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The Rule of Thumb for Saxophone

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • September 12, 2016

Most sax players use too little mouthpiece in the mouth. I use my “rule of thumb”: have them put their thumb in their mouth so their bottom teeth are at the bottom of their thumbnail. That’s how much mouthpiece should be in their mouth. If they match that to their mouthpiece, it will open up their sound and help with their pitch.

Dan Hodgkins
Torrington Middle School
Torrington, CT

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