gthom try this: with your jaws slightly apart slowly lower your jaw. Now release the jaw and sense it's rising. As it rises feel when another group of muscles takes over the raising of your jaw to the point of jaw contact. So in effect seek that point where you change muscles over between the lowing and the move to contact positions. Experiment and slowly be able to easily find that neutral position. That position where you use involuntary muscles to support your jaw. When you can identify that position easily and locate it quickly, mentally associate it with all your playing. Go through pieces in your mind imagining yourself playing but with your jaw in that neutral position. Soon that jaw position will become the automatic position for your jaw at all times when playing.gthom wrote: I know how important it is to keep the body relaxed and not fight against myself while playing, but so far the jaw clench has been the most difficult to get past. Anybody else ever have this issue and have any tips? Thanks!
That's me , when I look in the mirror while practicing I have to think " man doesn't he look mean " . Maybe it's because I take everything so seriously instead of relaxing and just enjoying the music . I just don't know what the answer to this problem is ( if it is a problem ) .fidicial wrote:Hey Frank, . Wish I could see that one. It is the opposite for me I tend to show no facial expressions at all. Maybe, I am just a robot or something.
I clench my jaw too when playing. When I focus on my breathing, the jaw clenching stops but my playing goes to pieces...Scott_Kritzer wrote:Here's another good technique. While you're playing breath through slightly open lips. There are a couple of benefits. First, it's hard to stay clenched with the lips open, although it can be done, secondly you tend to focus more on your breathing which relaxes your body and playing and thirdly it's a great technique for reducing breathing noise (through the nose), when recording.
More on the second point - in my Performance workshops we had one student who wiggled his jaw. When he focused on the breathing not only did his jaw stop working overtime but his playing was amazingly better! Record yourself, at least a short passage with a clenched and relaxed jaw. Listen to the difference.
Also to better cure the habit video tape yourself doing both, you'll get a better mental picture of what you want.