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by Scarabid
(1 post)
1 week ago

Numb lower lip after 24 hours

Hey!
I was earlier a saxophone student and played everyday, but havent done it alot these last years because I changed my profession. Yesterday I finally started again and think I went a bit overboard. Today my lower lip is still numb! I cant remember if This is normal. Can I have damaged my lip? Should I see a doctor? Had This happended to any of you? Thanks in advance for answers.

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  1. by mijderf
    (273 posts)

    1 week ago

    Re: Numb lower lip after 24 hours

    This does not sound normal.  If your lip is still numb, and or swollen, then perhaps it's time to see a doctor.

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  2. by GFC
    (810 posts)

    1 week ago

    Re: Numb lower lip after 24 hours

    If you are making your lower lip sore you are probably biting, which is not good embouchure technique.  You might be using a reed that is harder than what you are currently able to handle, resulting in biting.  The lower lip should be relaxed and resting against, but not over, the lower teeth, as in saying the letter "v."  There are Youtube videos on embouchure technique featuring the great Joe Allard, which I found very beneficial.

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