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Posted on July 27, 2004 by 

Does Shaving affect your playing?

There is NO single answer here. It depends on your embouchure (static vs. dynamic) and how sensitive your skin is.

I played a static embouchure for years and never shaved. It didn’t bother me at all. But I did use an embouchure shift.

When I finally learned how to connect the registers and started using a dynamic embouchure I had to start shaving. The slight difference in the length of the hairs bothered me. I’m 10 times better at playing but I do miss the facial hair.

Some people have tougher skin and are never bothered by this. If the act of shaving bothers you change your shaving creme.