Archive for the ‘saxophone’ Category

patience

19Sep08

One of my biggest obstacles in my first year was controlling my temper and keeping patient with my students. I got better as the year went along. In fact, by the time May rolled around, I was not threatening to send my kids to the office and I wasn’t having to bite my tongue so […]


routines

10Sep08

While my first year was mostly a learning experience disguised as a disaster, this year has been more invigorating and enjoyable. I come home happy most days so far, and feel ready to go the next day, for the most part. Last night is one example, where I had been at school from 7am to […]


wunderkind

30Aug08

This boy comes into the band hall, he’s signed up for band, and we try him out a lot of different mouthpieces. Saxophone: with little effort, he makes a good tone, not too far off pitch. Clarinet: even less effort, good strong sound. Flute: not bad. Definitely workable. Trumpet: not bad, could be great with […]


There are several schools of thought on this: One way would teach you to put your bottom lip over your bottom teeth ever so slightly, then wrapping the mouth around the saxophone much like a clarinet. The one I learned focuses on making the embouchure into a meaty cushion that keeps the bottom teeth completely […]