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Lips Hurting

by Angelique
(New Zealand, Dunedin.)

Hello, Every time i blow onto my chanter,after about 1 minute my lips go really numb and then i can't play anymore. It's very fustrating

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Sep 05, 2012
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Lips Hurting
by: Bill Robertson

PS,
I should have mentioned in my earlier reply of today, that is most likely helps to keep your cheecks well in while blowing(not ballooned)to allow the better support on your lips.
Trusting all the replies help,
Bill

Sep 05, 2012
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Angelique,
Basically I think you make sure your practice chanter reed, if a practice chanter you are refrring to, is not too strong to blow. If it is, a small rubber band twisted enough can be rolled up from the bottom of the reed to apply pressure to the blades of the reed by degrees to find a suitable strength. Practice regularly in periods of a few minutes and gradually increase the time of the periods as your lip muscles strengthen.
It is a matter of time and reasonable continuity of good correct practise.The lips usually are supported to some degree by the the teeth behind the lips as you blow naturally.
I trust that helps.
Best wishes,
Bill Robertson - bagpiper1@slingshot.co.nz

Sep 05, 2012
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by: Dave

Are you blowing in the right end?

Try not to blow with the lips, blow from the chest I think that's the trick.

Some people I know tend to grip the blowpipe or practice chanter with their teeth although I wouldn't recommend that.

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