Facial Hair

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  1. soloft

    soloft New Friend

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    I'm debating on growing a sort of goatee (sp), and was wondering how much it will affect playing. Does anyone have experience or know someone that plays with facial hair?
    Also, off topic and not that important, does anyone know where there is a recording of Andante et Allegro by Guillaume Balay?
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I've played with just about every possible combination of facial hair, and the only problem has been getting a hair under the mouthpiece, and it hurt like crazy!
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a full beard and mustache, and have for the last 30 years. No issues except when my mustache is too long. Then a hair can get "pulled" on and induce sharp pain.

    If you look better with the goatee, THAT can increase your self esteem and THAT works wonders.
     
  4. soloft

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    Alright, thanks guys.
    As far as the recording, I found one about a minute or two after I posted the thread.
     
  5. trumpet_man

    trumpet_man Piano User

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    Allen Vizzutti has a mustache and look how good he is (I'm not saying rowuk and Vulgano Brother aren't, I'm quite sure they are really good, I just haven't heard them play and can't use them as an example because of it).
     
  6. tony h

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    I've had full beard and mustache for twenty odd years even though I've only been playing for the past three . Keeping the tache trimmed is the most I have to do with it , when a hair is growing right where the mouthpiece is , it's like you got stabbed in the face . Hope this doesn't put you off .
     
  7. Pedal C

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    It bothers some people and it doesn't make any difference at all for some others. Grow it and see, you'll know in a few days. You can always shave it off.
     
  8. Bob Grier

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    The only problem is if your girlfriend/wife gets "tickled" when you kiss.
     
  9. Amir

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    I don't have a "full" mustache (Im only 18, steel growing!), but I do feel better when I don't shave for a week or two. my embouchure feels more stable. It may be just because the area of the upper lip get sensitive when I shave it... I don't know what the real reason yet.
    Just try how it feels, in the worst case - shave it.
     
  10. oldlou

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    In my case, I am 73 YOA with a LARGE mustache that doesn't bother me in any way. When I do shave it off periodically,( due to my being clumsy while trimming it ), I discover that I am prone to use additional pressure on my chops.


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