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I seem to be struggling, as I change to the upper register I get a rather nasty screech just every now and again.I have been playing about 3 months any ideas?
 

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You're biting to get your high notes, just think about keeping hot air blowing through your horn EVEN as you go higher. Breathe from your diaphragm, use an ample amount of lip pressure, yet not too much, and you should be golden.


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blindside398 said:
You're biting to get your high notes, just think about keeping hot air blowing through your horn EVEN as you go higher. Breathe from your diaphragm, use an ample amount of lip pressure, yet not too much, and you should be golden.


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how do you know that
 

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patrickswayne said:
I seem to be struggling, as I change to the upper register I get a rather nasty screech just every now and again.I have been playing about 3 months any ideas?
what does your teacher say-- that is only way to know-- this forum can't hear and see you play:D :cool:
 

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Another thing to to be aware of is that you open and close all keys at exactly the same time. Especially the octave key. This is a major cause of squeeks. Your teacher can help by watching your hands as you play.
 

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blindside has a good point. How does he know that? that's what everybody does after three months of playing. We've all been there :D

Another thing that comes to mind is "fingering accuracy". I still struggle with it once in a while in fast passages (after 3+ years of playing). Pay attention that you finger the note evenly (push all fingers down together) right before you hit the octave key. It should go almost simultaniously (we're talking microseconds here), but if you open the octave key first, or if one of your fingers of your left hand comes just a split microsecond too late, you might have very funny screeches coming out of your sax.

Houston, I don't know since I didn't hear or see him play, indeed. Then again, pointing out two common beginner-mistakes didn't hurt anybody either ;)

edit : honker beat me by a second. :)
 
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