This video is a demonstration of how to put a reed on a saxophone mouthpiece. I recommend that for any beginners to place the mouthpiece on the neck of the saxophone before you put the reed on


Follow these simple steps;

  • Remove the reed from its protective packaging. Place the flat side of the reed against the flat side of the mouthpiece.
  • Apply minimal pressure to the tip of the reed. Line the tip of the reed to the tip of the mouthpiece I prefer to leave a small gap but this is purely preference seek advice from your saxophone tutor if you are in any doubt.
  • Place ligature over the top with the screws facing towards you and tighten evenly to secure the reed in the correct position.

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About the author

Jeremy has been a part of Normans since July 2012, after completing his study at the Newark School. During his study he set himself the task of building a saxophone from scratch, a feat that no one in the courses history had attempted. Before instrument repair Jeremy had a successful career in the music industry; performing at international conferences, parliamentary jazz summits and a variety of prestigious venues resulting in gaining a place at Leeds College of Music.