Makes me understand why my husband is so crazy about brushing his teeth before he plays his tuba:
Kind of gross, right?
Now, I am not exactly an angel when it comes to eating and playing…in fact I’ve been known to teach or practice while drinking coffee (tee hee…). But I think us woodwinders have an advantage over brass players – we actually get to swab out our instruments all the time. Now, I’m not sure all the crud gets out, but it helps. Honestly, I don’t think the inside of my instrument is dirty at all…I have had my instrument for 6 years and it is clean as a whistle inside – I would feel comfortable eat off it if that were possible.
Now it sounds gross, but I usually try to “swish” out the chunks of whatever I have just eaten with water or whatever I’ve got on hand (celery sticks are great for “cleaning out” your mouth!) before I blow on my instrument. But I never ever brush my teeth…I don’t see a real need for it.
I do try to refrain from snacks during rehearsal breaks…I usually give string/piano players the evil eye to make sure they leave me and my woodwind friends some for after rehearsal is over. The only reason I do this is because I don’t want crumbs getting stuck in my reed/mouthpiece! Not because I’m concerned of the potential germs, haha.
So call me a bad girl, but I don’t care!