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D2 issues

1513 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  mothsong

I'm new to this forum (and new to the saxophone actually). I started teaching myself Alto sax yesterday and I'm fine with the first octave, and all the other notes in the 2nd octave apart from D2!

When I finger D1 and then hold down the octave key it sounds an A2 rather than a D2. I don't get this problem with any other note other than D. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I'm definitely holding down the keys fully and have tried various adjustments to my embouchure.

If anyone has any ideas of what's going on I wold be very grateful.
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mothsong said:

Thank you for all your ideas. I found out what it was - as jbtsax suggested might be hapenning, the neck octave key was opening slightly. I reduced the pressure on the octave key and now I get D rather than the overtone. Is this something that can easily be fixed on the horn? I'm going to get a sax-playing friend to have a go to see if they notice any problems.
The octave mechanism may need some adjusting. It may be possible to bend the part of the crook (or neck) lever that meets the actuating lever on the body. What make of sax are you playing? I wouldn't be surprised if you said Yamaha, many of my students have had the same problem with Yams (though it can happen to all different makes).
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