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  1. Tips and Techniques
    I've been working on Christian Lauba's Salsa etude, which asks for slap-tongued 16ths at quarter = 126 (it actually asks for 16th sextuplets at the tempo as well, but everyone I've listened to either slows down for that or just double tongues). I can't seem to get my slap tongue much faster than...
  2. Practicing
    Chad made this video showing his point of view on articulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6JRUyJS8g&t=464s But....about minute 5 he explains it like i never heard before. When ascending the scale you tongue on the downbeats and when descending you tongue the upbeats. I bet that 99% of...
  3. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello! I am playing on a Cannonball Big Bell Mad Meg and im using 2.5 v12 reeds with a selmer s90 190 mouthpiece. Throughout my years playing sax (a good 5) i have for some reason not been tonguing. I am ashamed to admit this and i have hit a ceiling with what is possible without tonguing and i...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Clarinet
    I'm an intermediate student clarinettist, I've been playing for 3 years and just recently it dawned on me that my articulation isn't great. When I tongue, my tongue touches the roof of my mouth (like when you say the letter T) and because of the way I tongue, you'll hear my tongue before the...
  7. Tips and Techniques
    Hi all!! Since our videos are russian speaking, we'd just add subtitles, you can find them already in our 3rd video about Saxophone Jazz Articulation, where I speak about the tongue function.
  8. Practicing
    Hi all!! Since our videos are russian speaking, we'd just add subtitles, you can find them already in our second video about Sahophone Jazz Articulation, where I speak about the tongue function in the start and the end of the sound. So, subtitles are in English and also in Spanish, you can...
  9. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello! For those who do not know what anchor tonguing is, it is when the tip of the tongue rests against the bottom teeth and the reed is tongued with the middle of the tongue. I've done it since I started (5 years ago), and it is incredibly hard to tongue the correct way for me. Tips on how to...
  10. Bb Tenor
    This is really strange so just hear me out. I've played sax for around 4 years and i guess I've been doing this for the whole time or its gotten worse maybe. Well basically i tongue with my lip. Its stretched out very far and i tap my bottom lip with the tongue and it allows me to articulate...
  11. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hi everyone, Since I can't see into people's mouths, maybe somebody can explain to me a tonguing problem I'm having. [Before we get into it, my first lesson is in 3 weeks. Until then, I'm trying on my own to get as much basic stuff as I can to at least a beginner level.] On my baritone sax...
  12. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hi, I am very new to the Sax, just a few days practice. I have a tutor book with CD to play along with and a Meister Alto sax (in great condition) with two mpcs, a Selmer S80 and a Britone 6* (seem to get on better with the Britone), and at present trying Vandoran 1 1/2 and 2 reeds. I can get...
  13. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I've recently come to discover that I've developed a habit, and I'm not sure if it needs fixing. When I play, I rest the tip of my tongue against my bottom lip (also touching my bottom teeth) and my tongue is on the floor of my mouth. To tongue, I just raise the front portion of my tongue (a...
  14. Practicing
    I've been playing the tenor for a couple of months and after agonizing over proper embouchure, diaphragm breathing, posture, a serious ordeal with my set up, I have made noticeable progress. I've gone from squeaking out weak sounds to filling my house with the robust tone of the "Killer Joe"...
  15. Practicing
    I know this is the time-tested way to learn a fast phrase and play it cleanly. Make sure you can play it at a slow tempo without any finger slips or any other imperfections then slowly up the tempo until you're at the desired one. Easier said than done? I always found that this technique...
  16. General Discussion
    Is it just me or is it harder to tongue quickly and accurately in the upper registers (especially octave key g and up)? Is there a way to specifically target this with tonguing technique besides plain repetition? Should it not be any more challenging than mid-register notes? Thanks, Dave
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