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JJul 15, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
I have a stupid problem, the more I learn new things, and play longer/more holes to hit. Well heres the thing, I'm trying diferent ways to prevent this but seems my lips get dried out and the harp sticks! This is realy holding me back. Anyone ever hear of this, I tried useing chapstick, and I keep a bottled water near by. Any other suggestions?
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Regarding placing the harp deeper in your embouchure (that's lip grip) - the thing is that most pucker players use the inner muscles of the lips to make the playing hole, whereas newer players play less deeply and so tend to use all the lip, which is why they dry out. Practise consciously using the inner, deeper sides of your lips to pucker, not the outer edges, and you should find less of a problem. It may improve your tone, too. Put simply, this means having the harp deeper in your mouth. HTH. A non-wood comb like a Golden Melody (or sealed wood comb) might help as well.
In the process, they waste much of their breath and cause huge air leakage problems from that. It's almost like a teenager trying to kiss a girl for the first time in their lives, but they're afraid to get too close because they think they'll get cooties on their lips or something.
i used to have that also, many moons ago. what i found was, i was not just using the outer surface of my lips exclusively, i was also holding the harp so thight to my lips that i was actually abrading the surface! back then marine band was THE harp. the problem was complicated also because as moisture built up in the comb, it would swell out and become a very dull saw on my lips.
i don't know what harps you use J, but it doesn't really matter. conciously relax your mouth and lip and jaw muscles and nestle the harp comfortable deeper in your lips. don't swallow the dang thing, but get it in where you have more flesh covering the harp. stay relaxed. you'll find your way through this.
J- no such thing as a stupid problem! never be afrais to ask.
Thanks for everyones advice! I see what you mean about being deeper, and yeah the tone sounds better. P.S. I play a Special 20, so no need to worry about the plastic comb warping.