Cane Reeds Synthetic Reeds
The 5 Best Cane Reed Tips:
Don’t be afraid of using soft reeds: It is a myth that you need to play a hard reed to be a good player. While a hard reed can make it seem easier to play loud and high with a better tone, it is far more useful to develop your embouchure and breath ... Read more…
Cane Reeds Synthetic Reeds
Synthetic mouthpieces, so why not synthetic reeds?
Traditionally woodwind instruments such as the clarinet used mouthpieces made from wood in combination with cane reeds. A big problem was always that natural products such as wood and cane were not only inconsistent, but also unstable – prone to warping, cracking, and sooner or later just wearing out – sooner ... Read more…
When should you change a reed?
Cane Reeds are extremely annoying. They are sent here to try our patience in more ways than one:
You buy a box of reeds and it’s often the luck of the draw whether all, some, or even any of them will work well.
Once you get a good one, it doesn’t stay good. There is no immortal ... Read more…
The Best Way to Hold a Reed On
What does a ligature do?
A ligature clamps the reed to the mouthpiece. Think of this a bit like when you hold a ruler on the edge of a table and flick the bit sticking over so it goes “boing”. You need to hold the part of the ruler firmly, or the end sticking ... Read more…
Keep Your Saxophone Round Your Neck!
Disclaimer: all products on this page have been supplied to me as free review samples.
What makes a good saxophone strap/sling/holder?
Cebulla Jazzlab Saxholder Birdstrap BA Sling
The most important thing on any saxophone strap is the hook. On older slings these are just plain metal hooks, and there are two disadvantages. First the metal ... Read more…
Not just cheap, it sounds good!
Ingredients to make your own clipon microphone
Realistic 33-1063 Electret Tie Pin Microphone
(Radio Shack, Tandy)
Deluxe Clothes peg
Two small self tapping screws
Strip of metal, e.g. brass, approx 8″ x 1/4″
Self amalgamating tape (or improvise something else)
The actual microphone
First, let me point out about the quality involved. I was introduced to these inexpensive clipon microphones by a well ... Read more…
Keep Your Horn in One Piece!
Saxophone stands are more important than you might think. I learnt this as a guitarist, when my 3-year-old decide to walk into a cheap guitar stand. Problem was that the stand was holding an expensive guitar, but fortunately it was just a guitar not a saxophone. Still it made me think that 3-year olds are no more ... Read more…
We know that apart from the actual saxophone, mouthpieces and reeds can make a difference to your sound. Many people think that ligatures, thumbrests, straphooks and other accessories also make a difference. When I first heard about these I must admit I was rather sceptical, but as we saxophone players are always on the lookout for gizmos that will improve ... Read more…
This is an amazingly simple concept which I’m very pleased to see available from the well established and highly reputable company from Switzerland, Jazzlabs. The reason I’m happy to see it made by Jazzlabs is that their products are all extremely well designed and made, for example the Saxholder.
This is no exception. I have to be honest when I first ... Read more…
Over the last few years we have seen a multitude of so-called sound enhancing accessories, from the Swing Chip to the leFreque, the Klangbogen to the Heavy Mass Neck Screw. Do they work or is it all in the mind?
Placebo or a real acoustic breakthrough in saxophone tone production?
How the Sound Snake works
The first thing we need to do is ... Read more…