Updated: 2009-08-25, Author:  

Nutrition for Healing Embouchure Shaking

For a brass or woodwind player, embouchure shaking is a very serious, and often career-threatening, ailment. The solutions to this problem can be quite complex and may involve a retraining of the muscle-use of the embouchure and allowing ample rest between practice and performance.

However, there may be other factors that influence the tendency toward weakness in these very small muscles. Inadequate nutrition can play an enormous role in the embouchure’s lack of endurance. If the diet is poor or there is an underlying digestive disorder, which is causing malabsorption, the muscles of the embouchure may not be receiving full energy.

The book, Performance without Pain, can help you understand how to improve embouchure strength and stability through a diet that builds optimal health–one that focuses on nutrient-dense traditional foods.