Agent27 said:I've worked hard to keep my hands in a naturally curved, relaxed position. Just like when I type or play piano. The pinky naturally doesn't want to stick out so it doesn't. A common teaching method to prevent flying pinkys is to (while not using them) keep the right pinky on the Eb and the left pinky on the G#. Not pressing the keys down, but just resting them but making sure there is constant contact. It forces your pinkys not to fly off. Eventually, it becomes natural.
Cool! Thanks for these. :salute:kavala said:I agree with Agent27. That works eventually. It did for me.
Practise your scales slowly keeping all your fingers in contact with
the keys as much as possible.
But it doesn't look very nice.kavala said:I noticed recently on a Brecker video on Youtube that his pinky was
sticking way out. So in reality it probably does not matter a lot.
:shock: I certainly am not!!! And I believe the right word nowadays is "gay" (Not too long ago I used "sissy" referring to one of my daughter's (she's 17) friends and she didn't know what it meant)bandmommy said:You guys better not be inferring that saxmusiclover is a Sissy!
Thanks!bandmommy said:I try to keep my pinky just barely touching the G# key.
The thumb position seems fine. I just noticed that even when I type on the computer keyboard both pinkies tend to stick out. Now I really have to work on keeping them down.Saxland said:I used to have this problem when my hands were smaller. I learnt to keep it on the top of the Eb key on alto and it slowly moved as I grew to stay on the top roller on the C key. On tenor I keep it on the roller on the Eb key.
Is your thumb on your right hand in a comfortable position?
Take your sling up a tad - let it take more of the weight. There should be no real weight on the thumb, think of the thumb hook as just a convenient place to rest your thumb!trinitron said:While we're on the subject, I've been having issues with my right hand thumb. It's been hurting in the first joint after playing for several hours straight. Mainly, this happens when i'm sitting and playing, not really when i'm standing. I think it's the position I have to hold the horn (tenor) when sitting puts my thumb too low and under too much pressure. i'm not sure though. Any thoughts?
Very nice, Pete. How much? I've got a problem with a wandering index finger..Pete Thomas said:I used to glue my fingers to the saxophone while practising. This cured me of all extraneous finger sticking out. Don't use superglue.
Is that when you're using it for playing sax or for a different use...? :yikes!:RootyTootoot said:Very nice, Pete. How much? I've got a problem with a wandering index finger..
No. Don't work on it. Relax on it. Be aware of it.Saxmusiclover said:Now I really have to work on keeping them down.