Azimuthal instabilities are prevalent in annular gas turbine combustors; these instabilities have been observed in industrial systems and research combustors, and have been predicted in simulations. Recent experiments in a model annular combustor have resulted in self-excited, circumferential instability modes at a variety of operating conditions. The instability mode "drifts" between standing and spinning waves, both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotating, during the course of operation. In this study, we analyze the flame response to standing wave modes by comparing the flame dynamics in a self-excited annular combustor with the flame dynamics in a single nozzle, transverse forcing rig. In the model annular combustor, differences in flame fluctuation have been observed at the node and anti-node of the standing pressure wave. Flames at the pressure anti-node display symmetric fluctuations, while flames at the pressure node execute asymmetric, flapping motions. This flame motion has been measured using both OH* chemiluminescence and planar laser induced fluorescence of OH radicals. To better understand these flame dynamics, the time-resolved velocity fields from a transverse forcing experiment are presented, and show that such a configuration can capture the symmetric and asymmetric disturbance fields at similar frequency ranges. Using high-speed PIV in multiple planes of the flow, it has been found that symmetric ring vortex shedding is driven by pressure fluctuations at the pressure antinode whereas helical vortex disturbances drive the asymmetric flame disturbances at pressure nodes. By comparing the results of these two experiments, we are able to more fully understand flame dynamics during self-excited combustion instability in annular combustion chambers.