Topic: short upper lip oboe

I have a student who CANNOT roll her upper lip in over her teeth. Teeth too big or lip too small.   She is a nice player and musician, but her endurance is very weak because the little muscles in her lips have to hold onto the reed all the time.  (As I get tired I rely on the basic friction of my rolled-in lips to hold things together.)  We have worked directly on endurance  by having her push her practice sessions just a minute or two past the point of tiredness, and we have had some success - but she's just come back from Spring Break and things are back to square one.  Does anyone have a suggestion for dealing with this physical issue?


Jennet Ingle