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    Unhappy Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Hello Everyone About 2 years ago I had 4 teeth out, 2 from the bottom and 2 from the top. Ever since then I have been leaking air out of either side of my mouth when I play.. which Is quite annoying..
    Please can anyone suggest a solution to this?

    Thankyou regards GroovySaxChick

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Teeth from where? The front or back of the mouth?
    Teeth from the back shouldn't be an issue. You just have a bad embouchure that needs fixing.
    Teeth from the front could be and issue with supporting the mouthpiece.
    The only reason I could see that there would be escaping air is that you are using an overly tight "Paper clip lip" type of embouchure.
    Try thinking more along the lines of a drawstring pouch when you form your embouchure and see if that helps a bit.
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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Yes from the front.. and thats a good idea! I will try that.. thankyou!

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    I had that issue with a metal MPC for alto. It was just too narrow. If you're using metal, you may find a traditional HR piece may fix the issue. I hesitate to say you may just have a big mouth...

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Maybe you are just the next Ben Webster! :-) Although "groovy" would then no longer describe you...

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fader View Post
    I had that issue with a metal MPC for alto. It was just too narrow. If you're using metal, you may find a traditional HR piece may fix the issue. I hesitate to say you may just have a big mouth...
    Or, you might try a different metal piece. All metal mouthpieces are not created equal.

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    I knew a very fine studio and show woodwind doubler who leaked air. It was obvious when you were close to him but it couldn't be heard on recordings or broadcasts. I also knew several clarinetists that leaked air. If your sound is real good a little air leak will not be heard off stage. As long as it's not louder than your actual tone.

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    I think I sound better when i leak air out the sides of my mouth than when i scrunch up my embouchure to prevent the air from escaping. I also play a really narrow mouthpiece. It honestly doesn't matter that much.

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    It seems like when you reach a certain level (Ben Webster), air escaping can be add a Good effect
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    Implants are your best friend.
    1926 Buescher Model 122 True Tone Series III Gold Plated Soprano -- Morgan Vintage 6
    1936 Buescher Model 139 Custom Built Bare Brass Baritone -- TW Durga 8*
    1938 Buescher Model 139 Aristocrat Gold Plated Baritone -- TW Durga 8*
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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    Quote Originally Posted by maddenma View Post
    Implants are your best friend.
    Lol

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    You mean dental implants.

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    Default Re: Air escaping Embouchure..?

    That is what I meant. What was on your mind?
    1926 Buescher Model 122 True Tone Series III Gold Plated Soprano -- Morgan Vintage 6
    1936 Buescher Model 139 Custom Built Bare Brass Baritone -- TW Durga 8*
    1938 Buescher Model 139 Aristocrat Gold Plated Baritone -- TW Durga 8*
    1947 Buescher Model B-11 400 (Top Hat & Cane) Bare Brass Tenor -- TW Durga 8
    1949 Buescher Model B-7 400 (Top Hat & Cane) Silver Plated Alto -- Ishimori Traditional Jazz 7
    1949 Buescher Model 140 Aristocrat (Big B) Lacquer Alto -- Ishimori Traditional Jazz 7
    1949 Buescher Model 156 Aristocrat (Big B) Gold Plated Tenor -- TW Durga 8
    1970-something Yamaha Model YBS-61 Baritone -- TW Durga 8*



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