Pereodontal surgery: Sax withdraw

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\r\n About three weeks ago I had extensive pereodontal surgery way back in the lower left molars: gum resection and a bone graft (using some drilled out extra bone from an outgrowth mixed with pig bone). My dentist said I would be able to keep playing, as my embouchure wouldn\'t impact the area, but I quickly found that the wide frequencies of the tenor caused impossibly severe pain where he drilled the bone out. But I was able to play a limited amount of time on soprano if I was careful to keep my left cheek tucked in, so I practiced a bit and then rehearsed a night each with my rock band and jazz trio. Nontheless, I blew out the rear gum and at my checkup a week later when he removed the stitches, my dentist said I couldn\'t touch any sax for at least two weeks.
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\r\nSo for about a week and a half I\'ve been in total sax withdraw and it\'s driving me crazy. I\'ve fooled around on the keyboard a little as a kind of sedative, but it hasn\'t helped-' + '-there\'s just no replacing the experience of breathing out notes and music. When I start practicing/playing again (end of this week) I\'m going to be very, very appreciative of the priviledge. I guess the lesson is, take good care of your mouth, your hands, and everything else you need to play; and love and appreciate every note you blow through your horn, because each one is a gift.\r\n
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    \r\n Wow I hope you heal real soon I feel for you glad you are getting through this cheers
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    \r\n I know your pain. I was once in about the same shape you are now. You have to have faith that you will get better.
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    \r\nIn the mean time, if the keyboard or computer cannot give you relief, you might consider the flute. I\'d love to be able to play flute but I suspect I will never have time to learn. But I suspect the embouchure would be much easier on the teeth and gums. You might give that a try while you are in the healing process. That\'s likely what I would attempt to do.\r\n
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    \r\n Thanks Doug and Enviroguy. Hey, the flute is a great idea, and you\'re right, I don\'t think it would cause problems. If this thing has to last much longer I\'ll look for one. Meanwhile, I\'m going to take in a couple of piano lessons.\r\n
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      About three weeks ago I had extensive pereodontal surgery way back in the lower left molars: gum resection and a bone graft (using some drilled out extra bone from an outgrowth mixed with pig bone). My dentist said I would be able to keep playing, as my embouchure wouldn't impact the area, but I quickly found that the wide frequencies of the tenor caused impossibly severe pain where he drilled the bone out. But I was able to play a limited amount of time on soprano if I was careful to keep my left cheek tucked in, so I practiced a bit and then rehearsed a night each with my rock band and jazz trio. Nontheless, I blew out the rear gum and at my checkup a week later when he removed the stitches, my dentist said I couldn't touch any sax for at least two weeks.

      So for about a week and a half I've been in total sax withdraw and it's driving me crazy. I've fooled around on the keyboard a little as a kind of sedative, but it hasn't helped--there's just no replacing the experience of breathing out notes and music. When I start practicing/playing again (end of this week) I'm going to be very, very appreciative of the priviledge. I guess the lesson is, take good care of your mouth, your hands, and everything else you need to play; and love and appreciate every note you blow through your horn, because each one is a gift.

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