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Austin
User ID: 1857214
Dec 4th 11:08 AM
Any tips I could use to improve my performance?
E.M.
User ID: 9175333
Dec 4th 11:22 AM
Cut out chestnuts entirely.
Austin
User ID: 1857214
Dec 4th 11:23 AM
ok fine sheesh.
Rob
User ID: 0923684
Dec 4th 4:06 PM
Warm up with long tones, it relaxes you and centers your sound and follow that up with major scales over the full range of your horn fairly slowly so you can listen to you intonation and tone. The first thing anyone notices is your tone.
Then pick a piece of music that is difficult for you to play and work on it till you can play it fairly well. Pick a goal and shoot for it. Good way to improve your playing.
Austin
User ID: 1696934
Dec 4th 4:36 PM
Thanks
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 4th 4:38 PM
Austin, what kind of alto saxophone did you get?
Lost Lamb
User ID: 0331974
Dec 4th 10:24 PM
a big shiny one?
If I had any tips to improve performance, it would be to spend time practising instead of hacking and cracking musicians' bulletin boards.
Austin
User ID: 0784604
Dec 5th 3:47 PM
Well anyway, when I play a low note, I make a high pitched noise instead. Why is that? Is it because of the reed?
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 3:49 PM
It has to do with what kind of alto you have, Austin. What kind is it? And what's the serial number? That has a lot to do with it.
Austin
User ID: 0784604
Dec 5th 3:55 PM
I haven't checked yet. All I know is it looks brassy or gold.
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 3:57 PM
Check it out and let us know. Are you bitting the reed hard enough?
Austin
User ID: 0784604
Dec 5th 3:58 PM
Like I said I just got it, so I have no idea what to do.
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 3:58 PM
Are you teaching yourself how to play?
Austin
User ID: 0784604
Dec 5th 4:02 PM
I'm taking lessons once a week now.
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 4:08 PM
Cool. Your question should go to your instructor. He can see and hear what you're doing.

And in all seriousness, check out Paul Coat's articles on the main page. You'll be glad you did.

P.S. Don't "bite" the reed.
Austin
User ID: 0199184
Dec 5th 7:15 PM
Why would I want to bite it?
Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 7:20 PM
It's a sax joke, dude.

Dijaldi
User ID: 3320394
Dec 5th 7:24 PM
Type at you tomorrow. I'm going home to play my alto and scare all my neighbors. In the meantime, Austin, go look at your new baby, note the make and serial number and post it here.

And read Paul Coats' articles and write a report on what you learned.

Happy honkin'!
Gordon (NZ)
User ID: 9976863
Dec 6th 6:22 PM
Your shiny sax probably has 26 leaks.
Especially if you don't even know what make it is.
Gordon (NZ)
User ID: 9976863
Dec 6th 6:23 PM
A sax can't play low notes well if it has even one leak.
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