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    peter schooling

      HI All
      As a newbie to this forum i’m throwing out this issue with the hope that someone has might have a clever solution. i use a Selmer C* mouthpiec and have put a silicone teeth protector on the top which i hoped would protect my top teeth (whic it does) but after 2 / 3 bars of playing i find my mouth has slipped down the mouthpiece so that i have a tiny piece of the mouthpiece in my mouth. i then need to slide my mouth up again to play effectively.

      does anyone have any thoughts on how to stop this?

      thanks in advance for your help.

      Pete Schooling
      (Guildford / UK)


        it’s just happening naturally without you thinking about it, so why not spend your practice session thinking about it…
        first make sure you’ve found your sweet spot, that you are actually where you should be on it.
        I did a video on this which might only be available in the Premium section. If you don’t have access to it then just experiment going from a small portion near the tip to an extreme point way down the mp…until it ‘s obviosly too far down (too much in your mouth).
        At this point start rolling it back little by little until it feels like there is still a bit too much in your mouth.
        The idea is to work at it until it doesn’t feel hard to play anymore at this new higher position.
        We can’t develop a big sound with a very little bit in our mouth, it has to be quite a bit. And this sweet spot is different for all of us so experiment and give it some time.
        this exercise will make you focus on your position and eventually you won’t be sliding down anymore….it worked for me!

        brother cavefish

          maybe the bit pad is too big, i think i use the Rico reserve ones , strong but thin clear


            Make sure you are not (unknowingly) letting your sax drop below your mouth, and put your bottom lip on the point the reed starts to open on the rail of the m/p and anchor the m/p with top teeth on bite plate?

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