I’m getting braces. Help!

While you are wearing your braces the most important thing to remember is to NOT injure your lips. Cuts, tears, bruises ect can lead to scar tissue. Scar tissue is permanent and depending on how severe it is could completely stop you from playing. A less severe case will lead to a bad sound and poor lip slurring ability. There are several ways to hurt your lips while wearing braces. The braces ARE going to PIN the lips in place. In other words they will be locked into position the second that the mouthpiece makes contact with your lips. Moving the mouthpiece around while playing WILL injure your lips. Some players do lots of adjustments after the mouthpiece touches the lips. This is a NO-NO. You need to make sure that the lips are set for the upper register always. You can relax them to play low but you can […]

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