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  1. Practicing
    Just wanted to mention this series of videos by Randy Hunter that may be of interest to some here. Full disclosure: I am a Skype student of Randy's and my constant haranguing of Randy about this topic may have had some to do with its creation:) With that said, I have no interest of any sort in...
  2. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    Hello everyone, it's been awhile since I've been on this forum, as life tends to take us different directions and then back to a familiar place :-) I've decided to start a YouTube video channel sharing the knowledge I've gained over the last 30+ years of studying saxophone and 20+ years of...
  3. Practicing
    Chad made this video showing his point of view on articulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6JRUyJS8g&t=464s But....about minute 5 he explains it like i never heard before. When ascending the scale you tongue on the downbeats and when descending you tongue the upbeats. I bet that 99% of...
  4. Practicing
    Alto sax player here, I'm working on some songs right now that require short articulation at speeds that I can't quite cleanly get to. In a more general sense though, does anybody have tips/routines/exercises for practicing articulation? I mainly play jazz. jazz fusion and rock with a sprinkling...
  5. Practicing
    Hi all, I'm sure this topic has been covered already, but I haven't found a clear answer. I've been listening to players like Michael Brecker and Chris Potter, and I hear articulation everywhere, but when they play an extra fast line it almost sounds like it's not articulated. Are these...
  6. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I can tongue but what are the best methods to achieving rapid tonging such as 16th notes at 120-130? Sometimes my tongue would not move as fast as I want. Mainly on lower pitched saxes.
  7. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi all, After a few years of not playing the saxophone I decided to start playing again. I also decided to take lessons again, which is a very positive experience. One of the things my teacher tells me, is that I’m tonguing too much (articulating almost every note). Also, he finds that I’m...
  8. Clarinet
    I'm an intermediate student clarinettist, I've been playing for 3 years and just recently it dawned on me that my articulation isn't great. When I tongue, my tongue touches the roof of my mouth (like when you say the letter T) and because of the way I tongue, you'll hear my tongue before the...
  9. Jazz and Improvisation
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  10. Tips and Techniques
    I march bari at my high school. I have been told many times that I play too heavy and slow down. My instructors tell me to play lighter. Does anyone have any advice on how to do so? I march a ybs-62 if that helps
  11. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I've been taking lessons with a new teacher for the summer, and one thing he said he noticed was that I was stopping notes with my tongue on staccato notes. I thought this was correct, but the way he would like me to end my staccato notes without the tongue, which seems backwards from what I...
  12. Clarinet
    Hi everyone, I recently started doubling on clarinet, but there is an issue which really bothers me. I can play the clarinet quite well and have a great tone quality, but whenever I begin a note in the clarino register (middle B to high C) I always get the harmonic above for a fraction of a...
  13. Bb Tenor
    This is really strange so just hear me out. I've played sax for around 4 years and i guess I've been doing this for the whole time or its gotten worse maybe. Well basically i tongue with my lip. Its stretched out very far and i tap my bottom lip with the tongue and it allows me to articulate...
  14. Tips and Techniques
    Hello all, I have this terrible habit of overarticulating when I improvise, and I desperately need to break it. My playing sounds choppy and I am not at all happy with it. If anyone has any tips on how to break this habit, I'd love to read them! Thanks,
  15. Tips and Techniques
    I've been working on slap tonguing for a while now, and can get the slap sound, but I can't get it to project. I've been watching tutorials and reading around, and they all say to blow as soon as you slap the reed, but no one goes into detail about how to blow. When I try to just blow after the...
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