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  1. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Looking for a piece with a lot of difficult altissimo. I am planning for a college recital next year and am looking for something fun to work on. Preferably, I am looking for a piece with fast altissimo runs and or large leaps in the altissimo. I'd love to hear your suggestions! Thanks, Garrett
  2. Practicing
    Having a good control of the altissimo register is sought after by many sax players. However it is not easy at all. Have you ever experienced the frustration studying altissimo? You know the fingerings, but those nasty notes don't want to pop out? Why does it happen? I analized this issue in...
  3. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Does anyone have any tips on getting past F# an octave past high F on alto?! I can sometimes hit G but not consistently. There is a classical piece that I would like to play, it goes up to a Bb(7). My goal is to play to a C(7) or higher.
  4. Eb Alto
    Hi all, I'm wondering if any of you could tell me more about Jackie McLean's incredible "squeals", for instance here at 2:12 & 2:20 & 6:06 How does he achieve this sound? He seems to hit a concert Bb and F beyond the alto range. Is it to do with the embouchure? I don't play sax but I'd still...
  5. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hi, this is an exercise that I like to do to improve altissimo control and eveness of register from bottom to top. I did it on baritone, my trusty Conn12M, of course you can do this exercise with every horn. It could be good even for developing ear traning for specific intervals. I played the...
  6. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I'm a beginner. Many years ago I had a Jupiter alto but only took to it for a little while before moving on to a wind synth. Then, not quite two months ago, during this (four month isolated) pandemic I bought a TON of cheap saxes on Amazon. Two altos, two sopranos, and a tenor. They are all...
  7. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hi, I want to share with you the altissimo fingerings that I use on tenor sax. Range : from altissimo G up to F For me these fingerings work great, good tuning and simple positions. Let me know what do you think. Do you use different positions?
  8. Saxophone Solo and Ensembles
    So I'm just about to enter my second year at university as a saxophonist, and during my second year my university will be holding soloists auditions for musicians to perform a concerto the following year. I aim to audition so I'll be playing the concerto in my third year, but upon researching...
  9. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    I'm getting into these advanced techniques and, while of course all the fingerings can be found on the web, it would be convenient to have a single master reference work that gives all the most useful fingerings for altissimo, microtones, and multiphonics. Does anyone know of such a book?
  10. Eb Alto
    I recently bought Sinta's book on Voicings, as recommended by my teacher. However, I'm having trouble with the high-F bending exercise (where you glissando down in semitones while fingering front F). I'm having a hard time often times getting below even Eb without the pitch dropping out. Several...
  11. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hey everyone! Here is a sneak peak of Adam Larson's new etude book "Leaps and Sounds vol. 2." This is based on the change to "My Shining Hour" in concert D and is an absolute blast to play. You can preorder hard copies right now, and PDFs will be available January 16th. It's a GREAT workout and...
  12. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hi all, So I have been starting to practice my altissimo in the last couple of months and things are starting to come out, but whenever I do, I find myself using my teeth Waaay too much to get the sound. I know this is bad technique but for some stupid reason I stuck with it. After practicing...
  13. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hi, I recently(about a month) started looking into altissimo because I have a piece in my school band which has a improve solo in the key of Gmin and I'd like to be able to hit that top G in it. I am having some problems, however. I can hit the G maybe 50% of the time when im using my rico...
  14. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hey guys! I am looking for some help getting my overtones under control. Basically I can consistently hit high F# but whatever fingering I try for high G or above comes out as a squeal. I don't exactly know what I'm doing wrong and it's very frustrating. I've hit G once but it was very...
  15. Sax Lifestyle & Sax Related Health Problems
    Hello Fellow Sax Players, I have obstructive sleep apnea. I went to my ENT doc this morning after suffering years with the condition. This was a new doctor for me and he said because of the extra soft tissue and enlarged tonsils that my condition would be greatly improved if not cured by the...
  16. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    In spite of doing long tones with overtones, I am not making progress on getting overtones. A teacher I'm taking from who teaches multiple woodwinds but who started out on sax suggested that the heavy metal of these older saxes makes it hard to get altissimo register. He's addressing other...
  17. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    The saxophone is pretty much now a 3 octave instrument. Altissimo itself is not difficult to achieve but I am having trouble getting those high notes to blend (in a classical sense) and sound like lower notes below the palm keys. The Ibert has some crazy altissimo in it and none of it is...
  18. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hey guys... Hoping one of you could help. I have a seller series iii alto sax and I'm struggling with my altissimo g#. Seems like it's too sharp meaning when I go up from a G, seems like it's a whole done rather than a semitone. I can drop my jaw for the one note, but it sounds less stable...
  19. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hello everyone, I am currently working on Ibert's Concertino Da Camera, specifically all of the second movement including the Animato Molto section and i am having trouble with the the high altissimo F. I can get every other altissimo note to come out perfectly but I haven't been able to get...
  20. Tenor mpc
    Hello everyone, I'm a tenor sax player in High school (7 years), and I currently play on a Yamaha YTS-62 with a Cstar mouthpiece (3 reeds, might try a hard one soon). From what (little) I understand, the Cstar is great for concert playing, but now I'm starting to get into jazz playing (I'm the...
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