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Orofacial Problems


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Pierre, D.
Journal Title: Medical Problems of the Instrumental Musician
Date Published: 2000
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: orofacial technique instrumental musician
Full Citation: Pierre, Dana. Orofacial Problems. In Medical Problems of the Instrumentalist Musician, edited by Raoul Tubiana, and Peter C. Amadio, 467-489. London: The Livery House, 2000.
Full Abstract: Playing music is a cooperation of musician and instrument. Problems occur because of the musician, the instrument, or improper configuration of the two. The breath of the musician does not have a direct influence on the instrument. The sound is a result of vibrations along the air column within the instrument. These vibrations are dependent upon the lips and the buccal cavity. One problem the brass musician faces is that the spaces of the harmonic series become increasingly closer together as the pitch raises. This makes notes easy to crack and is complicated by the fact that the notes have characteristic intonation anomalies that require adjustment from the player. The result is an imbalance between musician and instrument that often causes detrimental flaws in technique. These flaws in technique contribute to typical musician injuries. Musicians need to sort out their problems to determine if they are: physiological, psychological, mechanical, or musical. For successful treatment, musicians must be willing to follow the therapist's plan, and be able to describe with detail all symptoms.