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  1. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hello Sax On The Web I have come to the conclusion that I need more grip and finger strength in order to continue to improve my technique. What type of exercise and what type of device do you recommend ? There is much different grip/fingers strengtheners of different force. Also hard to find...
  2. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I know that you can do scoops and smears and the like, but I'm talking about starting on a fingered pitch and raising it up. An example would be to take low A :treble::space2: (fingered 1 and 2) and to play the A, but then raise it to a Bb only changing voicing and embouchure. An analogy would...
  3. 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...
  4. Tips and Techniques
    Hi everyone, I just wanted to share a new article, out today, that I wrote for the Best Sax Site Ever, this time continuing to discuss using Bach's melodic material as a technical and musical workout for the horn. I used the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for all of my source material here, I...
  5. Practicing
    I'm not sure if this is the proper place to post for technique advise, I apologize if it isn't. Lately I've been working on developing speed on my saxophone in the middle register, which has always tripped me up for some reason, and now I think it's due to my thumb. When I switch octave I...
  6. Bb Soprano
    Any advice for getting faster-engaging and shorter staccatos in the lower octave on my soprano? I need to play eight-note subdivisions at 120 bpm along with strings in an orchestral arrangement, and I can't get the notes to speak crisply. Mozart's Eine Kliene Nachtmusick is the neat piece. I...
  7. 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...
  8. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hello, I am a tenor saxophonist, and I know for a fact that I'm going to want to play saxophone for the rest of my life, and I know that I'm not gonna be rich, or be able to have a big family, etc. But what I want help with is improving my saxophone playing, and bring it to the next level. I...
  9. Tips and Techniques
    Hi, this is my first post on here so forgive me if it's in the wrong category. I began tenor sax 3 years ago with 5 years of clarinet experience before-hand. I'm now in my tenth year at school and am under the pressure to learn my scales and i know how important they are. When starting off on...
  10. 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...
  11. Tips and Techniques
    I have been trying to figure this out, but I have had no success. It sounds like an absolute train wreck and I love it. If anyone can figure out how to do this, please let me know. Thanks! It's at about 0:18 in the video. http://youtu.be/ia2lrqS42Oc
  12. Tips and Techniques
    Hey, I'm searching an app for my Ipad where i can save notes and song texts. It should be like a catalog or search engine where i can list everything and find a song easily because i cant put the song name on a search button. I hope that you all understand what i mean and search. :)...
  13. What to Buy & Why: Mouthpieces
    Hi everyone, This is my first post on the forum. As of yesterday I am the proud owner of a Series III Alto Buescher True Tone and have begun to try to play the saxophone. The Buescher did not come with a mouthpiece and I bought 2 heavily discounted Selmer Jazz metal mouthpieces from sax.co.uk...
  14. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hi to everyone! would you help me with this? I'd like to know the name of this beginner technique (or I believe so) of approaching a note from a lower pitch, as a kind of slide. You can hear it on the track I'm including here. I've been trying to achieve this sound by keeping pushed the lower...
  15. YouTube videos
    After watching this video i was speechless. What Dr. Calle does in the solo is crazy. This Quartet as a whole does some pretty awesome stuff and sound really good. Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruSlRySXvsI let me know what you guys think.
  16. Websites, Books, Magazines, Photos and other Lit.
    Hi, I am compiling a list of books on saxophone playing. Did I miss any works that should be included in your opinion? Thanks! A Complete Approach to Sound for the Modern Saxophonist - Ben Britton Art of Saxophone Playing - Larry Teal Developing a personal saxophone sound - David Liebman...
  17. Training Material
    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried the Bulletproof Saxophone Playing method and, if so, what they thought of it. I'm particularly interested in material to help me bridge the gap between beginning and intermediate sax playing and exercises to help me memorize chords, master jazz patterns...
  18. Practicing
    "Life is short. Time is our most valuable commodity. If you're going to practice, you might as well do it right." - Noa Kageyama, Juilliard-trained violinist Go read this article on practicing. Look, we all struggle with practicing. We all go through periods where it's fun and exciting, where...
  19. Jazz and Improvisation
    I know there are threads that already exist that discuss this, but I want to do it a bit differently. The classic discussion in music and in jazz about how some players have little technique and can emotionally move you, some players have dazzling technique but no story and some players are...
  20. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Hey Everyone, I've seen many trumpets do shakes and a friend recently told me he heard a saxophone player do one but didn't know how. I asked a trumpet player how he did his and figured out that the two don't relate. Anyone how to do a shake on sax? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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