If you have to ask…
Yes I was gonna say— Dr. G mentioned using actual music (ballads etc) as if it were long tones a while back and it stuck with me. Not because I ever hated doing normal long tones, but the list of things I want to work on is a mile long and 30 minutes on long tones is time I might better use elsewhere. (I already warm up with work on overtones every day.) Hopefully just focusing on my tone while playing slower music with long phrases and trying to tone-match my favorite players while playing along to transcriptions is enough.Dr. G is correct. Greg Fishman, my phenomenal saxophone instructor who is an amazing player, works on ballads for his long tones so he kills two birds with one stone.
Soul Eyes is a go-to for me.using actual music (ballads etc) as if it were long tones
Anything can be played slooowly. Donna Lee etcSoul Eyes is a go-to for me.
I would like to know if renowned musicians such as James Carter, Joshua Redman, Euge Groove, and Kirk Whalum continue to practice techniques such as long tones to maintain the quality of their sound, or if they have reached a level of skill where their sound no longer requires such practices.
Kirk Whalum is another from your list of "renowned musicians" who has confirmed that he regularly practices long tones:Joshua Redman definitely continues to work on long tones (and other fundamentals). E.g., see the interview posted here:
How Joshua Redman practices - Bob ReynoldsCheck out what he says from 15:00-18:30. I posted this video before, but for different reasons. One of my students asked about what to do when his practicing felt unfocused. I explained the common phenomenon of the beginner’s curse: plenty of time to practice & not sure what to practice. Once...bobreynoldsmusic.com
Personally, I think asking "do pro saxophonists need to keep working on long tones" is sort of like asking "do pro athletes still need to work on conditioning"?
Of course they do, if they want to maintain a high level of performance.
YES ABSOLUTELYHi everyone I have a question about practicing long tones on saxophone. Some musicians say that after a certain point, it's not necessary to practice long tones anymore since they're only for beginners, while others believe the opposite. I really admire the great sound of musicians like Euge Groove, and I was wondering what your opinion is on this. Do you still practice long tones in your current practice routine, or do you feel like it's something you don't need anymore? I would really appreciate your input and any additional information you can provide on this matter.🙏
That's a really good idea!I'll also play whole note guide tones through a ballad as a way of working on long tones.
There's the Jackie McLean daily warm up book: https://www.amazon.com/Warm-Up-Exercises-Saxophone-Jackie-McLean/dp/0793563658Didn't Jackie Mclean say all he practiced were long tones?