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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. New Product & Dealer Announcements
    Hello, everyone! I'm happy to introduce my saxophone technique book Quarter Tone Technique for Saxophone! This book delves into the quarter tone possibilities of the saxophone's quarter tone capabilities. It introduces each note with fingerings and exercises, provides scale studies, chord...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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)...
  14. 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...
  15. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hello reader, Lately, I've been realizing that my sound is a bit too bright for my liking. I currently play on a Jody Jazz HR 6M*, Vandoren Java Red 3's, Francois Louis Ultimate lig, and a YAS 62 horn. I'd like to aim for something a bit darker but still edgy enough to cut through a big band. I...
  16. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hello all, I am a 15 year old sax player looking corn some advice. I've been playing jazz for a little over a year, and I'm comfortable saying I've made a lot progress since then, ALMOST making my all state jazz band this year. I'm here to ask because I couldn't find any other answers on this...
  17. 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...
  18. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello. I am a 15 year old tenor sax player, been playing for about 4-5 years give or take, and I started on jazz last year and I've gotten pretty far. I play on a Yamaha 62 (YTS-62) professional model tenor, and play on a custom sax quest 7 mouthpiece. I won't go into too much detail, but lately...
  19. Tenor mpc
    Hello everyone, I'm a tenor sax player in High school (7 years), and I currently play on a Yamaha YTS-62 with a Cstar mouthpiece (3 reeds, might try a hard one soon). From what (little) I understand, the Cstar is great for concert playing, but now I'm starting to get into jazz playing (I'm the...
  20. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello! :) Now that marching season is officially over for me, concert season is just beginning. My school's band has a group where all the best players of each section play harder music in concert season. There are only two baris (me included of course) and I really wanna get in, since only...
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