Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Truth Passes Through Three Stages

Arthur Schopenhauer, the German philosopher (1788 -- 1860), wrote:

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."  
I believe The Balanced Embouchure method is approaching stage three. I am glad I haven't been "violently opposed" as I've promoted BE, but anyone who has followed this little saga since the spring 2007 can not deny that I've been opposed with vigor and venom!  There remain only a few who openly ridicule me for what I do.  However, The Balanced Embouchure for horn is now used by over 237 French horn players on every continent, except perhaps Antarctica.  It's exciting and satisfying to be a part of this.  

Jeff Smiley is making a significant and positive contribution to brass pedagogy.  

(Update in 12/23/13:  I stopped counting a about a year ago when the number of French horn players using BE passed 320.)          


  1. Sounds like Gandhi's statement: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    In your case, when you "win", the pedagogs just switch to saying that they always used BE principles in their playing and teaching all along, so there's nothing new.

  2. The hassle is dealing with personalities who "must always be right." When they finally realize they were wrong, they immediately switch camps and say they were in the new camp all along, just saying it differently or something. Have to be the ones on top no matter what. We see them in elected positions all the time, and the other ones find other ways to express their extreme need for dominance.