I have been playing the alto sax for a few years now, and this problem has come up a lot recently.

Every time I play a long piece, spit starts foaming on the sides of my mouthpiece, right next to the reed. I have tried to adjust my mouth position, but no luck. Is there any way I can prevent this from happening?

If it helps, I use a vandoren size 3 reed.

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  • Does your spit foam appear sooner if you play louder? Just trying to help diagnose your problem. – Dekkadeci Feb 21 '18 at 1:01
  • You say that this problem is recent. Were you doing something different before you started experiencing this? What has changed? – ex nihilo Feb 21 '18 at 2:14
  • @Dekkadeci Yes. – Xcoder Feb 21 '18 at 2:22
  • @DavidBowling I don't really know. I mean, I switched to vandoren from rico royal a year back, but I don't think that makes a difference. – Xcoder Feb 21 '18 at 2:23

You need to have your teacher (you DO have one, right?) watch your playing. It's pretty much guaranteed that your embouchure is out of whack, allowing air to escape (and saliva with it).

I'll note in passing that reeds are notoriously inconsistent, so the brand is irrelevant here. The strength could be a problem: if you're using a stiffer reed than you can physically handle, your mouth/lip muscles will tire very quickly. But I repeat: have your playing observed by a trained teacher or professional player.

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