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?
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.
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?
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.
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.