WindWorks Trumpet Academy Forums WindWorks Sore Cheeks/Jaws?

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    • #39148
      Rob Bennsky
      Participant

      Is anyone experiencing soreness in their cheeks or jaws as you progress through the levels? I am up to the Ruby level and I’m doing all the exercises correctly, at least I believe I am and I am getting great results, but I’m experiencing soreness in my cheeks and jaws. Is this because I’m training muscles in my face that I have never used before? Is it kind like weight lifting where you get sore while building muscle?

    • #39159
      Greg Spence
      Keymaster

      Again my friend, you have answered your own question. Your muscles are being used in an unfamiliar way so there is a period of readjustment. Just be sure to rest well and keep that magnifying glass handy.

      Cheers.

    • #39168
      Rob Bennsky
      Participant

      Great, I just wanted to make sure I’m doing it correctly! I”M LEARNING, YEA! Solid Double G’s here I come!

    • #39278
      Rob Bennsky
      Participant

      I played a Christmas singalong today with my community band and my face and jaws were very sore. So bad at times I had to stop playing and do some soft lip/cheek flapping to keep playing. Is there something I can do, ex. heat, ice, time off, to help alleviate this?

    • #39311
      johnelwood
      Participant

      That doesn’t sound good or normal, Rob, unless your Christmas Singalong was several hours long with intensely loud and high playing.

      I suspect you’re manipulating your lips/face muscles too much.

      My interpretation / understanding of WindWorks is that more relaxed, more natural, freer the better–the 1% rule. The more efficient we play, the less we fight the horn, the better, etc.

      While I’ve occasionally gotten a little sore in the corners, especally after doing flexilibity studies / harmonic slurs, what you’re describing sounds unusual.

    • #39353
      Rob Bennsky
      Participant

      I’m thinking that I may have gone through the stages too fast (I’m at the Presto level in 3 weeks) and I haven’t properly trained the facial muscles, embouchure, and aperture corners. So, I’m going to go back to the beginning and take it a little slower and really work on the harmonic slurs and this time use the progress charts, and I’m going to rest more.

    • #39456
      jakob.jonasson
      Participant

      I have the same problem with cheeks jaws. I read research from pops on tensionless playing. His findings are that most professional players don’t strain the muscles in they’re cheeks instead it is focus on the embouchure corners and chin. The cheeks and jaw might move but only as a reflex. A heat diagram shows this clearly.

      I think we might be using too much tension where it is not wanted.

    • #39503
      Rob Bennsky
      Participant

      Also, I switched to smaller mouthpiece. I switched from a .650 diameter to a .640 and this seemed to help. Also, with the smaller diameter I was able to do harmonic slurs faster…Weird, I know, lol….

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