Embouchure Overuse Syndrome in Brass Players

Editor's Abstract

Lucinda Lewis, Principal Horn with the New Jersey Symphony and author of Broken Embouchures, explores the symptoms and treatment of embouchure overuse syndrome. She explains how the basic mechanical structure of the embouchure works while playing, and how it can become damaged and disabled by an episode of overuse.
Cindy lists the hallmark physical symptoms of embouchure overuse, and denotes the most common playing problems that result from overuse. One of the most important issues to consider is sensory feedback, which is critical to brass playing. Finally, she offers a list of clues that can indicate that you are developing embouchure overuse syndrome. The only treatment is mechanical rehabilitation, which can be frustrating but, if done correctly, can restore the embouchure to proper functioning.

Ann Drinan

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