Keith Underwood

muscles

FLUTE-PLAYING MUSCLES MENTIONED IN

KEITH UNDERWOOD’S MASTER CLASSES by susan Maclagan


Muscles of the Lower Face


Mentalis: “fuh” or sternness muscle.

-moves the chin upwards and presses the lower lip up into the teeth.


Depressor Labil Inferioris: Curling (not pouting) muscle

-curls the lip down and away from the lower teeth.


Triangularis (also Depressor Anguli Oris): frowning or spreading corners of mouth out and down muscle

-a framework muscle within which Mentalis and Depressor Labil Inferioris work.


Note: Triangularis and Mentalis work together


Muscles of the Upper Face


Zygomaticus Major: main smiling muscle. Specifically, open smile muscle

-goes towards your ears and lifts your cheek

-a framework muscle that is a mirror image of Triangularis


Note: You want the two frameworks working together.


Buccinator: smirk muscle

-forms wall of cheek

-Most muscles have two points of attachment, but this muscle has four: corner of the mouth, lower jaw, in front of the ear, cheekbone.


Levator Labil Superioris: sneering muscle. Elvis Presley Muscle.


Procerus: scowling or concentration muscle between eyebrows

-keeps upper face active


Nasalis: snooty muscle attached to bridge of nose

-when pushing upper lip down, mirror image of mentalis


Depressor Supercilii: scowling muscle. Eyebrows and eyes lowered. Makes sound more dense


Middle Frontalis: ingratiating pleading.

-a muscle in the middle of the forehead that raises eyebrows up so they point upwards and turns the upper lip muscles up and out.

-Rampal uses a lot.


Occipitalis:

-two points at the back of the head

-you can feel them if you raise your eyebrows and touch the back of head