Topic: Embouchure Issues
Hello! I'm a high school bassoonist and I have been playing for about 5 years. In recent times(for the past 8 or 9 months) I have been having embouchure issues. I've been trying to maintain the round embouchure shape, applying equal pressure from corners and top and bottom, but when playing above a C4, I've noticed that my embouchure tends to get really tight (top teeth somehow get very close to the reed) and I can barely finish a phrase without wearing my embouchure out(better yet a movement of a piece). This is especially troubling, as I have college auditions this upcoming school year, and will definitely not be able to finish my rep if this problem continues to persist. I have braces, but I'm not quite sure that they are the issue. Any help I could receive would be great, thanks!