July 3, 2007 at 11:31 PMGreetings,
No Albert. Get down of the ceiling. It’s the ones near the ear that move the lower jaw. Scary isn’t it. We violinists spend so many years screwing up our most potentially damaging body part without a care in the world.
But have no fear. Here is an unorthodox and helpful little stretch for violinists who haven’t won the Dubikovsky competition. First relax you neck. Imagine a thread pulling your head p to the ceiling. Now open your mouth and allow the head to tilt backwards so that you are looking at the ceiling (more or less). You are probably feeling a bit of a prat right now but this move will be de rigueur at all Russian music competitions form next year. From this position simply close your mouth by moving the lower jaw against the upper jaw so that your lips are together. You will feel an incredible stretch all the way under your chin and down the front of the neck. Some people have neglected this area for so long they actually can’t close the mouth with the head in this position.
I knew good and well that the eyelids are the strongest muscle in the body. So there!.
I therefore use that type of concept to simply try and make myself better. And further, I compete only with myself. I find that even friendly banter among gardeners abrasive.
And, I'm glad I see the world this way.
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