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Hi guys

I have a question. For the last two weeks I have started to really notice the different pitches in my notes. In the beginning you
kinda perceive a note as one note, but slowly on I'm beginning to be able to differentiate (in my mind) the sound into the different overtones that make up the sound of one note.

Now I'm noticing that a certain unsteady quality in my sound is due to the fact that some of my overtones are
kinda wavering / varying in pitch, etc which takes away at the quality of my overall sound.

Now I'm doing long notes, I'm practicing with just my mouthpiece a lot, playing at a very low volume and trying to keep things steady, Doing chromatic scales at a very slow tempo, etc.

Can you maybe give me some more good exercises for this? Also I'm wondering if this is something that I should expect to develop quite quickly or if this is just something everybody has to go through for a certain period until it kinda works itself out through enough practice in general?

Thanks a bunch!

Greats

JD
 

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Long tones! Focusing on strong support from the diaphragm and a steady embouchure.
 

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How long have you been playing so far? Long tones are definitely the answer. Even though they can be somewhat boring to play, there is no substitute. All registers...all dynamics...give yourself a good 30 minute workout everyday if you can. Something you might want to check out is "The Tuning CD" & play your long tones along with this so you can concentrate on maintaining pitch (play in unison & intervals with the pitch on the CD)

http://www.thetuningcd.com/
 

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How long have you been playing so far? Long tones are definitely the answer. Even though they can be somewhat boring to play, there is no substitute. All registers...all dynamics...give yourself a good 30 minute workout everyday if you can. Something you might want to check out is "The Tuning CD" & play your long tones along with this so you can concentrate on maintaining pitch (play in unison & intervals with the pitch on the CD)

http://www.thetuningcd.com/
Thats a good one. I have a cd like that (Just forgot I had it :)

Ill add that to my workout thanks :)

Anything else guys :D?

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JD
 

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It takes a long long time. The more you improve, the more critical you get and the more you hear things that you want to improve. But it sounds like you are on the right track.

I have devised a couple of exercises that help very much with this kind of thing, and help with being able to concentrate (which is the key to successful long note and tone study)

Let me know what you think of these:

http://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-visualising-sound.html

http://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-tone-control.html
 
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