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24hrs with my soprano

1933 Views 11 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Chico222
Man this thing is something else! As some of you already know from my other post, I put on order a sweet yas-82z in black laquer and rented a jupiter student soprano. I played it for a few hours and man is this thing hard. I thought I was bad ***** and tried to play it like I played my alto......but no way. I was squeaking, my fingers weren't used to the smaller instrument and my intonation is WAY OFF!! Everytime I hold a note it's almost as if my breath is shaking, the pitch goes up and down continously and I can't control it any.

Also, and not to say that I should sound anything like Kenny G, but the overall sound of the horn sounds extremely different from what Kenny G's and other sopranos I have heard. I know I know soprano saxophonists have their own sound, but when I play my soprano you couldn't even tell I was playng the same instrument as them. My sound is so "whiny", for lack of a better word.

I guess it's time to practice.

Any thoughts?
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Jupiter sop. should play fine with it's orig. mpc.
I have a 547 and a 847 and play the mouthpiece that came with the horn(s) and they play good. If I go to a Selmer S-80c they play better, and a Yamaha 6c better yet. Now, that is my opininion after putting quite a bit of time on playing soprano. The Jupiter 847 especially with the yamaha mpc. has a great sound.
Chico 222, I really think it is going to be a learning curve that you will just have to endure to get any sop. to sound the way you want to.
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