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 Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: kev182 
Date:   2006-08-18 13:48

I love gum, just love it and have been chewing tons over the summer (sugarfree ofourse). I find that where as i before, my jaw became tired after practcing tons, now i have absolutely no problems at all. I didn't find this out till now because its banned at interlochen.

really stupid advice maybe...but may work!



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: Bruno 
Date:   2006-08-18 14:11

Hey! Exercise is exercise!
I wonder however, about all the aspartame you're introducing into your body. Splenda is a new natural sugar analog that's reportedly completely safe. It's used in more and more products recently. Not yet in any gum though.

b/



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2006-08-18 15:06

But............. the embouchure is comprised mainly of the muscles surrounding the mouth, not the jaw. Not to say that I have anything against gum chewers.



..............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: joannew 
Date:   2006-08-18 15:13

Splenda is safe? Don't be too sure. Take a look here, and scroll down to the 'sucralose' section:

http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/sugarfree_blues.html



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: BobD 
Date:   2006-08-18 15:47

What IS safe? I tend to disagree with the "jaw" statement above. I wonder why chewing gum is not allowed at Interlochen, does seem like a pedantic rule. And....it's good for emergency pad replacement.

Bob Draznik

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: sinkdraiN 
Date:   2006-08-18 15:48

If you chew your gum with your face and lip muscles it will help. Otherwise a proper embouchure uses little or no jaw pressure.

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: Bruno 
Date:   2006-08-19 03:44

But! The hip bone is connecked to the thigh bone, an' the perioral muscles are connecked to th' masseters, an' th' masseters are connecked to th' tongue bone, and praise th' name o' th' Lord!!

In other words, chewing gum couldn't hurt!

The Reverend/



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2006-08-19 04:55

FYI, in many sugar-free chewing gums you will find the alcohol sugars which have fewer carbohydrates. Mannitol and sorbitol are the most popular, but do have some side effects, the most common of which is flatulence, when consumed in excess.

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: kev182 
Date:   2006-08-19 09:04

jaw pressure, though very little while playing still plays a crucial role in embouchure... when pushing 4+ hours a day, you can really feel it wearing down :)



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2006-08-19 09:33

If you want to build up embouchure muscles, air support and all that, remove the bell and strap one of those kid party balloons over the tenon instead. (inflate two..three times before to soften the balloon a bit).
Close all the holes, inflate. Builds up lungs as well as lips. Comes with free leak detection. :)

--
Ben

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: kev182 
Date:   2006-08-19 11:40

thats actually really interesting =D

but what if the baloon blows back up the clarinet and destroys the reed! meh

thats something to definetly try out!



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2006-08-19 12:04

kev182 wrote:

> but what if the baloon blows back up the clarinet and destroys the reed!

Doesn't. You can still keep the embouchure and lift a finger or two to release.

This exercise can be done without disturbing your neighbours. You'll train your fingers as well - you'll learn the minimum pressure required for a good seal (and finally get rid of that "gorilla grip").

--
Ben

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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: kev182 
Date:   2006-08-19 16:35

[QUOTE]Doesn't. You can still keep the embouchure and lift a finger or two to release.

This exercise can be done without disturbing your neighbours. You'll train your fingers as well - you'll learn the minimum pressure required for a good seal (and finally get rid of that "gorilla grip")[/QUOTE]

unfortunately, my rings are so lowered i have to grip extremely hard to get a good seal...i have a lot of pad alignment problems too =( ARGHH!!!!



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 Re: Chewing Gum and Embouchure stamina!
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2006-08-19 18:48

> unfortunately, my rings are so lowered i have to grip extremely
> hard to get a good seal...i have a lot of pad alignment
> problems too =( ARGHH!!!!

Before you go berserk with your clarinet, get a softer balloon. (hot water bottles are quite unsuitable for this kind of exercise). If in doubt, remove the reed and/or the mouthpiece to make sure it's not just the reed that closed the windway shut (happened to me the first time).
It shouldn't be an extreme exercise, in no way.

--
Ben

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