A stable mask, a relaxed jaw, flexibility of the lips and tongue control.
For the wind instrumentists, the search for a balance between the constrictor muscle (orbicular) and all the dilatator muscles is crucial.
If the dilatator muscles work in all directions (as the sun), the lowering muscles of the lips are too often neglected.
An other example, the lack of flexibility when producing a low frequency comes from an excessive relaxation of the mask.
This discomfort makes you compensate, creates unnecessary tension and fatigue.
We must remember that the quality of the mask and the lips depends on the dynamics of the tongue and respiration.
The tongue is directly related to the management of the air flow and avoids the compensation of the mask or the lips.
Focus on the mask only is a source of tension:
- Your jaw is drawn tight, you clench your teeth, tense your neck muscles, your throat is closing.
- The agonist/antagonist muscle balance of the mask can be disorganized.
- If the lips compensate, they get tired and can overwork.
To optimize your mask or your lips, it is necessary to adjust your shoulders, your coronal plane “from toes to head”, your respiration and your tongue.