Definitions There seems to be a lot of confusion about how we describe sound. It seems many people these days want what they call a dark sound, but when I delve deeper into what they mean, I realise it may
What is circular breathing? It means breathing in while still blowing a note or notes on the saxophone. It sounds much harder than it really is. When you use circular breathing, you are still breathing in and out of your
Bored practice is wasted practice There’s no doubt about it. Practising long notes can be boring. …so if you find that your mind is wandering then that is a good time to either take a break from practising or move
We show you how to play subtone on saxophone. get that beautiful soft breather and sensuous tone.
The altissimo range of the saxophone consists of many notes higher than the “standard” range that is taught in elementary and intermediate stages of learning (up to F or F# with instruments that have that key). The fingerings for these notes can be quite complex. They differ from instrument to instrument, the fingering chart here show fingerings which I have found to be most useful on many different saxophones, but you can experiment by adding or taking away fingers to suit yours.
Why is practising overtones so useful? In order to play the overtones you need to think about and possible develop a more flexible embouchure. Altering your tongue position and possibly the shape of your oral cavity can help with this.
Why combine tone & fingering exercises? I have found this to be very useful, but it may not work for everyone. So the best thing to do may be to try and and see if it does help you. Some
Which of these is more “in tune”? First of all please try this little experiment. The two audiofiles are two different versions of the first few notes of an alto saxophone solo. In each audio clip listen to the first
Improve your saxophone tone and expression with mouthpiece exercises You may well wonder what mouthpiece exercises are. There is one well established exercise which some people refer to it as The Mouthpiece Exercise, however it’s definitely not the only one as
The aim of this exercise is for you to be able to control the rate and depth of the vibrato. To achieve this control over the vibrato, it’s necessary to start with an extremely slow vibrato, in fact so slow it’s not really a vibrato, in the same way that a drummer learns to perfect a roll by starting very, very slowly and gradually building up speed. This takes a long time as it is very important to get the first stage as even as possible (it should be done over a period of weeks rather than days).