A saxophone makes your lips bigger
Help with too hard an approach
You know the problem: played the saxophone for 20 minutes and your lower lip is already sore, making you think you've already chewed it through. It doesn't have to be. Many learn their approach from clarinetists who believe that the saxophone is the "second instrument" to the clarinet and therefore has the same approach. With a clear mind, there is not much in common: Clarinet = cylindrical wooden body with a different handle system and - different approach! The clarinetist tends to "smile" while playing and that quickly becomes uncomfortable as the prevailing jaw tension puts a lot of strain on the lower lip.
The RING TENSION, which the saxophonist generates almost exclusively with the lip muscles, is significantly less stress-free and allows the vibrations that arise in the throat to be directed onto the palate and through it into the sinuses - the sound becomes bigger, fatter. With the sound "O" (Engl. "Four" to speak ") or with a lip shape that roughly corresponds to the whistling (ideally think a deep and strictly whistled tone!) Or the famous statement of the Queen" we are not amuuused “(Corner of the mouth downwards!) You will quickly reach your goal: the chin drops down, the tongue sinks into the throat sac, the soft palate rises. The lips surround the base in a circular and firm manner, the tongue touches the leaf from below at an angle of about 45 degrees. Then build up air pressure, the epiglottis ALWAYS remains open, release the tongue and the tone sounds immediately.
Then try to loosen the beginning until the note is exactly a semitone lower than the fingered (e.g. let H1 fall to Bb1), then tighten the tone again up to the fingered pitch. In this way you learn that the approach can be flexible and that you shouldn't bite into the mouthpiece. For particularly tough cases: turn the mouthpiece 90 degrees, then it is completely perpendicular to the mouth. Now try to blow a note, but WITHOUT totally dislocating yourself. The posture remains the same, only you can turn your head slightly. Then go back to the original position - your approach has become much looser. Sure, because turning your head also causes you to pull your chin down in order to be able to play a halfway normal note at all!
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