How to prevent the tube from slipping out of the mouth

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    I don’t like the hard and slippery mouthpiece that’s attached to the tube.
    First, I’ve tried to use mouthpiece patches for saxophones to get a better grip, but wasn’t happy with that.

    But now I’ve found something that feels very comfortable, no need to bite or to press with the lips: A baby dummy! (Also called: pacifier, soother, dodie, … depending on region). I use silicone dummies (Yamaha: size 2 or 3, Suzuki: size 3, usually the largest available size).

    If you want to try this yourself:

    Remove the dummy from the mouth shield and cut off the tip:

    prepare the dummy

    Put it on the (cleaned) mouthpiece:

    dummy on mouthpiece

    Then adjust position and length so that it feels comfortable for you and doesn’t block the airflow.

    For hygienic reasons, I recommend rinsing it with water after playing and drying it carefully.

    I think food grade silicon tubes might be an alternative, but I like the rounded shape of the dummy, it’s really comfortable.


    For some reason, the images are not displayed. Here’s another try:


    That looks much better than I was imagining. 🙂


    Yes, I was also positively surprised. I think it looks quite unspectacular, especially if one doesn’t know what it was originally.

    Alan Brinton

    Good, I like this. Let’s face it, the melodica is a source of oral satisfaction. Another alternative is using a short piece of rubber tubing of a diameter that fits snugly into the mouthpiece receptacle.

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