Gurgling Noises - Saxophone clogged with saliva
First off, an apology for a fairly unsavoury topic. But, it's one that I do need some help with as it's driving me nuts.
I have been playing Sax for 10 months and just passed a grade 2 exam with high marks. My tone is improving, and I use grade 2 (Vandoren Red, or ZZ) and 2M (Rico Jazz Select) reeds.
The main problem is that it only takes about 5 or 10 minutes of playing before my reed and the neck of the horn get clogged up with saliva, and I sound like I'm playing under water. This ruins the tone, and if I stop and clean the reed, it's back again with a few more minutes.
I'm not aware that I produce an excessive amount of saliva compared to others, but maybe I do.
Does anyone have any tips or hints to keep the build up of saliva down? Would using a harder reed work, for example, assuming I can blow it? Or are there ways to prepare the reed to make it less prone to collecting the saliva.
Thanks for any suggestions and, I hope I didn't ruin anyone's lunch. :)
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