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    Default Embouchure tips

    Hi everybody:

    I have been playing sax for about a year. I can blow low and hard and even when I blow softly, the air is still escaping. However, I can not avoid air escaping from my mouth or my sax I do not know. Could you tell me some tecniques or exercises to improve?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Embouchure tips

    Quote Originally Posted by saxphilosopher View Post
    Hi everybody:

    I have been playing sax for about a year. I can blow low and hard and even when I blow softly, the air is still scaping. However, I can not avoid air scapingfrom my mouth or my sax I do not know. Could you tell me some tecniques or exercises to improve?

    Thanks!
    Do you mean escaping? If so, then all you have to do is make sure the sides of your mouth are closed.
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    Default Re: Embouchure tips

    Do you mean escaping? If so, then all you have to do is make sure the sides of your mouth are closed.

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    Default Re: Embouchure tips

    It sounds like embouchure fatigue. What reed and mouthpiece are you playing? Does your bottom lip hurt after playing?

    We need a bit more info to give you any real help on this.

    Do you have a teacher?
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    Default Re: Embouchure tips

    I really wanted to say something almost mean, but I'm going to be nice.

    If you have air escaping from the sides of your mouth you might want to try using a softer reed.
    Then you should concentrate on forming your embouchure in the shape of an 'O' around the mouthpiece.
    Make sure you are taking in enough mouthpiece as well.
    Without being able to see and hear your problem it's a little hard to give advice with the little information you have given.
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    Default Re: Embouchure tips

    Thanks for your advice. I am using a Vandoren #2.5 and a 5c Yamaha. I am improving but a few amount of air is escaping yet.

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