I’ve just returned to sax playing after not playing for a couple of years and I’m finding getting my embouchure just right and comfortable the most frustrating thing at the moment. my long note practice is quite painful, but its only been a couple of weeks…. previously i played for years as am a classically trained flautist also. but i have set myself a goal to get back to my previous high standard within a few months… so thats a lot of practice!!
Any advice is always appreciated
Yep, that can be frustrating. Are you taking breaks while you play? Going constantly isn’t good for you. I kind of buzz my lips and massage them a little bit if they’re getting tired too. I took some classes with George Young and he emphasized taking breaks. He practices many hours every day, and he’s been doing it a long time.
Don’t overdo it, you don’t want to hurt yourself….
yep I’m taking breaks…. I play for about 20 minutes then break for 20 then play again for 20 etc… I’m trying to do 2/3 hrs a day broken up…. lips are getting less painful now and the sound is better.
I’m loving the info your sending me!!!! ……….