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The Mouthpiece

Getting the right set up of mouthpiece and reed is essential to good sax playing. There are a huge variety of saxophones, mouthpieces and reeds out there, so it's well worth getting a qualified person to help you out with the right set up.

There are however some things you can check for yourself :
  • The reed should be centred squarely on the mouthpiece
  • The tip of the reed should be level with the tip of the mouthpiece
  • You may find adjusting the ligature slightly up or down improves the air movement through the reed.
Mouth Position

  • Draw the lower lip back over the teeth
  • Rest the reed lightly on the lower lip
  • Make sure the jaw muscles are relaxed
  • The upper teeth rest gently on the mouthpiece - without biting!

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