Hello, I’m a beginner in saxophone and have a very specific question about the involvement of front teeth while playing the saxophone.
After around a month of practicing I had an unfortunate accident and 2 of my front teeth (one central and one lateral incisor) are broken. I didn’t get implants but did root canal treatment, which means the nerves are taken already, but the vibration of the sax when I want to practice still makes them hurt.
There is no medical solution to this, and I’d like to ask a more functional question: Should I go ahead and try different embochures, or need to give up the sax? I noticed if I cover my front teeth with my upper lip for example, they don’t hurt much.
But since I’m a beginner I’m not sure if it’s alright to get experimental like this. Are there absolute no’s when it comes to embochure? Thank you very much in advance!
Some people do play without their top teeth touching the saxophone, it can be done. Might be what you want to do given your situation.
Not how I play, but it’s an option.
Sometimes it’s called a ‘double embouchure’ or ‘double lip embouchure’
Try looking it up to learn a little more, also just experiment with it to see what works for you.
One (older thread) I found was on http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?5504-double-lip-embouchure
If you use a double embouchure or know something about more about it, please leave a comment to help out Merve!