Hi guys can anyone help as I am getting very frustrated,I can't play f#on the upper register on my Tenor or my Alto,I have changed reeds,embouchure,and mouthpieces but I squeak or my sound squeals???please Help
The big question is how long have you been playing? If you're a relative newbie, then it's nothing to be concerned with- your ability to produce the upper tones will likely improve with time and practice. Regardless, my suggestion for working on the high tones is that you play slowly up the chromatic scale from high C to the F# (or any other high tone that gives you difficulty). Once you can slur into the tone, stop the air and restart the tone with an articulation. If it fails, repeat the process. Over time you will learn to produce the tone on demand. Of course, good embouchure and breath support basics are necessary, along with adequate equipment (mouthpiece and reed). Overtone practice will also help.
Sounds like either an upper stack/palm key leak, or mismatched reed/mouthpiece/player combo. That or bad technique. It really isn't that hard to hit, but I have ran into people that just can't seem to "get it" for one reason or another, despite my angles on showing them, and describing it.
On some saxes it will come out very flat, which will require the venting of additional keys, as well as a different throat position to redirect the airstream, bringing the pitch up.
Try putting more of the mouthpiece in your mouth and slur your way up to the F#. Sometimes I blow just slow enough on the F# key and I hear it trying to come out, then I increase the air stream and hit it.
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