Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / Middle C

james
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Jan 30th 1:41 PM
Hi, Can anyone help me figure out when playing middle c, that it is quite loud and for lack of a berrer word brass when all my other notes are nice and smooth.

thanks
james
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Jan 31st 6:45 PM
it is middle C# that does it.
thanks
Peter Kossits
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Jan 31st 7:52 PM
It's normal. Once you change registers, you have to learn to control those notes (especially the C#) so it doesn't sound so different and blends in with the others.

james
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Feb 1st 8:40 AM
Thanks for the info peter.
gary
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Feb 1st 9:56 AM
As Peter said, it is something we all strive to perfect, i.e. same tone quality to the C and C# as to it's neighboring notes.

However, depending on the musical context, and whether or not the note (C or C#)is sustained, I add the first three fingers of my right hand to the fingering. It covers the tone a bit. Give it a try.
james
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Feb 1st 2:23 PM
gary, I've been playing for about four months, I played clarinet years ago in school, so right now i'm working on scales, and using essential elements book with CD, I also have the "art of playing saxophone" by Larry Teal, I have been doing the Klose (I think that's what it's called) exercise every day. I will try your suggestion to see if I can tame the C#, but it does grind on you when you hear it :-)

Thanks
Peter Kossits
User ID: 8952923
Feb 2nd 5:05 PM
I hate to say it...but the instrument also has a lot to do with it I think. I used to play on a cheap no-name student model and the register change was absolutely horrendous, but I just switched to a nicer pro horn and I almost can't even tell any more when I switch to an upper register. This is definitely one of the things you should listen for when shopping for a horn.
gary
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Feb 3rd 11:22 AM
James. If you've only been playing four months, you're sure thinking along the right lines, but don't worry yet. This problem takes time to resolve.

Long tones on these notes, trying to match the tone quality to the other notes on the horn, will help also.
james
User ID: 1418774
Feb 4th 2:11 PM
Peter, the alto I am using is A yamaha yas-21 I got it through ebay, got it checked out only had to get a few adjustments done. I enjoy practicing a lot, my wife even comments on the improvement of my tone, I played the Clarnet in high school so, playing is not really new to me, I was thinking about trying to find a newer yamaha student model as I progress. Gary I have been trying to match the tone quality to the other notes, I can see that it will take time, thanks again for the help.