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Im just trying to learn baker street, i want to play like it is in the song, with all the same effects and stuff. any tips? ive been haveing trouble getting it to sound like the peice too, i think my sax needs to be taken to the shop too.
 

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I remember a thread about this not long ago. There was a suggestion that some of the sound is recording studio effects. Try search.
 

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I think the main effect is reverb/delay, but I haven't heard it in a long time - it's just the sound in my memory from the 80's (such as it is).
 

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baker street riff!

Hi john laughters site gives the tune! two of the most important aspects to look at are the gliss from middle D TO THE PALM KEY D and the use of the growl also.
practice on starting on middle d and gradually openin up the keys to top d!. practice slowly at first building up speed use the notes of d major through the gliss that will work well, ie d,e f#, g, a, b,c#to d, of course you can just play dto d as is written in the tune that john gave, but in the original the gliss is used its not really diffulcult.
The growl gives the riff that tonal expression, try humming a note while you are playing, thats a start, with your bit of reverb /delay you should soon be getting the sound,!!
cheers bryan
 

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Which sax was used on the orginal song. I think it was a sop? I havn't heard the song in a long time, I always thought it would be a great song for my band to play. The sax doesn't sound very "sop-ie", could it be an alto?
 

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Which sax was used on the orginal song. I think it was a sop? I havn't heard the song in a long time, I always thought it would be a great song for my band to play. The sax doesn't sound very "sop-ie", could it be an alto?
Alto. (God help us). :)
 

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1978-#2 BAKER STREET—GERRY RAFFERTY-RAPHAEL RAVENSCROFT-ALTO

RAPHAEL RAVENSCROFT

Raphael Ravenscroft has played for artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Pink Floyd. “Baker Street” is his most well known saxophone solo. In 1979, Ravenscroft recorded a solo album, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway. He has also performed with Chris Rea, Ian Gomm, Alvin Lee, Robert Plant, ABBA, Kim Carnes, Red Rider, Mike Oldfield, Roger Waters, Willie & The Poor Boys, and Phil Collins’ Brand X, in addition to two more LPs with Gerry Rafferty. In 1990, Ravenscroft also published a successful instruction book, The Complete Saxophone Player.

Legend tells us that the solo on Baker Street apparently happened by accident. The part was originally written for guitar and Raphael was booked to play just a short introduction on soprano saxophone. When the guitarist did not show, Raphael said he had an alto sax in the boot of his car and why not try it with him playing the solo. Ravenscroft played the part not really expecting it to become the standout track from the album which made him famous.
 
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