Hi everyone. Andy, I’m exactly the same way…playing w/ my mouth open (inadvertantly, of course). I found it really ironic that you posted this b/c I’ve been making a consious effort to keep my mouth shut @ all times when I play (i.e., gigs, w/ students, & even @ home practice). Going through DVDs of some of the recorded gigs of time passed, I seem to always have my mouth opened…not in a foolish manner mind you—but open nonetheless.
So, it’s a kind of struggle (believe it or not, it isn’t easy for me) for some reason or another! But I feel more ‘professional’ when I look better drumming, as drumming is partly appearence as well.
The first example (for myself) that I think of is Neil Peart! I really like the way that he looks while performing. I own all 7 of the “Rush” concert DVDs availible + all of their bio DVDs & Neil’s instructionals & he looks very professional ; deep in concetration, no real expressions of effort unless he’s really playing a complex pattern!
Thank you all for the post & stay w/ the topic. Personally, I’d LOVE to hear what you other drummers out there think of this particular topic!