can you play saxophone without front teeth?

by kirsty
(UK)

My fiancee wants to learn sax but has no front teeth. Will he still manage? Second thing, which is best to start on? I'm thinking tenor, but am I right?

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Nov 29, 2008
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saxophone with no teeth
by: Anonymous

Yeah you can i switched from bassoon to saxophone and on bassoon you dont use teeth so i did the same thing and it still worked.

Dec 26, 2008
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For God's Sake!
by: Toothless Jim

Buy the lad some dentures, or at least a partial plate. I started playing sax with full dentures (got them when I was 19) at age 28 in 1960 the year after I was married and have been playing ever since in concert bands, marching bands and now a 40s style Big Band, the most fun of all. When he gets started don't complain about the sound and give him a lot of encouragement as you would a child. You wont regret it.

Jan 07, 2009
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Which type to get
by: Anonymous

Most people get the alto saxaphone as a biginner, im not sure if you can play the sax with no front teeth, i think so though...

Mar 11, 2009
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I Play Two Saxes
by: Current Sax Player

I as a current player of the instrument family believe that you should start on the alto like I did and then you could move to another in the sax family when you feel comfortable with playing. I started on the alto but now I play the bari sax. It is easy to switch between them.

Mar 21, 2009
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It's ok.
by: Anonymous

I started out on tenor and it's the only one I've "truly" played (meaning I played it for more than a year).

You can essentially start out on any one of them, but it's usually better to start out with the Alto or Tenor.

Oct 06, 2010
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No Teeth (Playing the Saxophone)
by: GSProctor

In my opinion,it all depends on how well your dentures fit,I played the sax(tenor alto and soprano)for over 20 years,then I got dentures and that was the end of my sax playing,but I had much bone loss,they never fit right,and I cant even eat with my dentures,but I do believe if someone has no bone loss and has tight fitting dentures ,and some adhesive,I feel one could still adapt ,and play the sax !I can play the sax without teeth,barely,its just too hard to get a proper tone(embrouchure)

Feb 08, 2011
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Nope
by: Anonymous

No, it won't be possible. You need the pressure of your teeth on the top of the mouthpiece to get a sound. Dentures would work, however. Also, if he does get dentures, make sure he starts on the alto saxophone. It's the easiest to play.

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I am a saxophone player and have played since 6th grade.

Dec 29, 2011
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alto
by: Anonymous

Start on alto its the easiest

Jul 26, 2014
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trumpet switcher to best option
by: willy in Md.

played trumpet 4th thru high school. broke teeth
diving into Y pool yrs ago. tpt now no go. looking for best sax option.or trombone maybe.
any ideas out there. willy w.

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