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rotate

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I am a complete beginner: can play 'Amazing Grace' :) and some of the notes sound quite nice and saxophony.

The thing is, it plays best at the start and then, in a matter of 2 or 3 minutes, gets much harder to play. Is this telling me something? Great thanks any help.
 

neil

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i`ll pretty much guarantee its your mouth getting tired.....have a little rest then play again....you might find it sounds good again....it will get better with practice.
 

Moz

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Definitely lip-failure. You have a long way to go but improvment in embouchure comes quickly with regular practice. Lots of little practices rather than one or two long sessions is best at first.

Martin
 

Andante cantabile

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I am a complete beginner: can play 'Amazing Grace' :) and some of the notes sound quite nice and saxophony.

The thing is, it plays best at the start and then, in a matter of 2 or 3 minutes, gets much harder to play. Is this telling me something? Great thanks any help.

A possible cause, apart from inexperience, is that your mouthpiece has a tip opening too wide for you at the moment. Or perhaps you play too hard a reed. If both of these are satisfactory, daily practice for the next several years will bring about a big change in any case.
 

rotate

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Thanks all. Haven't noticed the lips feeling tired but that sounds like what it is so I'll try the advice.
 

Nick Wyver

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Soak the reed for 10 minutes before you play. See if it still happens. If it does then wot they ^ said.

If it doesn't, or you can't play to start with, then try a harder reed.
 

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