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When I played sax the first time around I was in a school band and we always played seated. I found that with the length of my tenor sax combined with my short height and the uniform long skirt there was no way to play seated other than to twist the mouthpiece a bit and play with it against the outside of my leg on the right hand side.

Now that I am coming back to sax and can play however I want (sitting or standing) I'm wondering about posture - what is good, what is bad. I still feel like playing with the sax to my side even when standing as when I put it in front of me and hold it out from my body even a small way, I seem to have to tilt my head back to get my mouth onto the mouthpiece. I have had trouble with my neck from office work (doing 12 hour days in front of the computer) and now my neck is very sensitive to posture and muscle tightness and I can get headaches that last for days if I get things wrong. So I want to try to get my posture right with my sax straight away.

Can anyone advise on this? I'm especially interested in hearing from other people with neck problems and how they cope/compensate.

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Hi Jumpin',

I have some lower back and neck issues and like you I came back to playing several months ago after many years of no regular practice.

You have received some good info so far. The Picture on "Jolle's" post above is a good example of blowing straight into the mouthpiece. My first six years of playing in school I played with the neck angled downward and was advised to correct that immediatly by my current teacher. It was a painful process and increased the pressure of the neckstrap on my neck as well as the right thumb, wrist and forearm. ha! I tried the harness, used a wrist brace, which helped the wrist but brought on the need for a thumb brace. ha! Again. I couldn't tell you when, two months or so later, I began forgetting to put the braces on (I stopped using the harness early on).

I have a weekly lesson and practice 2-3 Hrs. every day and no longer have any discomfort. Maybe a little bit of a tired neck if I don't take a break every 45-60 min. For me I apparently adapted. I play mostly sitting down and also play a Tenor.

Right now my neck is uncomfortable from looking at this screen too long!

Best of luck! Oh, is that a snake or a baby rattler you're a Jumpin? ;<)

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