Dry Mouth Problem

Meerkat

New Member
For the past few weeks I have been suffering with a dry mouth resulting in the inability to produce notes, it has happened at rehearsal and also at a contest. I've never experienced this before and have always performed reasonably in a contest situation. Any advice would be much appreciated.
 

Dave Euph

Member
In every rehearsal, concert and contest situation, I always have a bottle of water next to me. I feel terribly insecure without one! But it also moistens the mouth (shock! horror!) ... :)
 

Vickitorious

Active Member
For the first time on sunday, I took a bottle of water on stage with me at a contest!
Normally, if i get a dry mouth while im on stage, I just scrape my tongue across my teeth, it helps a bit until you get hold of some water afterwards!
 

Euph-Bari

Active Member
my teacher was once telling me he used to get dry mouth
some one told him that, if before he went on stage he took a bit out of an apple then stuck that in his pocket, everytime it happened he could suck on the apple, and the juices, bring your saliva out
he did this, never got a dry mouth again, never even needed to suck on the apple, the fact that he had it just in case prevented it
obviously he ate the apple after 8)

I just take water
 

WoodenFlugel

Moderator
Staff member
I always take a bottle of water on with me at concerts and contests. It helps psychologically if nothing else, theres nothing worse than drying up in the middle of a contest!
The downside is, of course, you start to rely on it.
 

bassinthebathroom

Active Member
I find that, whilst water will moisten the mouth, the best to actually stimulate saliva is to eat something with a taste to it before a performance. Fruit Pastilles or Fruit Gums or something like that are a good option. I always carry a packet or Fruit Pastilles with me at a concert or contest. The real challenge is not eating them all before I play! :oops:
 

BFN

Member
I went to a trombone master class a couple of years ago at the RSAMD, and the guy playing (can't remember his name...) said that the WORST thing to do is to take water, becasue your mouth doesn't retain it. He then went on to say that the best thing to do is to crush a Polo and leave the powder on your stand and to dab your tongue with it you get dry. Never tried it, but then again I never really need water - but VERY occasionally I take a sip from my spray bottle...
 

winterman

Member
A good quick way (which works for me) that a fellow player told me about , should you forget to take anything with you..

If you get dry, wet your finger with spit (as much as you need and gently rub it on the bump behind your ear.. apparently one of the sailva glands is triggered from there and you can get through most things.

I didn't believe but it has come in handy the last 3 contests I have done

Mic
 

Aidan

Active Member
standstudent said:
the WORST thing to do is to take water, becasue your mouth doesn't retain it.
I have found that too. Your mouth gets wet for abit then goes even drier :evil: i still use water (well... apple tango) in rehearsals, but not on contest stage normally
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
winterman said:
A good quick way (which works for me) that a fellow player told me about , should you forget to take anything with you..

If you get dry, wet your finger with spit (as much as you need and gently rub it on the bump behind your ear.. apparently one of the sailva glands is triggered from there and you can get through most things.

I didn't believe but it has come in handy the last 3 contests I have done

Mic
This is invaluable.
Never Fails.
 

2nd man down

Moderator
Staff member
Well Worth It said:
winterman said:
A good quick way (which works for me) that a fellow player told me about , should you forget to take anything with you..

If you get dry, wet your finger with spit (as much as you need and gently rub it on the bump behind your ear.. apparently one of the sailva glands is triggered from there and you can get through most things.

I didn't believe but it has come in handy the last 3 contests I have done

Mic
This is invaluable.
Never Fails.
Youre a percussionist :? :?: Or have you got other hidden talents?
 

deezastar

Member
standstudent said:
I went to a trombone master class a couple of years ago at the RSAMD, and the guy playing (can't remember his name...) said that the WORST thing to do is to take water, becasue your mouth doesn't retain it. He then went on to say that the best thing to do is to crush a Polo and leave the powder on your stand and to dab your tongue with it you get dry. Never tried it, but then again I never really need water - but VERY occasionally I take a sip from my spray bottle...
Is that before or after you get arrested for having suspected illegal substances?? :D
 

Dave Euph

Member
standstudent said:
I went to a trombone master class a couple of years ago at the RSAMD, and the guy playing (can't remember his name...) said that the WORST thing to do is to take water, becasue your mouth doesn't retain it.
Well that's fair enough for him but it works for me. By playing a brass instrument you are losing water through the physical strain and the spit you lose through buzzing. Basically drinking water rehydrates you so you can keep your water levels up. It's easier to moisten your mouth if you are fresh rather than dehydrated.

So although I can take the point, saying that it's the worst thing to do sounds wrong to me. It sounds like saying that the worst thing to do when you're gasping for breath after a long phrase is breathe ... :shock:
 

drunkandy

New Member
An old friend of mine used to drink water on concert stages, but had a hip flask with whisky for contests. He swore that the whisky got your saliva flowing. I tried it once and it did work.... wouldn't really recommend it for everyone, though!
 
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