Sax on the Web Forum banner

A Myster-E

1602 Views 8 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  shmuelyosef
A strange thing .... my tenor (Yamaha YTS475) will play top E perfectly fine using the three palm keys, but will not play the alternate fingering which according to my book is the top F key plus left hand 2 and 3. It sounds F just fine using both fingerings (3 x palm keys or top F key and left hand #2). Now here’s the strange thing ... I can go down from F to E by closing LH3 and once I’ve sounded F, I can trill between the two. But just play E on it’s own? The horn says no. It just makes a muffled lower Eb sound. Is this usual?
1 - 1 of 9 Posts
I dont think its a Yamaha thing, both my EX alto, and my 875 tenor play the alternate's easily. However, alternates are just that....alternate fingerings to help facilitate easy movement between certain notes. Throat position I have found is sometimes key in maintaining a tone that is similar in quality to the main fingering. Working up the harmonic range of the horn can help in this, also, a good exercise that my teacher had me work on was to start on high forked F (alternate F) and bend the pitch a half step to E and make sure it was in tune, then you play the E with its alternate (or regular fingering) and you bend down another half step, and repeat. You do this slowly, with a tuner as you want the pitches to be in tune, as well as paying attention to throat and tongue position on the fingerings and the bent pitches. I used to have the same probelm you are having, but on a vintage horn, and this exercise coupled with working the harmonics helped a ton.
See less See more
1 - 1 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.