Re: [Harp-L] Pressure while bending?


On May 5, 2010, at 1:39 PM, Chesper Nevins wrote:

> Hi all,
> Does anyone else experience this - I mainly play chrom, but I've been
> trying to do more on the diatonic lately.  After playing diatonic for
> a while, practicing bends and all, I start to feel pressure on my
> front teeth.  This seems to really bother me after a while.
> I don't think there's anything unusual about my embouchure, and my
> teeth are healthy enough.  It mainly happens when I'm puckering and
> bending notes.  When tongue blocking I don't have the issue, and when
> playing chrom I never have the issue.
> It's like when I bend there is some pressure where the harp pulls in
> to the face just a little more.  10 minutes of bending doesn't bother
> me, but if I do more my front two teeth feel as though they may have
> shifted back a little.  It can really bug me sometimes, and sometimes
> just putting pressure against the teeth with my thumb in the outward
> direction relieves the feeling and realigns my bite.  I think I am
> talking very small degrees here, but it seems to make a difference.
> (I think my overbite is very slight, where the front teeth are barely
> past the bottom teeth, and the slightest change is really annoying.)
> Is this a common thing to have happen, or does anyone else experience
> this?  Is there a way to minimize this?
> Thanks for any advice,
> Jason
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