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Hey,Janet, I made a post on this topic a little while ago. I ditched my lip slur routine a few weeks ago because of exactly what you said. I was bringing a lot of Me 1.0 into my warmup every day. I finally realized that I wasn’t going to make progress by taking backward steps. My warmup consists of simple chromatic slurs in the middle and low range. I only cover a fifth at a time. I start on my second line G and go down to middle C. I then start on F# and go down to B, etc. What I do next depends on what I’m playing in my next concert. This week, I’m working on Brahms’ 1st symphony. If I don’t have any specific needs, I’ll work on the Singing C series.

I believe getting a new routine in place can be very helpful for all of us who are taking this journey. I’ve been part of WindWorks for over a year and I’m just beginning to understand what I need to do. I’ve never had dystonia, but I’m sympathetic to what you are going through. I had a thought about re-learning how to blow. I tend to do a lot of cooking, and I was cooking some sauce for pasta. I was getting ready to taste it and I was gently blowing on it to cool down the sauce. I realized that I should try blowing my horn in a similar manner. I certainly don’t have any tension in my body when I’m cooking!. Hang in there and keep us posted!

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