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Embouchure Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Method for Overcoming Embouchure Overuse Syndrome in Brass Players

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Lewis, L.
Journal Title: n/a
Date Published: 2007
Language: English
Category: Overuse Syndrome and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Key Words: embouchure rehabilitation treatment overuse mouth teeth brass performance musician
Full Citation: Lewis, Lucinda. Embouchure Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Method for Overcoming Embouchure Overuse Syndrome in Brass Players. New York: Oscar's House Press, 2007.
Full Abstract: Embouchure overuse syndrome can affect players of all ages and abilities. Embouchure rehabilitation begins with creating a healthy habit of balanced energy and tension in the muscles needed for playing. Rehabilitation training re-establishes utility and reliability of the basic playing mechanism. When encountering overuse syndrome, it is tempting to move the embouchure; however, the best cure is the retrain the embouchure with proper structural tension. Buzz pipes, blowing and mouthpiece exercises are effective at this task. It is crucial to have a realistic mindset of your progress during rehabilitation and avoid fear and frustration. No amount of time off the instrument or practice can make overuse syndrome go away. Retraining is necessary.