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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000311.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Lip scrapes
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 09:42:37 -0500

Vicki Coffman schrieb:

> Since I took up the clarinet (again) and sax, I've virtually
> always had scrapes in the sides of my mouth.
> This is *not* biting through my lip--I know what that feels
> like, as I did it when I was in high school--it's something (I
> guess either the corners of my incisors or the points of my
> cuspids) *scraping*, not cutting.
> When I was in the Navy, a dentist ground down my upper and lower
> incisors before I knew what he was doing (they used to be
> ridged, which never bothered me!--a lot of Navy dentists view
> patients as guinea pigs, FYI). Could this be it? It *did*
> leave
> them kinda sharp on the corners...
> Should I have the corners ground down? Opinions? Thanks!
> Regards,
> Vicki
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------


Hi Vicky,

A few years ago, I had my dentist grind down my one front upper tooth
which was so crooked that there was a rather sharp corner sticking out
and into my upper lip. Took about three seconds. After I had changed to
double lip embouchure, the tooth had been bothering me. What a shock
when I tried playing again! It took me a good two weeks to feel well
again with the clarinet in my mouth. Now, I'm glad I did it but at the
time, it was worrying.

David Glenn

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