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Hi all,

I've only been playing 3 years. I've been working a lot on my embouchure of late as I think I was biting a little too much, so tended to have too much top-bottom pressure and not enough from the sides. Someone mentioned a drawstring bag lately, when referring to embouchure, and that has helped me improve.

Anyway, I've been practicing what is for me, difficult note/tone transitions. Slurring from A5 (normal range, octave key) down to D5 is the hardest. Often I'm still playing an A, though I've fingered a D. No doubt this is due to the 3:2 frequency ratio, etc., combined with my inexperience. (The slurring exercise A5-A4-A5 in The Art of Saxophone Playing is not posing the same sort of problem for me.) In practice, I find that I will automatically tongue the A5-D5 transition to avoid embarrassment, especially if playing in front of people.

Can anyone provide any tips? I understand it's difficult in a forum, and I plan to ask for help from my teacher, but i won't see him for another month, and it's very frustrating. I need answers! ;-)

Thanks,
Dave
 

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Thanks Pete, I think you hit the nail on the head with the "lazy-G". I tried closing G momentarily before the RH stack, practising to the point where the difference in closing time was not discernible in the sound, and the problem appears to have gone! Now with practice I hope to get the G and the RH closing at precisely the same time without thinking about it.

Thanks so much for answering my post! Gems like this from people like you are one of the reasons this forum can be so helpful.

Thanks!
Dave
 

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In hindsight, I'd noticed that when I really snapped the pearls closed, I tended to play the D cleanly. Somehow I guess that meant the timing of closing the L and RH was better. Now I think I understand what was happening. Thanks Pete!

At the risk of sounding a little lame, it's quite cool to have someone with your experience helping a noob like me :)
 

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It seems this a problem for me that'll require a little perseverance, as it crops up again occasionally. I think the root cause is that I tend to lift my third (G) finger too high from the pearl, while my RH fingers are resting on the pearls, so they tend to close a little faster at times. It seems to manifest itself more when the reed is an "edgier" one.

I'm planning to practice resting my LH fingers on the pearls. I started last night with a rubber band holding that finger to the pearl. It felt quite weird at first. I'll persevere, and report back if anyone is interested.
 
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