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I play alto and tenor sax, and my band director is having sax section of the jazz band learn clarinet for next year. I’m still definitely going to pursue saxophone professionally, but does anyone who has experience from switching have any advice from going to clarinet from sax?

Edit: I should add that I am also learning flute

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So I’m having the toughest time keeping my top teeth on the mouthpiece of my alto sax. It feels more comfortable for me, and produces, what I think is, a better, more consistent tone.

Is there any real problem with developing an embouchure like this?

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I hear this is a common problem, my only solution is to just lip it up which is not that hard. But the rest of the notes above that sound weak without the octave key. Also, how can I do a checkup on my sax to see if it's leaking or a key is broken?

Edit: one more thing, I always play about a half step flat on the first octave notes, is that normal?

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Hey guys, I've been trying to hit altissimo range for a few weeks now and I've been pretty unsuccessful. I understand that it takes time, but I'm also one to make excuses so I was wondering if the range is just more difficult to hit on student level instruments? I have a Yamaha YAS26 alto. If this is a dumbass question I'm sorry, just curious

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Hi everyone, I'm thinking about picking up the saxophone this summer and I found a couple of altos in my area and in my price range. I don't have any sax playing friends so I can't take someone knowledgeable along with me. I was hoping you guys could give me an idea of what to be aware of when buying used. Also, how much would an average tune up be for one of these?

I've also attached links to the instruments I'm interested in, so hopefully you can let me know if its a no go or not. Or maybe tell me if there are any other pictures I should ask to see. Thanks for all the help everyone!

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/d/saxophone-selmer-bundy-ll/6586635758.html

https://offerup.com/item/detail/465949406/

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What are your thoughts on Jupiter saxes? I know they don’t have the best rep in the sax world because of their alleged inconsistency in quality, but I’m considering buying a used tenor that won’t destroy my wallet (<$800). What are your experiences with these horns and are the quality issues true? I’ve played alto for five years and I’m thinking about picking up tenor.

Thanks for you help!

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I play tenor sax in my class band; I really love the instrument and I'd love to continue playing it and improve my technique after I graduate high school, but looking online it seems like you can't find a tenor sax that isn't at least $1,000. Why is that? Also, would I be able to find any tenor sax for at least $300? Or would that just be impossible? I love the tenor sax but being a beginner, spending thousands of dollars on one seems impractical.

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Let's take the first two bars of Donna Lee where you start out with a I chord and then the VI7 chord (Ab -> F7). Here is the accompanying head I will be talking about below: https://imgur.com/2hfC76A. Which one should my ear be hearing for the following notes of the head in the first measure and a bit of the second measure (G Ab G F E Eb Db C Bb A)?

  1. major 7th -> 1 -> major 7th -> major 6th -> minor 6th | major 5th -> major 4th -> major 3rd -> major 2nd -> minor 2nd
  2. major 7th -> 1 -> major 7th -> major 6th -> minor 6th | minor 7th -> minor 6th -> major 5th -> major 4th -> major 3rd

The reason I ask is because you can hear the beginning of Donna Lee as either a creative way of going down the dorian bebop scale (#1), or you can hear it as just a cute phrase that emphasizes the chord tones with chromatic descending approach notes during the VI7 chord (#2).

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I started learning how to play the alto saxophone about a year ago but recently I have encountered an annoying problem. Whenever I play a song that has a lot of notes in the higher octave (the second octave counting from bottom, not some super high altissimo sounds) and little space for breathing, halfway through the song I get a strong lip pain that messes up my embouchure by making my lips sore and slack. At that point I cannot really hold the mouthpiece with my lips. When I try to bite harder in order to maintain a proper embouchure, my lips just slide down the mouthpiece uncontrollably. Blowing into the horn with such embouchure creates rather unpleasant farting sound.

I do not have such problem when playing songs that have a lot of rests for breathing or songs that have relatively few notes in the higher register.

What do you think causes that? Is it just the fact that my muscles are not developed yet or rather I am doing something wrong?

In advance, thx for your replies

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After struggling for a while I finally hit the 4th overtone (fingering a low Bb, playing a high D).

I recently got back into playing after a very long hiatus and I've been trying to make overtones a big part of my practice. I was kind of stuck on the 3rd overtone and not really sure what to do in order to go higher, but something started to click today. It's a small victory, but it's a victory for me!

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I feel like I'm doing to much movement when playing those high notes. What's the correct way to play and hold the sax?

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So I am a tenor sax player, though I have played an alto before I dont have nearly as many hours on the alto as I have the tenor. So my question is when i find an alto to buy, what do I need to work on? Will my technical skills transfer well? If so do i really only need to work on tone and embouchure exercises (long tones, overtones, etc)? Thanks!

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I've got an unrelacquered Mark VI. I don't really play much anymore, but I have strong attachment to the horn itself. I want it to last as long as possible. Currently, it's getting increasingly corroded and I'm not sure what to do. Should it be relacquered? Would this ruin it? Or would this help it last? Would it hurt the value? How does one go about finding a reliable professional to do this sort of thing.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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