Lower Jaw Trembling

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  1. blow

    blow New Friend

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    Hi,

    New to here, a great site, BTW.

    I played trumpet in senior high (about two decades ago) and didn't pick it up until recently. I found that my lower jaw trembles involuntarily a lot, especially in the begining of the day. It takes quite some time to alleviate it.

    Is there any way to get it fixed? Thanks for the attention.
     
  2. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    Welcome aboard!

    My guess is that your muscles are not used to playing just yet. I would suggest a lot of long tones for both a warm up and a warm down. When I have problems with any part of my embouchure muscles, I also like to simply buzz with the mouthpiece. This seems to help a great deal.

    Others will have good advice too. I just happen to be up late.

    Jim
     
  3. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

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    Do you feel that you are really tense when you play?

    Do you have a lot of tightness around the shoulders , chest or throat?

    Mentally what are you thinking about when you play? Are you totally relaxed or is you mind really cluttered

    I am not sure of what exactly could cause this but I can think of a few things it might be. I think the best thing to do would be to seek out a good private teacher.

    Please keep us posted.
     
  4. old geezer

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    When stage fright attacks me my lower jaw will tremble. I thought I was the only one that this had happened to. old geezer Dave
    p.s. I just put my mind on something else and the tremble usually goes away. :shock:
     
  5. musiclifeline

    musiclifeline New Friend

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    I'm a semi-pro, and this still happens to me from time to time... I was worried, so I kept a log of it for about 6 months (this was several years ago). I found that the four main contributors to jaw trembling are (in order from highest to lowest):

    - not enough food
    - caffeine
    - extreme body temperature (too cold or too hot)
    - not enough sleep
     

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