Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / Weird Question..

Earth69
User ID: 2713794
Nov 13th 7:05 PM
i think this sounds like a weird question but i have a tendency to rush any time im playing music and i tend to not make my notes even...and when i play, i cant hear the met very well and sometimes am confused at like when im supposed to be playing half tempo ill play like thats the eighth note or something..um anyways any suggestions on how to improve my timing problems and is there something that can be concluded from rushing instead of dragging that is good instead of bad?? or anything suggestions..or anything..i dunno its a weird question but i thought id ask it..
SteveC
User ID: 1105234
Nov 13th 8:31 PM
Earth69, I would love to offer some advice for yor questions, but first would you stop posting them all over the SOTW? Once in a topic area would get you quik answeres. Posting the same questins in several places often causes people to ignore you. And, it isn't polite "netequite".

For your time woes i recomend you use a metronome to practice with. I would even go to the extream if need be and use the ear phone jack and walk around town in tempo. Think subdivision. Time is a skill that some are born with while others must learn. sclaes with the metronome. Lunch with a metronome. Listen. Listen. listen.
Earth69
User ID: 2713794
Nov 13th 8:58 PM
Steve...reason why i was doing that was because i figured people dont look at every single one of em and so id get more responses from different people so..but yes i know thats not a very good thing to do..im very computer litterate and do some programming so..yeah im like not naturally born with a mechanicall sense of time in me i do it by like emotion and that kinda thing..one thing that really makes me mad is that in band class I just play other peoples music and dont get to try to make my own music...yes i may know my major scales and fuzzy on minor and blues(some) scales but if i was to join a jazz band or a blues band yes i have a natural hear by ear thing but it wouldnt be as good as if i had a 'make your own music' type background kinda i guess theory possibly but yeah..
Sherry Nov 14th 3:48 PM
Use a metronome.

Take exercises that are in sixteenth notes.

First, play them half time (counting as eighth notes) as slow as you have to go to execute them perfectly - I mean absolutely perfectly.

Then vary the time. First play through as a dotten eighth followed by a 16th, then do the reverse, sixteenth followed by dotted eighth. Then play them as sixteenth notes. When you can do this perfectly - I mean perfectly take the metronome up a notch. If you you start making mistakes go back to the eight notes. Do the whole routine over. Eventually you'll get the sixteenth notes even. Eventually you'll get a pretty good sense of time. It might take you six months or so of practicing like this for a half hour a day, but eventually you'll get an internal metronome going. When a part hangs you up, use this technique.

It works.
Randy M. Nov 14th 5:30 PM
Earth69, is your time better when you play with a group? Are you reading music when your time moves around.

You might try play-along CD's to make up your own music and work on your time too.
Ramon
User ID: 8450833
Nov 24th 2:02 AM
i think everyone should not only sight read,but instead close your eyes and play from the heart and everything will work out!!!
mike
User ID: 9829893
Nov 26th 6:03 PM
Earth69: I just saw your post. If you can't hear the metronome, get a louder metronome. Casio or Korg makes one with a resonating chamber than will rattle your eyeballs around in their sockets. Another option is to get one with a light, though I personally don't like these. Some of the newer ones also come with a jack for earphones, so you could try using those headsets that plug into your ears but allow you to hear most of what's going on around you.

If you can't play something evenly, you're trying to play it too fast. Keep backing off the tempo until you CAN play it evenly. Only then start working your way back up. There's nothing wrong with playing your scales at 60. And if you think slow is easy, two of the hardest big-band charts to play well are "Lil' Darling" and "That Warm Feeling," because there's so much space in which the swing can get lost...

Sonny Stitt, who was one fast-fingered cat, is alleged to have given this advice when asked about his technique, "To play fast, practice slow."

And if its rhythmic things that are causing problems, can you sing the rhythm along with the metronome without your time slipping?