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  1. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Lower lip pain is an old issue whose causes and solutions are partly clear. However, have you ever felt that the pain of the pinhead sized glands (under the oral mucosa) makes the game uncomfortable? In these cases, I often feel them nodular, but still small. It usually occurs, when I play on...
  2. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    I have fibromyalgia, two wedge fractures in my thoracic spine, and a bulging L5 disc, as well as a pronounced kyphosis from hanging large pieces of metal from my neck for 45 years (I play alto, tenor, bari, soprano, clarinet, flute and oboe). I have tried multiple office task chairs to sit in...
  3. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hi all, This is my first time posting, although I've thought about it for a long time. I haven't been able to find a thread with exactly the same problem as mine, but apologies if this is repetitive of another post. I have jaw pain while I play my tenor sax. It's more of a buildup of pressure...
  4. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    I've had a permanent injury since I was 12 or 13 - really messed up the vertebrae in my neck doing shoulder rolls in karate. Now there's this resistance and really gross popping noise whenever I move my left shoulder back. It's there for my right shoulder too, but much less noticeable. My head...
  5. Reeds
    I've recently started to use Rigotti Gold reeds and, possibly coincidentally, have developed a very sensitive bottom lip. The symptoms, which developed very gradually, are a burning sensation and moderate to eventually severe sensitivity to pressure (which obviously includes playing). They are...
  6. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hey, everyone I've been playing jazz bari sax quite seriously now for about 4-5 years. I'm 15, and my back and neck have recently started to become a problem. I'm pretty small, about 5'1-5'2 and around 93 lbs. I had to bail on a gig at the last minute a few days ago because of my neck and back...
  7. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    So, I have been playing alto for three years, a 1938 FX Huller. Been coming along ok doing some altissimo and playing at church and with a jazz quartet. I bought a Reference 54 tenor one month ago. I am playing an Otto Link 6* mouthpiece and using Vandoren 2 to 2.5 reeds. Sometimes using...
  8. General Discussion
    I have a question about tenor sax posture while standing. I realize this is a question that has been asked elsewhere, but a lot of the advice given seems to be of the 'you must do it this way' variety. I'm interested in the why as well, especially given that there are so many contradictory...
  9. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    The obvious cure for my post-gig foot pain is to be less of a saxophonist. Currently I run about 6'0" and 230, roughly 50 pounds over ideal. My wife has been tricking me into losing some weight lately by cooking healthier, but I'm still over. Anyway, the point of this thread starter ...... a...
  10. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hello, I am a Junior in High School and have just increased my practicing schedule. Starting three weeks ago, I have been playing for three hours during school (An hour and a half of Concert Band, followed by the same amount of Jazz Band), followed by two to three hours of Jazz Combo work...
  11. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hello everybody, I have started to play the saxophone two months ago, and now I have finally got time to practice really. So before I practiced roughly one hour a day, but in the last three days it was more like four hours. Unfortuntely, I feel a slight pain in my right wrist, not that bad...
  12. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hello all, I am currently getting over a bad cold and am finally starting to get rid of my sore throat. Despite my illness I've still had rehearsals to attend and gigs to do, so have had to battle against my sore throat for the past week or so :|. I've found that drinking lots of honey and...
  13. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    So I've been playing clarinet for a total of three days now for HS concert band. Last night I practiced for about half an hour, and I woke up this morning with this aching pain in my jaw, in the fleshy part just beneath my chin and above my neck (underneath my tongue?). it especially hurts to...
  14. Clarinet
    After even a short amount of practice, my right thumb really hurts! I've gone to clarinet from sax so that i can teach it to the younger kids that can't hold the sax - but first i've got to learn how to play the thing. Not too much difficulty so far, i've even started to go over the break...
  15. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    I have been playing alto saxophone for a year now (just started marching band in may) so I feel I should be used to the pain by now. I'm not. For the last couple weeks I have been feeling unbearable pain in my right hand, wrist, and thumb to where I have to sneak my hand off the sax. To add to...
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