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  1. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Can someone describe to me what you feel in your throat, face, tongue, or body to play these in the section where they need to be piano? Thanks!
  2. General Discussion
    I realize this is a well worn topic, but I'm a little baffled by my lack of progress. My alto (and I) can play low B flat, B, C perfectly about 50% of the time when starting with a breath attack. The other times it starts with an octave up overtone. I can try to maintain the overtone with some...
  3. General Discussion
    Hi, I'm an old clarinet player that played both clarinet and alto in a band way back some 40 years ago. Can't tell you if I as any good then, but I just picked p a Selmer Bundy Alto and have been practicing every day. I've found and corrected several leaks and my playing has improved but having...
  4. Tenor mpc
    Hi, I'm looking for some help. I switched from alto to tenor about three years ago. I have about six years playing experience in total. To my great shame, I am still not able to get decent low notes out on tenor (couldn't really on alto either). I've tried everything, been through teachers and...
  5. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    It improves air support, low note production, note visualization, fingering and many other aspects of playing.
  6. General Discussion
    Also, how do you play the low notes the instant you tounge it? when I get to the C#, C, B, Bb towards the start, end of the scale or getting back down, It is really hard to play and imperfects the scale. Mainly sliding from Bb to B or B to Bb destroys my chances for hope. It feels like some lag...
  7. General Discussion
    Hi. I'm going to a Band Camp very soon and it requires a chromatic scale of at least 2 octaves. I'm doing Bb to F (not f#) on Alto sax. Will I place higher if I tongue it in a medium-fast tempo (155-160bpm) or slur it but even faster (200bpm)? The audition said nothing about tongued or slurred.
  8. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I have a pretty good relationship with the lowest notes of my alto - I can easily get a Bb out straight off. However, my friend who also plays alto says that she's rubbish at low notes because she has rubbish air capacity in her lungs and therefore struggles to get the lowest notes out when...
  9. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi, I'm having a little problem with my embouchure. It's probably a beginners problem. When I play a low note (starting from E) there's a tendency for the note to alternate with a higher one (prob. octave higher) about twice every second. I've tried taking in more mouthpiece and losening the...
  10. Eb Baritone
    Hey im a high school bari player and i need some help. I play a 1949 buescher aristocrat big b model bari sax. I just got a new otto link hard rubber mouthpiece with a 6* facing. Approximately .105 tip opening. I really love the sound im getting especially on the higher notes! It really sings...
  11. Flute & Piccolo
    Hello folks, I have recently started playing flute, and by recently I mean I got my flute this Tuesday! I have never played flute before and I can already play from about :space2: up to just over an octave above that, so I have been very happy with my achievement in the past 3 days. I'm really...
  12. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    While practicing Alto today, I decided to take in a lot of mouthpiece, to see if it would make a difference. I took in enough mouthpiece to cover up a majority of the Bite Plate with my front teeth, without it being uncomfortable. I do have a (very) slight overbite, but my lower lip still...
  13. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    No matter the mouthpiece (or the model of tenor sax), I've found my low notes sound so much better than my high notes. I don't know if there's really a cut-off where it goes from good to bad (going up), it seems more gradual than that. They just seem so thin as I climb up the horn. Have...
  14. Bb Soprano
    I am currently playing a Venus Soprano saxophone (Yeah, the cheap kind), and I am having clear and bright sounding high and mid notes. But somehow, whenever I try to hit the lower notes...the notes tend to "break." Any tips... P.S.- I also play the alto saxophone (Yamaha YS-23) and have no...
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