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  1. Practicing
    Well, here is the video. I think I'm definitely going to hear some differing opinions on this one, but that's what I'm about - learning new things and continually trying to grow! Please watch before randomly commenting...or not...it's all good - just let me know what you think!
  2. Practicing
    I've been going back through some Ear Training Exercises and trying to get the intervals ingrained but I'm having some trouble. I've tried using songs and solfege, but I'm still not really hearing them. Then I thought I would play these intervals on my horn to see if I could get them more...
  3. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I had a great practice session yesterday. I spent an hour playing the minor second between low B-flat and low B like Steve Lacy advocated in the chapter Tight Corners of his book Findings. It was not boring at all. Loud/quiet, vibrato/no vibrato, tonguing/not tonging, etc.; it's all there in the...
  4. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hey everyone, I know that long tones are instrumental (pun fully intended) to getting a good sound. How should I practice them to get the biggest bang for my buck? With a tuner? A metronome? Varying dynamics? What should I be listening for, exactly? Thanks so much
  5. Practicing
    Do you know, how can I get my embochoure back as quick as possible after not blowing for two months? I won't be able to do play the horn for two months. Thank you!
  6. Practicing
    Hello all, I practice at least 1 hour a day, and always start off with long tones, with a tuner. I was just wondering what the actual purpose of long tones is (what should I be looking out for, etc.) Any help appreciated:)
  7. Tips and Techniques
    I'm really frustrated right now. I've been playing alto sax for eight years; and I've never had a teacher get really in-depth about things. I don't have a set warm-up routine. I know I have to do long tones, but I don't know exactly what exercises to do. I'm unbelievably busy and only have...
  8. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I think I might be a long tone evangelist. With no provocation, I'll stop people on the street, or corner someone on the bus, and tell them about the benefits of long tones. (Over the years, with the advent of pepper spray and Tasers, I've backed off a notch...) This is a slightly modified...
  9. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I've been playing alto for quite a while now, and I've recently picked up tenor. Im developing a decent tone with about 10-15 minutes of long tones per day on top of my other practicing, but whenever I play etudes on tenor my jaw tends to clamp down and restrict my airflow, making my sound all...
  10. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I know, this may sound crazy-just bear with me: A couple of months ago I added a quick long tone routine to my practice sessions, and my sound changed pretty quickly. Now, I actually, for the most part, have it where I want it. I still definitely need to work on a stronger embouchure, tone...
  11. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    hello, please help. the only wind instrument i play is soprano sax and i would like to know what's reasonable within the realm of possibility regarding overtones so i don't battle with windmills. i was wondering if overtones are easier or harder to play on soprano than on lower pitched saxes...
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