters and as you can see, 80% of the trumpet players themselves believe they are better kissers than non-trumpet players.
There was some discussion in the community also around this and it didn’t seem like there were any consensus to be honest. But overall, it was pretty clear that trumpeters like to believe they kiss better than your average kisser.
Do Trumpet Players Have Bigger Lips?
Trumpet players do not have bigger lips but they sometimes have bigger cheeks, depending on the technique they use. However, people with bigger lips might have more control over the mouthpiece, which theoretically could result in more trumpet players having big lips.
As explained above, it might be true, but it’s probably the other way around.
I don’t believe trumpet players have bigger lips because they play trumpet, but it just might be that people with big lips play the trumpet better. Which would result in trumpet players generally having bigger lips than your average person.
So, Does Big Lips Make You a Better Kisser?
Well, it’s generally believed that people with bigger lips kiss better, and it makes sense when you think about it. Lips are soft and if you have tiny flat lips, it might not feel soft and smooth for the other person.
But one thing is certain:
Trumpet players have stronger lips as we practice and train the lips muscle regularly.
Joke About Whether Trumpet Players Kiss Well
There’s also a joke that is told among brass players that has an opinion on the matter. But this joke clearly indicates that trumpet players are not better kissers.
Here the problem lies with the way trumpet players might press too hard on the lips:
Three university freshman girls had heard that brass players are better kissers because of their lip control, so each one arranged a date with a different brass player to test their theory. They gathered in their dorm afterward and compared notes.
The first one dated a trumpet player. “So, how did he kiss?” her friends asked.
“Not so great. His lips were like wood and he held the back of my head and pressed in way too hard.”
The second one dated a tuba player. “It was gross. All that saliva, and so blubbery and loose! Also, his cheeks bulged.”
The third one was asked how her date who played the french horn kissed. “His kissing was fine, but what I really liked was how he held me!”
Funny T-shirt From T-spring About How Trumpeters Kiss
During the research for this article I also came across this t-shirt from Teespring that takes a funny twist on the whole thing.
It also seems to indicate that trumpeters are better kissers with the text:
“Kiss a Brass Player and FEEL the difference”.
Does playing trumpet damage your lips?
This Band Also Has An Opinion
“Braid” is a rather old emo-rock band from Champaign, Illinois. They did a song called “To Kiss a Trumpet Player” in which they indicate that trumpeters kiss better.
Give it a listen and see for yourself:
Here’s a line from the song:
so you think He’s the best in the whole world?Braid – To Kiss a Trumpet Player from the album “Movie Music, Volume Two”
You should kiss more,
Trumpet players girl
In that song they indicate that girls should try kissing trumpet players if they haven’t already. This is probably mostly meant as a joke as the music itself is hard-rock with a circus-type feel to it.