How to Keep Lips From Hurting While Playing the Saxophone

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If you play the sax too long your lips may start to hurt. Keep lips from hurting while playing the sax with help from a saxophonist in this free video clip.

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My name is Mike Eyia. I am a saxophonist in Los Angeles. I freelance around LA both in the studio and in live venues. Today we're going to discuss how to keep your lips from hurting while playing the sax. Your bottom lip is used as a cushion for the reed of your saxophone and the reed is actually a piece of wood or fiberglass that vibrates against your lip. So if you don't take proper precautions you can actually cut your lip or you can get a blister or you can get some kind of irritation from the reed. My best recommendation would be to play on a consistent basis. If you don't play the sax for three or four weeks and then suddenly you go and you play for five or six hours one day you're probably going to cut your lip and it can probably get pretty sore and then if you try and play again it's going to hurt. So the best thing you can do is to play regularly. You'll probably develop some kind of callus on your lip or even on the inside of your lip from the reed. Don't worry it's not going to look too ugly and that way you'll be able to play consistently and probably not experience too much pain. So my name is Mike Eyia and that is how to play the saxophone and keep your lip from hurting.

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