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Mouthpiece exercises for saxophone and clarinet are one of the best methods to

continually improve the sound. Furthermore, one can train the embouchure, the breathing
and the articulation optimally. Daily exercises -- 5 minutes are enough -- are the key to a
higher level of sound and intonation on the instrument. Through mouthpiece exercises
you train exactly those muscles that are crucial to the playing of a saxophone or a
clarinet: for the sound, for the intonation, for special effects as vibrato or bending, for
high tones (high notes, top tones, altissimo, flageolettes). For beginners and for advanced
players. For classic music, blues, soul, funk rock or folk.

How can we understand this? Sound production, sound, sonority, and above all personal
expressiveness, are controlled individually out of the throat and the oral cavity. Therefore
the lips, the tongue, the palatine, the larynx, the vocal cords and breathing play a vital
role (voicing). The interaction of all these aspects is complex and it is quite unexplainable
how you can produce certain tones and whole melodies like this. You do not deliberately
notice the processes but you can feel them. It is crucial, therefore, that you can hear the
results and remember the corresponding "settings"!

These findings prompted Joe Allard, the grand master of the woodwinds, to develop a
new method of training and suitable exercises, among which are the mouthpiece
exercises. With these exercises Joe Allard documented astonishing results while having
comparatively little expenditure of time. Among his students were saxophonists as David
Liebman, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Berg and Glenn Miller's whole sax section.

This is a trailer from JAZZLAB instructional video "SOUND TRAINING FOR


SAXOPHONE & CLARINET - Mouthpiece Exercises with the Silencer". The whole
educational video on English or German with many additional informations you will find
on www.jazzlab.com

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