Dr. Simon McGrail, the surgeon who successfully operated on my torn orbicularis oris (or lip muscle, for you newcomers), has developed a set of exercises to strengthen damaged and weakened lip muscles. There has been considerable interest in these lip exercises, especially among trumpet players, so I gave Dr. McGrail a call a few months back and asked if I could share them with you. He said “Yes, they’re for anyone who can use them,” so here they are! If you have questions, please contact me using the link above and I’ll get right back to you.
It is easy to do these exercises incorrectly, and I did them incorrectly for months before getting it right (especially #4). I hope this post helps other players get things right the first time. [Read more…]