Having had a few days off over xmas, I’ve come back to practice and I’m noticing my bottom lip either rolls in or tucks under. Even if I’m concentrating on mmmmahoooo. I did wonder if my mpc contact point is partly to do with it. I think it’s the cause of my locking up. Any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I think it’s always been there on and off. I’m re watching and taking things slowly to try and stop it. I’m not deliberately doing it but my lips try and roll in themselves. I have fairly full lips and have had a running battle in my head about lip size and how that might impact playing. Also trying to ignore that.
All of the breathing , releasing air, backswing etc is making sense and I really get it. I’m going slowly through the largo stage and being patient.
I’m working at mmmmaaaahoooh and again, it makes sense but when I’m playing it feels like my mouthpiece is sitting at a point on my bottom lip that pushes it back over my teeth, I think I’ve often had this issue and it leads to negative tension.
I’ve just got to the first exercise at Andante (C adding Eb then Ab) and it has, coupled with playing outside of the windworks practice, made me more aware that my bottom lip gradually slips between my teeth and eventually blocks my air stream. I’m definitely not clamping or forcing the air but the whole thing just shuts off. Could it be a jaw thing? If so any specific things that might help. I have been following the largo stage stuff carefully and it’s the only thing I can’t get my head around.