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Old 05-24-2016, 06:43 AM   #5
Jim Fogelman
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Default Re: Embouchure stamina

Where does he hold the mouthpiece? If off to the side, then his muscles aren't developed there and may actually be weaker with the strength required to hold and play the sax mouthpiece. Make sure he's playing centered (tell him to put the mouthpiece where he puts his sax mouthpiece).

I use an embouchure very similar to that of a sax or clarinet player, with my bottom lip rolled over my bottom teeth, top teeth pressing the mouthpiece into my bottom lip, and top lip sealing. I found it much easier for me to play with an Airstream or Reed Wrangler mouthpiece because of this. It might be worth looking into for the kid.
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