I have been playing for nearly 2 years. I have had a moderately tight jaw for about the last six months now. It is not painful, just a bit tight, but nonetheless I wish I could get rid of it. I read on this site in the past to break practice sessions into small 10 minute chunks. I do about 5 of these per day.
The tightness is annoying because I have a lot of music to work on, but I have to limit practice. I wondered if anyone had any suggestions? Does anyone else get tight jaw?
I do not clench my jaw on chin rest, but I think I did when I started out, also I remember playing for about 2 hours in my first year (maybe I overdid it). I have the shoulder rest low and use a bit of padding under my shirt to get violin to desired height. I lift my head off chin rest where possible.
Thanks for listening,
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