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Old 08-27-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Lip Service?

So after ~2weeks on my initial endeavor on the PC...I'm finding the most effective "lip strengthener" (sans actually playing it), is to bring the mouthpiece into work, and whenever I have the chance, blow into it with my thumb offering the approximation of the reed resistance for as long as I can.

Any other tips/adivce? I'm at about 10 minutes before I start blowing raspberries.

:edit: Yes I do have lessons w/ a Teacher coming...I have to arrange some schedules to make it work...but was hoping to get some conditioning in before I go.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:39 PM   #2
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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only playing the PC will cure it, today it will be 10 mins six months time you will probably not question it again.
should not worry about it, its part and parcel of piping.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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Whew! ... and I thought I just had wimpy lips! Thanks for the link John.. I've been doing some variations of those too. It's funny. I do them at work (IT Tech), and then when I interact with people I have to explain why my speech is slurred or I'll get in trouble!
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:39 AM   #5
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I just use a pen. It is less obtrusive and more closely approximates the resistance of the pipes.
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:11 AM   #6
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This will go well with my finger waving (exercising). I look as if I should lay off the coffee!!
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:41 AM   #7
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Honestly, I never worried about practicing blowing. Just playing my PC was good enough practice for me. It only took a month or so to get used to it, and I didn't really notice the problem again until I started on pipes.
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:10 AM   #8
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Honestly, I never worried about practicing blowing. Just playing my PC was good enough practice for me. It only took a month or so to get used to it, and I didn't really notice the problem again until I started on pipes.
What happened when you started playing the pipes? Why did you "notice the problem" again?
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
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And,
Some NEVER get used to a round mouthpiece ...

http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/ubb...true#Post482560

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Old 08-28-2008, 02:02 PM   #10
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Hanashi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Honestly, I never worried about practicing blowing. Just playing my PC was good enough practice for me. It only took a month or so to get used to it, and I didn't really notice the problem again until I started on pipes.
What happened when you started playing the pipes? Why did you "notice the problem" again? </div></div>
The amount of lip strength you need playing the pipes is orders of magnitude greater than what is needed to play the PC. Starting out, it was always a race to see what would tire out sooner, my pucker or my arm. Both are strengthened best by the same thing...playing the pipes.
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