Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Embouchure can be a major roadblock in young saxophonists. Embouchure is the positioning of your mouth around the mouthpiece of the saxophone. This can greatly affect the sounds that come out. If you are pressing too hard on the reed, the sound will be either sharp or flat, depending on the note you are playing. Also, if the mouthpiece is placed too far on the neck, the sound will be sharp. If the mouthpiece is not pushed on enough, then your sound will be flat.

Think of the “instrument” as being not the actual piece of metal, but you, as mentioned in a previous post. All of the sound comes from you, more specifically your mouth. Your teeth should be positioned so that they are resting on the top of the mouthpiece, with your upper lip closed over them. Your bottom lip also curls over your bottom teeth, and the bottom of your lower lip rests on the underside of the reed. The corners of your mouth should be tight. No air should be able to escape through any part of your mouth, except into the mouthpiece, of course. The first few weeks you are playing, it may hurt your lip and leave tooth imprints. This may look unnatural, but it is normal, do not worry. For more information, go to Saxophone Lessons.

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