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when I play my palm keys I also hear fundamentals about a minor 7th below the note. Example, I play palm D very softly and I also hear the E below it. If I play Palm F I hear the G as well.
I find the harmonics structure of this whole area very interesting. We all know the harmonic series, well while playing my palm D I can get harmonics above of G (the fourth above), B (which makes it the commonest key for playing overtone B), and then very faintly and hard to get I hear the D above that and then the E.
To me this makes it obvious that the fundamental is G and that playing palm key D is actually giving the second harmonic of G fundamental.
Well if that is the case then why is the note heard below D when playing Palm D not G but rather E? I hope this makes sense.
I was looking to learn to play by ear as I cant find sheet music sometimes but how do i get started? I also got hearing problems idk if it will affect learning or not.
I’ve been told by friends that i’m blowing to much air but i’m playing a forte is their a way to fix this?
Quinlan and Fabish is my local instrument company. Do you think they would let me go in and try different sax mouthpieces?
Just how do you do it??
I've been teaching this 12 year old Alto sax and they are honestly doing great after 2 lessons and they are a joy to teach.
Today I wanted to teach the lower notes that use the left hand pinky but they really struggle with pressing the keys to get low C#, B and Bb.
It's like they find it very uncomfortable and the stretch in their left hand is too big.
I've never really encountered this before with a student who's 12, past students that age could reach those notes.
Does anyone have tips for this or encountered this before, do you think I should just wait till their hand eventually grow?
Thanks for reading!
I found these two used for about the same price and was wondering which one I should get. For high school marching band and concert band.
I've looked up tutorials, but I can't get a sound to come out when I tongue with the "ka" syllable.
Hi, can you give me your opinions on jazz sax tracks of, specifically, extreme technical difficulty and speed? Classic to modern. Like "Be-bop" by Dizzie Gilliespie, or recently Rudresh Mahanthappa - Killer (Samdhi album).
Real jaw droppers, can you please share?
Not the riff I found that but before the rifle starts there is this part we're the tenor is kind of copying the melody so I need help with that
Does anyone here have any experience playing this thing on tenor?
I have one on soprano and I love it, but tenor is naturally a very different beast! Classical tenor in general is pretty under-represented so I can't find any reviews online.
I'm interested in something a bit quiter and more controlled than the big tip jazz mouthpieces I usually use, but have found that the typical Yamah 4c or Selmer s80 C* just really aren't for me.
I'm just curious as I've had such good results from the Concept on soprano - but they're pretty expensive to buy on a whim with no reviews available!
Hello, I know there have been a few posts about this over the years but I decided I'd share my story to get some advice. I started playing alto sax at the age of 11 then switched over to tenor at 16 and decided to take it seriously as I fell in love with jazz. When I graduated high school in 2019 I started studying jazz in college and started practicing everyday. I even bought a P. Mauriat tenor which was really expensive. The pandemic happened and everything went online and other life stuff occurred and I unfortunately lost my passion for the instrument. I quit sax completely and sold my horn. I haven't touched a sax since late 2020. The past few months I have just been listening to Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Bird again like I used to and have just been feeling so inspired and have now decided I am going to start playing again. However, now I will go back to alto.
So I was wondering If anyone has had a similar experience and if so what did they work on and how long did it take to get their chops back to the way they were? Or what would you guys suggest I work on mainly? I'm assuming I am going to have to work on a lot of long tones and overtones for the most part to get my embouchure good again which I am prepared to do. When I sold the sax I kept the money in a savings account in case I ever wanted to fund an instrument again so on Monday I am going to my local music shop to try out saxes to get an idea of what to buy. I am not sure if it is even possible to make a career out of this (kind of doubt it at my age, 22) or if I will continue to stay dedicated but this is truly the most motivated I have been in a long time.
Is there an easier way or
i've been playing the alto sax for a few years now, but i feel like recently i've just stopped getting better and my skill has remained the same or maybe gotten worse. i think it's because i don't practice very much anymore, and when i do i don't practice effectively. what can i do to maximize my practice time and improve my overall ability?
So I’m kind of new but I’m pretty decent. Anyways a lot of my Low notes (especially low f) just play the octave higher version where it’s high pitched no matter what. I’m not pressing the thumb key or anything else down, I’ve tested that. I think my embouchure is fine but it might not be. Need help asap
Hello, I've got some sax troubles and I hope that Reddit can help.
I picked up my bari a half hour ago and noticed that it was very difficult to play low G, A, and especially B (which kept squeaking). Then it fixed itself, and then it happened again. I switched the reed (I'm on 3 1/2) and it seemingly solved the problem, but now every note requires much more air to get through, the lower notes are super choppy, and them and the middle notes automatically go up an octave (besides middle C). I'm a Junior who switched from Alto to Bari a few months ago, so I'm not an expert on the parts of it. Can anyone help?
People who are fluent with overtones, How did you learn to play overtones? I want to know i'm learning the correct way.
Seems like i had a cassette once but can't find it.
Hi, I'm a 15 year old studying saxophone, and I was thinking that maybe I don't practice enough, and it's driving me crazy, so I'm asking here:
How much srudy is enough?
I usually play from 05:00 P.M. to 05:40 P.M. (so it's 40 minutes everyday). Is this enough? Or do I need to practice more??
I’m auditioning for all-state concert and jazz band a week from today and I still can’t get the technical etude under my fingers! I’ve put in hours of practice on it, but I’ve made little progress. I’m starting to panic as there’s only a week left, and I won’t be able to practice much on Friday as I’ll be traveling to the city of the competition. If anyone has any tips or suggestions with this etude, I’d greatly appreciate it!
Here’s a link to a recording with sheet music: https://youtu.be/ZsiWITjWK9E?si=IcUfj-yD1-wkU4vN
I have played tenor for 3 years with a school owned instrument and I would love to own one of my own. Around my area someone on Facebook marketplace is selling a yts-21 for $900 and a Bundy for $700(both in great condition). I would love to spend as little as possible but I know yts-21 are amazing horns. Which tenor would be the best to buy?
I bought another sax today! I'm building a collection of woodwind instruments for some reason. I fantasize about fixing them to and selling them. I just got a YTS-23 for $300! It's missing the neck screw and the mechanism is a bit slow from sitting in a closet, but the pads are in great shape and sealing nicely. I'd take some pics, but it's nothing special to look at. And man, the sound is great right off the bat. This will help tide me over while I save the money to repair my alto (my preferred sax).
It's actually been twenty years or more since I played a tenor. Is it just me, or is it easier to play than alto?
For Christmas I'm planning on getting a tenor saxophone. It's going to be one of my first professional saxophones so I'm really excited!
Currently stuck between the Axos and the Series III. The Axos will be brand new but I'm worried I'll be missing out by not buying the Series III. My budget's $5500.
So I got a noise complaint from a neighbour and it had just about turned 7pm and i had finshed practising, now I usually prefer to play in the afternoons as I'm aware they have a baby and never after 8pm. I got off of college at 5 so it's not like I had any other time.