Advise... Long tones
No Soprano ever sounded good to me until I picked up one with a curved neck. I expected the stock piece to be junk (it was) so I started on the Link 6*. My solution to the high note problem was going to an 8* ( suggested by Dave D), holding the horn up more horizontal not down like a clarinet, taking more mouthpiece, and practicing every day. Bingo!! I still have to concentrate. If I don't take enough mouthpiece I will miss a jump to high F.Aardvark said:Hi, I started playing sax (tenor) just over two years ago. I got on quite well but decided, about a year ago, that although I wanted to carry on and develop my tenor playing, I really loved the sound of the soprano, as played in laid-back style by players such as Jan Garbarek and John Surman.
I bought an Earlham soprano and upgraded the mouthpiece to an Otto Link 6* with a Rovner Dark ligature. Since then I've tried lots of different reeds but have never found either (a) a sound I really like, or (b) a reed which will let me play the lowest and highest notes. The mid-range notes are usually OK, whatever reed I use, but some reeds make the high notes impossible to play and others make the lower notes growl with varying degrees of hideousness!
I'm planning to try some different mouthpieces but I sometimes wonder if the instrument is ever going to sound 'right'. I never expected to sound like Garbarek overnight (or ever!), especially on a 'student' sax, but compared with my progress on tenor, my experience with the soprano is seriously disappointing....
Any advice please?!