Top teeth should lightly touch the top of the mouthpiece about 1/2 inch
down, with top lip pushing down around mouthpiece. Bottom lip should roll
slightly over bottom teeth and give solid support (touching about 1/3 to
1/2 way down the reed). Teeth and lip should form a firm seal around complete
mouthpiece (like a draw string pouch)with equal pressure from sides. There
should be no puffing of cheeks or lips. The chin should look flat and pointed.
Air should be blown in a constantly supported, steady stream. Remember to
keep the corners of the mouth clenched but not smiling. This is similar
to the clarinet embouchure with the following exceptions. A little more
mouthpiece is inserted into the mouth. The direction of the air stream is
slightly different. The drawstring pouch effect will not be quite as firm
and the angle of the mouthpiece will be at a higher angle as if blowing
into the mouthpiece between the reed and the tip.
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