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    William Cingolani

    How far up the mouthpiece should I put my teeth and lip etc. This was my test today. I put my teeth on my mouthpiece and kept scooting on up until I could blow the Fork F and the low C, low B, and low Bb. Blowing “Last Date” in G major calls for a low C, one that buzzes, and switching to F major calls for a low Bb. So when I do all that my mouth is correctly on the mouthpiece.



    For the stuff i do, depending on what style i’m playing, i play in lots of
    various mouth piece positions from the tip to the other end, even with
    top teeth off the mouthpiece to change the tone in some cases.

    but i wont do a kenny g and play it like i’m smoking a pipe.


    William Cingolani

    SX Poet, Sometimes I do a Kenny G smoking a pipe. I noticed that the late Homer “Boots” Randolph holds his mouthpiece a little off to the side, right of center



    Yes i seen that @william. Some other fellas heaps too.
    I’ll be more mindful and make some notes who. @sxpoet, who could it be now ????

    Coleman Hawkins sticks it in big time.
    Me i’m trying to swallow more MP as well, that is to get a better sound.
    It helps coz i ceertainly hammer my tounge rolling of late, and find the tip getz (sic) away from me.
    So it strangles the tone. When it gets away. The tip. Balance, Balance. Man, how much is enuff …
    ruff ‘eh

    Hey – Coleman Hawkins classic is, “Body and Soul”. Recorded October 11, 1939. Youse guys know it??
    Check it out!!

    Agh me hearties !!
    Good link be here ……………
    Pirates and Mermaids mayhaps:




    i never knew the significance behind waltzing matilda,
    until i read this article (pardon my ignorance), even the
    film cricodile dundee confused about what a dong was.


    more respect to waltzing…



    whoops it was a donk (accent is so confious)



    hey @sxpoet
    thanking you very kindly for the link
    i learnt to play Waltzing Matilda second song on the button accordion (melodeon / squeezebox)
    my first song, the drover’s dream. wild australiana tune, many animals of our locale therein

    i dunno wot a dong is either
    maybe ding dong the mouse run up the clock??
    (being to rock i guess)
    horus fugit / time flies

    down at sailing club a guy has a Tornado 20′ racing cat (designed by an Englishman, Reg White)
    once an Olympic class boat to recently
    this particular boat, itz called, “Massive Dong”
    true blue

    (# for sale on Gumtree in Perth if you’d like to peruse photo captures
    came from Europe, some company called Dong somethink, sponsors
    guys got pissed and changed the name overnight on him & he liked it so stays
    crack up hey!!)

    dong is bloke’s 3rd leg

    also colloquial
    for the sake of example, say –
    hey man, i’ll dong ya on the head! get with the program!!

    {like hey man if you don’t stay on topic in the Forum here i will hit you over the head.
    With a saxophone. Like.



    crikey moses who would thunk
    @sxpoet donked if me knows cobber
    could be a referral to blues song where train left the station and the guy’s donkey up and died
    you know the air??




    in the crocidile dundee film, to me donk sounds like dong,
    a bit like the english version “fork handles”
    instead of “four candles?”

    way off top full appogolies



    in terms of music, i meant comedy i found this sketch


    wow this post went in a weird direction!….
    but getting back to Williams original question…

    there’s a great experiment you should do regarding how far up to place your teeth.
    this is really important cause the further we can go the bigger our sound can potentially be.
    so the experiment, or practice exercise is to start where you normally do, then go up as much as you can until you don’t have any more control over your sound. at this point roll back just a tad until you do.
    If you do this regularly you should eventually feel comfortable at a point that is higher than when you originally started, and then, you will have probably improved your sound. This doesn’t happen overnight so try doing it for a few weeks at least.
    when I was young my great teacher taught me this and it really worked.

    Michael Bishop
    Michael Bishop

    What Johnny is saying is the same thing my local Sax instructor had told me. For me, the ‘sweet spot’ was always where the curvature of the MP facing length comes in contact with the reed–it’s right at that point where I put my top teeth, use my bottom lip as a cushion and create a seal around the MP with the sides/corners of my lips. Any more than that, it felt like I had too much of the MP in my mouth. If I had less of the MP in my mouth, I couldn’t get enough air into it.

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