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  1. Practicing
    Hey all, so after taking a year long hiatus, I'm back to the shed again. I've mostly kept my technique up by practicing EWI and my ears are still good (if not better) from taking up production and mix work. But to no surprise, my endurance is shot. So I'm back to basic breathing exercises and...
  2. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Good Morning All! I was wondering how I can make my sound and tone more appealing to a listener. I believe I have been going about it all wrong merely trying to get a faster air stream to get a brighter sound. Anyway, i figured out how to stop the accidental overtones, but for some reason I...
  3. Eb Baritone
    So I recently bought a Conn 12m (it’s from 65 and is Mexican, ik it’s not ideal but I needed to buy one before I go to college). I was wondering some of the notes are a little airy/not as much punch. Any tips for me to work on this? I tend to be very sharp on this bad boy as well any tips? Also...
  4. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Dear friends, I am sure that the question must have been asked in different ways, over the years, but at least I took the precaution of searching YouTube first, and then searching this corner of SOTW before starting this thread, as I still could not find an answer to my question. Even so...
  5. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    It seems there is a shift happening with my tonal perspective on my tenor saxophone. I feel my tone has lost some of its lushness. Could the sax body (pad issue, alignment issue, etc.) cause tone change? Or could it be my ears (early stage of Hyperacusis or Tinnitus)!? Although when my repairman...
  6. Alto mpc
    Can this alto mouthpiece be an Otto Link Tone Edge Early Babbitt? And if yes, what type is it and what is the value appr.? Thanks for helping! Yvonne
  7. Tips and Techniques
    Over the years, being one that approaches every guest artist for lessons, I've been able to take some lessons with some great players over the years. I created a pdf with three low note exercises that I compiled based on their effectiveness as developing evenness, creating warmth and teaching...
  8. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello, I hope I am posting to the correct Forum. I run into issues when playing my alto and my tenor. When I start playing or practicing, my reed seals tightly to the mouthpiece. Playing feels great, I am happy with the tone and projection. About 15-20 minutes in, the tone goes dull, and I...
  9. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I'm lead alto for my highschool big band, and one of our songs is an "ECM" type Pat Metheny ballad featuring myself (called True North). On some of the parts specifically the more powerful lyrical parts of the melody, getting a buzzy almost harsh sound on them would be nice. Sort of like the...
  10. Bb Soprano
    I have been looking for a certain sound from a reed but wanted advice first. I'm looking for a velvety kind of breathy warm sound. As I'm writing this I realize I should see what the best mouthpiece is for the job too. Right now I'm on a Yamaha 4c (what came with my Yamaha intermediate sop) and...
  11. Eb Baritone
    Bought the above a week or so ago and had it serviced by a respected technician. My instructor can play it but I have a terrible time getting notes above middle G-- i.e., when the sax 'pipe' is short, I get very poor results, sometimes just a weak tone, no tone, or a lot of squeaking. I can...
  12. 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...
  13. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hi there, just joined the forum looks like there's loads of useful information here! Asking about how to develop my tone as I have never paid much attention to it until now, after I recorded myself and was not really satisfied with my sound. I've been playing for about 7-8 years, started on...
  14. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    In a couple years, I will have to take a 50-60 day break from playing the saxophone or any other instrument (no exceptions, not even a mouthpiece). I'm worried about losing some of my chops during that time. Is there anything I can do to keep them strong, or will I just have to do a lot of...
  15. Practicing
    Hi all, I've played alto for about 10 years now, but until recently I was quite focused on grades which meant my practice routine was just playing the pieces I had to to pass exams. I have since passed grade eight and have kind of fallen back in love with the sax (playing in a few bands helped)...
  16. 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...
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