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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001119.txt from 1997/09

From: Dee Hays <>
Subj: Re: sore jaw
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 01:48:43 -0400 wrote:

> I am a senior performance major at a University in Iowa and I have been having
> a problem with my jaws and general embouchyre while playing and shortly after
> playing. My jaw hurts, feels really tight and shakes sometimes. I often leak
> air because my mouth seems to become too tired. Has any one else had thesse
> problems or does any one have some advice for me?
> Tami Huff
> University of Northern Iowa

Please provide some additional information. Any one can get this way if they
really push themselves. How long do you practice at one session? How many
sessions per day do you practice? Have you made any changes to your practice
schedule? Have you been off for a while for any reason? Have you changed
anything in your reed / mouthpiece set up?

Any of these can cause you to become unusually fatigued but as you build up should
go away. Like any other physical activity, you should build up gradually. There
may be others that I haven't thought of. So fill us in on the details of your
playing. I am sure that you can get a lot of good options to consider off this

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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