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Can someone tell me the piece he’s playing at this timestamp and in the background?

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2024/06/20
16:14 UTC

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Any good beginner books for the sax?

Hey guys, I just picked up my alto sax again, and I was wondering if you guys know any good beginner books for the sax similar to "Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One" for piano (I played piano before but forgot how to)? I was taught by a teacher a couple of years ago but I forgot everything he taught me, so I'm trying to learn to play again, especially reading notes. Also any tips and suggestions for a beginner will also be great, thanks!!

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2024/06/20
13:47 UTC

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Death by Benny Golson

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2024/06/19
05:17 UTC

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Jean Paul AS-400: Parts Question

I got an AS-400 today. My first sax.

The included manual says there's a cleaning swab in the box. There isn't.

There's an unboxing video on YouTube, from Better Sax, and he shows the swab that's included in the box.

Curiously, Amazon's web page for the AS-400 does not list a swab as included.

The manufacturer's web page for this sax does not list a swab as included.

So my question is: should there be a cleaning swab? Everything else seems present, including the polishing cloth.

7 Comments
2024/06/18
18:27 UTC

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Getting a new sax, any tips on maintaining it?

I've recently purchased a brand new alto sax. Are there any good guides out there that you'd recommend on how to clean/maintain/store your saxophone? I want to avoid damages to the pads or keys, etc so that it maintains a good sound for as long as possible. Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/06/17
17:46 UTC

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Looking for Yamaha YAS-280

My dad has fallen in love with playing the saxophone and I would really like to get him an early birthday gift. He rarely asks for anything and for once asked if I can find him a YAS-280, but I can’t seem to find anything outside of the Yamaha brand store on Amazon to which I’ve seen negative reviews on the quality of it.

Does anyone have any recommendations on where I can find one?

2 Comments
2024/06/16
01:02 UTC

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Buying from sax.co.uk

I was thinking of either buying a Keilwerth Shadow Alto Saxophone or Yanigasawa AWO2 from sax.co.uk, but I was concerned about the quality of the instrument, since I won't be testing it out personally. I know Yanigasawa is much more consistent with their horns, and I'm unsure about Keilwerth's build quality. Is it worth buying the Keilwerth horn from their site. If it turns out the instrument is not great, is it possible to return it and get a new one, etc.

6 Comments
2024/06/15
14:25 UTC

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How's my playing?

As I posted before, I started learning (self-taught) back in December, I don't have access to a teacher where I live so, any feedback will be appreciated. Here's a link to a record that I just did along with my sister singing and a friend on piano. Thanks for taking the time to read and listen. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BK38Qkp5I39rpPmqgQFc3zaKXGONNIf-/view?usp=drivesdk

9 Comments
2024/06/15
13:59 UTC

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Tips for voicing?

I recently picked up my saxophone again after about 10 years. My high notes were always very flat and I just bit the reed to pitch them up instead of learning properly. I'm trying not to make the same mistake. I had overtones and mouth piece exercises recommended to me, but something's just not clicking. I feel like I'm moving my mouth, tongue and throat every which way I can and it's barely affecting the pitch. How did you guys work on your voicing?

25 Comments
2024/06/13
23:32 UTC

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Does anybody know the chords for African Skies by The Brecker Brothers?

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2024/06/13
22:49 UTC

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Guitarist of 16 years looking to learn Saxophone for the first time

Hi all - I am absolutely sorry if this has been asked time and time again, which I am sure it has.

I am a guitarist of about 16 years. I have a degree in Music Performance and also have a suitable knowledge of intermediate music theory.

If i hadn't had learned the guitar, saxophone would have been my next choice.

I just need some guidance on where to begin as it has been a passion of mine to eventually learn the saxophone. Being a student of music you would think I would know where to start but along the last 5-8 years I seemed to have lost my way with music.

From what I have gathered, I want to learn Tenor Saxophone? I am absolutely in love with that 80's saxophone sound. I love Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band and songs that sound similar to that sound.

Can anyone point me in the direction on where to start? I am 28 years of age.

Thank you!

10 Comments
2024/06/12
22:59 UTC

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ISO: Martin Typewriter Baritone Neck - Funny Story…

I am the current guardian of what I think is an unlabeled Martin Typewriter Low Bb Baritone. It’s definitely from that period and has round pearls for all keys.

So I take it for a test run, and this bad boy is playing an entire step low. A Bari in the key of Db… Upon further inspection, the neck appears to be for a modern low A horn. I’m playing a Frankenbari. That plus the modern Berg explain why it’s playing low, mystery 1 solved.

Mystery 2 is where to get a proper neck for it. It should be a shorty with an octave hole/mechanism. Options online seem split between a shorty with no octave hole/mechanism, and the same one I have which is too long. Any ideas?

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2024/06/11
17:50 UTC

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How to find right reed for mouthpiece?

I’m playing a Bari selmer Cstar mouthpiece, and I know there’s a thing where it should sound better with a certain reed but I’m not sure which reed would pair well with it, I’m currently using a 3.0 Rico royal reed. Is that okay or should I switch to something else?

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2024/06/11
17:17 UTC

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Looking to learn!

Hello everyone! I am looking to learn to play sax, I played clarinet when I was in elementary school and middle school but always wanted to play saxophone instead (parents couldn't afford a sax and I got a hand-me-down clarinet instead) I am looking for suggestions on a good sax for a beginner and what I should expect to spend total for all equipment, reeds, cleaning, etc. I am someone who is willing to pay more to do things right so I'd rather spend the extra if it means having a sax I can be happier, longer with but I also don't want to go overboard if I decide it's not for me. I have never shopped for an instrument at all before so I have no idea what to take into consideration or look for. I would prefer new but would considering looking for a used one. I also figure I will need to take in person lessons but are there also online resources I can also use to help learn? Any YouTube channels worth following for any reason? Any and all info is welcome!

7 Comments
2024/06/10
16:14 UTC

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Live Sax with pedal board - how to deal with feedback?

I’ve recently started playing all of my gigs with my clip-on sax mic (NUX-B6 to Shure A85F Line Matching Transformer) going thru my pedalboard, then out to a DI box. One of the bands i play with doesn’t perform with in-ears and I’m often getting feedback from the stage monitors, especially when using more distorted pedals. The other band I play with only uses in-ears and almost never stage monitors so it’s really not an issue, unless I’m next to a guitar player with a mic’d amp.

Given my setup, anyone have any ideas for how to mitigate feedback? I’m looking for pedal suggestions/pedal setting suggestions, mic suggestions, etc.. Thanks!

Setup: • Mic - NUX-B6 -> • Shure A85F Line Matching Transformer -> • Keeley BC-2 Limiting Amplifier -> • Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron nano -> • MXR Micro Chorus -> • Boss BF-3 Flanger -> • EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master -> • mono 1/4” line out

note: I wouldn’t suggest all of these pedals btw, but horn-fx.com is a beautiful resource

6 Comments
2024/06/10
03:44 UTC

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Looking for partition / arranger

My mom is going to be 70 this summer and asked me to play a song for her (Hello from Lionel Richie).

I thought it would be nice to play it with my 2 sons. Can you guys help me find or more likely could someone arrange for 2 tenors and one alto?

Nothing fancy nor too long. A minute or two of music would be more than enough.

One tenor should be lead, the other must be simple and the alto in between.

Thanks a lot!

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2024/06/10
01:33 UTC

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Kingston Tenor 1900-1910

I am looking for information on my Kingston Tenor. I did some deep diving previously and thought It dated pre-1910. I am not looking to sell it, but would like to know more about it. I bought it about 8 years ago for less than 200. It came in the original case. I took it to my favorite shop and they dropped a light into it. No obvious defect. Plays great, such A fat sound in the low end. What can I look for on it that would help me identify it more. The serial number is in the very low 20’s The B and Bb are on opposite sides of the bell.

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4 Comments
2024/06/09
21:44 UTC

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Tips for playing the lower part fast on Bari?

16 Comments
2024/06/09
18:04 UTC

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Improving Glissando technique on Saxophone

Hi all,

I'm a saxophonist specializing in Indian classical music on the saxophone. In this music, the main technique on saxophone necessary for achieving the characteristic sound is glissando, as the in-between notes or microtones allow for vocal like fluidity.

From what I understand performing glissando is about changing the oral cavity and tongue position to achieve the slide. I can do glissando's fairly well across both all the registers of the sax. One problem area for me is sliding across the break from C# to D. I can do it well on soprano but it's a bit tough on alto, and even more so on tenor.

I'm wondering if anyone has any suggesting on exercises to achieve greater control over executing glissandos. I'm also wondering about what kinds of mouthpiece and reed combinations would make it easier to facilitate ease of performing glissandos.

2 Comments
2024/06/08
18:40 UTC

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Free 1:1 Saxophone Lessons - Part 2

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2024/06/07
20:34 UTC

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What Sax should I get?

Hey guys. I am a new sax player.

I have two choices which are alto and tenor sax. However, I don’t know what to choose.

I personally want to play solo songs and the melody in a small band (about 10 people).

Would alto sax be better for this? I heard some people saying tenors better in some situations.

21 Comments
2024/06/06
19:23 UTC

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Etudes for Beginners

Has anybody found a pleasant and musical book of etudes for beginning students?

2 Comments
2024/06/05
20:48 UTC

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What is that "dirty" technique called?

In this video(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU5-Pr8xJ-o) it is between 1:24 and 1:29 where you can hear, the A sounds almost like a two note chord, but its gets less, when he plays higher notes. Sometimes it happens to me, but I can't intentionally recreate it, could be because I am playing bass clarinet, which is of course different, but it has some similarities.

4 Comments
2024/06/04
15:43 UTC

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Yearning to learn!!!

Guys I have been doing my best with my sound . Long tones , articulation and overtones but seems like it’s not working. What can I do do. It’s been almost 3 years now

8 Comments
2024/06/03
23:54 UTC

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Meyer NY 7 or Theo Wanne NYB 7

im upgrading from a Daddario select jazz 6m and i want to know if i should stay on 6 or go up to 7 and which of the mouthpieces i should pick

3 Comments
2024/06/03
20:34 UTC

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Looking for a tenor Yamaha 7C mpc, why are they so hard to come by?

Been struggling with my Vandoren TL3 and want to try something more opened (and not too expensive, hence the Yamaha).

I guess it's not being produced anymore...

Maybe you guys can suggest another affordable MPC?

I play in a concert band on a YTS-62.

Thanks!

11 Comments
2024/06/03
14:22 UTC

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Buying soprano sax

I’m looking to buy my son a soprano sax. Up to about £5k budget

I mean, I’ll take him to try them - I’m not doing this blind!!

So, I’ve been recommended Windblowers in Notts and Howarths in London. Any views on which is best? Or any other locations where he can try before buying?

Many thanks

28 Comments
2024/06/03
13:08 UTC

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