Lip issue

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  1. just

    just Pianissimo User

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm 17 years old and I have been playing since I was 7. My problem is that lately I have noticed that my lip has a permanent embouchure mark and sometimes it even hurts. I thought that I was using too much pressure but I have been working simple exercices in the middle and low register trying to use very little pressure for some days now and the issue continues the same.

    I use a Bach 1 1/2 C

    Could anyone give me some advise with this? I'm getting kind of desesperate as I can't play confortable and my lip gets tired very early :S

    Thank you very much
     
  2. musicalmason

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    When's the last time you took a day off? Lip muscles need rest to rebuild after exercise, just like all other muscles. Sounds like you're over tired to me. If that isn't it, and you are resting enough, you'll need to consult with a private teacher. Problems like this can be difficult do diagnose online and are better assessed by a trained pro watching you play in person.
     
  3. just

    just Pianissimo User

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    I try to play every day... it's better to rest once a week or what?

    Thanks
     
  4. musicalmason

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    Best to discuss specifics with your private teacher, if you don't have one get one. In general though, I don't use a steadfast rule of when to play and when to rest, I feel it. If I feel tired, I rest, if not I play. I'd say if your lip is sore and inflamed, give it a rest for a day or two, then come back and see what happens. Seriously though, show your teacher your lip and get his opinion. I'm just guessing here since I've never met or seen you. I could be way wrong, which has happened before.
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

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    I have a permanent "divot" on the right side of my upper lip. This is the result of an overlapping tooth. What is your dental makeup like, just?
     
  6. tobylou8

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    Any dental work done lately?
     
  7. Cornyandy

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    You seem to have diagnosed your own pressure problem which you need to fix, however I agree with Mason take a couple of days rest it up then go back to the low pressure routines. But above all I agree with his private tutor advice.

    I would also consider possible allergy problems to perhaps the silver plate or a scratch through to the brass on your MP, but above all lower your pressure and get it checked by a tutor
     
  8. just

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    Nop. But my teeth are not perfect in any way. I was supposed to have braces when I was younger but my trumpet teacher told me that that would keep me from improving so I don't have them
     
  9. Ed Lee

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    While your trumpet teacher may be well accredited in the academics, s/he is NOT AN ACCREDITED orthodontic specialist and neither am I, however I've known many players who did reasonably well while wearing wire braces, one who once wore a headband type who a few years ago was playing trumpet in the DC USAF band and the Prince William County (VA) Symphony orchestra (where I met him and often had coffee with). Also, I'm told these newer Invisalign braces are quite comfortable.

    Personally, I once had a right upper cuspid protrusion that angled toward my bicuspid, but seemingly that worked in my favor. I don't worry about it now ... I've a full upper denture.
     
  10. tobylou8

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    I would listen to your dentist! Failure to do so could lead to serious issues later in life. I wore braces for 7 years! Misaligned teeth would have led to reconstuctive jaw surgery. DON'T SCREW AROUND WITH YOUR TEETH! Hopefully you won't need them long. In the long run it may even help your playing!
     

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