Shake of the Lips

Shake of the Lips

    
Shake of the Lips    15:06 on Friday, April 11, 2003          
(Mr V)
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I have been playing for about 8 years, and about a year ago I started to have problem stopping my lip from some kind of muscle shiver/shake after playing for more than five minutes or so. It`s terrible for my playing, I tried hours on hours of tone and timbre studies to try to remedy the problem and bring the upper lip under control, but that seems to have only made things worse. People have commented upon it

Have you had this problem? How did you deal with it? Any advice, please


Re: Shake of the Lips    21:43 on Sunday, August 24, 2003          
(Gumdrop)
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My lip shakes when I`m nervous or stressed in a performance, or when it`s tired out (like I`ve been playing for a LOOOOOONG time). During a concert or recital, I start concentrating on my breathing and the music, aiming for certain parts of the phrase, and my lip get a bit better.

In your case, I doubt nerves are the problem, but maybe it you stop focusing on it, the problem will solve itself.

Good luck and happy fluting,
Gumdrop


Re: Shake of the Lips    22:36 on Sunday, August 24, 2003          
(shubie)
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well i`m no flutist but if you have a teacher or know a more experienced flutist matbe they can help. perhap you should take a break for a few days. that`s what i do whenever i have problems with my playing and i come back better than ever. Perhaps your over working yourself.

Hope it helps


Re: Shake of the Lips    17:33 on Monday, August 25, 2003          
(H.)
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I have the same problem with my bottom lip, but it happens usally at random times when holding out a note. It drives me nuts!!! I dont know how to stop it either, I just calm down and readjust my flute and see if it helps.


Re: Shake of the Lips    00:41 on Thursday, August 28, 2003          
(ellie)
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I don`t know how to fix it, but I have a funny story.

I was playing a duet at a statewide competition once and it started to happen to me. It usually happens when I`m playing under a lot of stress, such as important solo parts at a concert.

My partner had the same problem that day.

We got first place. Our judge commended us on our finely-coordinated vibrato tones.

Heh. Still not a good thing if I can`t control what`s happening, but the judge liked it.


Re: Shake of the Lips    04:06 on Thursday, August 28, 2003          
(Nozz)
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it happened to be too, but it was about 3 ,4 years ago. When your are under stress, everything start to tense up, especially your lips.
So here is an exercise for you. What that happens, without your flute, relax your lips as it is close and let air through as if u are playing (then your lips flutter), that will make your lips relax.


Re: Shake of the Lips    18:12 on Thursday, August 28, 2003          
(grilsee)
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that sort of happens to me while i play, when i stop playin theyre fine, it happens mostly with my piccolo
i dont kno how 2 help u stop it though


Re: Shake of the Lips    16:18 on Thursday, September 25, 2003          
(H.)
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I dont know if thisll help anyone else but today I adjusted the mouthpiece of my flute so that it was directed more towards my mouth and it seemed to stop the shaking. Hope this helps! Try adjusting it in differant directions a little and tell me if it made a differance.


   




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