How to Clean an Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece With Dish Detergent

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Dish detergent is actually a great cleaning product to use on an alto saxophone mouthpiece. Clean an alto saxophone mouthpiece with dish detergent with help from a saxophonist in this free video clip.

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My name is Mike Eyia. I am a freelance saxophonist living in Los Angeles, California. I play around LA with a lot of different groups. I also do a lot of work in the studio and on the road. Today we're going to answer the question how to clean an alto sax mouthpiece with dish detergent. You're going to want three things. You're going to want hot water. You're going to want some dish detergent and you're going to want a mouthpiece swab or you can use a toothbrush. The best thing is to get a mouthpiece swab from a music store. You can tell your repairman what kind of mouthpiece you use. He'll get you a good swab that will fit your mouthpiece. Basically you want to draw the hot water, add some dish detergent to it and just put the mouthpiece in there, let it soak for maybe 20, 30 minutes. Hopefully some of that grime will already come off just from the hot water and the detergent. Then afterwards you want to take either your toothbrush or your swab, really just scrub the inside of the mouthpiece with it, try and get all the gunk out of there and hopefully by the time that you're done your saxophone mouthpiece will have a nice clear sound, you won't get any of that stuffiness and weird things in the sound that you can get just from the grime being built up inside of it. My name is Mike Eyia and that was how to clean an alto sax mouthpiece with dish detergent.


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