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January 2, 2012 at 9:51 am #8958
First, I apologize if this was answered in the Page 2 Embouchure post, but for some reason I'm not able to see any of the 2nd page posts besides the topic headers.
I saw somewhere in the past where a guy took a sheet of paper and slid it between the mouthpiece and reed and drew a line across the reed. This line was the point where the reed was always in contact with the mouthpiece. When you are blowing, are you trying to keep your lower lip past this line where the reed contacts the mouthpiece? I'd guess yes so you would not be constricting the reeds vibration…?
Anyway, I have done a little work with the eeee-ahhhh video's and breathing and I've already noticed an improvement, and now I can actually put out a softer and louder tones (which is nice since I was just starting into dynamics), and some early stage growls (hey, I had to try it…it was staring me in the face and it's fun!!!)
Happy New Years all!
TroyJanuary 3, 2012 at 12:21 am #10212
Thanks and happy new year to you too Troy.
Your bottom lip shouldn't be that low on the reed. It goes a little closer to the tip than down to where it makes contact with the rail of the mp. Of course this differs from each mp as they all have different levels of curves etc.
Don't go too close to the tip though because you may "choke" the sound a bit. To develope a big tone we try to put a little more of the mp in the mouth, but there is a fine line from the perfect amount to having it too far in and as you experiment you will eventually feel that perfect sweet spot.
Good Luck!January 9, 2012 at 4:14 am #10226
I tried this and also tried pushing my mouthpiece on a little further, and I've only been able to practice a couple of times, but it seems to be making a positive change in my playing so far!January 10, 2012 at 12:37 am #10229
Troy, when you say you pushed your mp on a little further, do you mean sliding it in on the cork on the neck?January 10, 2012 at 6:49 am #10231
Yes, I meant sliding the mouthpiece onto the cork another 1/4 inch, +/-. When I read my earlier post, it was quite ambiguious. It's one of those things I'll take with me to the music store the next time (my neck and mouthpiece). One person's definition of a snug fit could easily vary from the next person's. I've read that also changes the sound from the size/length of the chamber, if that's the right term?January 11, 2012 at 4:28 am #10232
OK Troy, This post is about embouchure and what I meant is we should take as much of the mp inside the mouth as possible. Of course there is going to be apoint when there's so much in there we'll lose control of everything, but go there, and then pull it back little by little until you gain full control again.
When you start getting comfortable you can try putting a little more in, this is because you can get a bigger sound when more is inside… to a point.
Sliding the mp further in on the cork has nothing to do with embouchure, this is in fact how we tune our saxophones. The further in it goes the sharper the note will get.
Hope this helps!
JohnnyMarch 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm #10296Sabine SemmelrockParticipant
First: I want to mention I had the same problem as Troy, with being unable to read posts on page 2. That was solved by checking in the address bar how it's displayed. if it says https://howtoplaysaxophone.org/forum?vasthtmlaction=postreply&thread=72.1, then it won't open. change that 1 at the end to a zero, and voila-you can read the post
SO, back to the sax: I have been trying, I can get sounds out of it (wohooo 😉 ) and then I checked on how you are supposed to do it, and I can't! If my teeth go anywhere near the reed, all I get is very loud squeaking. will that get better with practice? Or is it ok NOT to have my (top)teeth on the reed?
Cause then I do fine…..March 18, 2012 at 1:33 am #10294Dave TuckerParticipant
If your top teeth are on the reed as you say, you have your mouthpiece upside down. The reed should be on your bottom lip that slightly covers you bottom teeth.
DaveMarch 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm #10297Sabine SemmelrockParticipant
bhahahahaha, what a mistake to make! I actually went and took a lesson today and found out there that that's what I did wrong. I still have to giggle about that, I am sure not too many people make THAT mistake….
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