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I have been playing sax for five years now and I know I have some strengths and weaknesses. However, my professor, being as picky as he is, has pointed out to me so many little mistakes that happen when I play. I’m basically having to rework how I play. It’s very discouraging and very much embarrassing. Especially bc on my audition for the school, he praised me for my talent and said stuff like “working with you is going to be a pleasure”. Now I feel like Im not playing to his expectations.

I just wanted to get his out there bc I dont have people Id be willing to say this too.

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Hi everyone!

I started playing a few weeks ago, and I am always having issues going from the mid C or B notes to the mid D whenever it is continuous. If I "TA" the D, it's fine, and going from the C or B notes to a E is fine as well, just D. After a while, I end up getting it fine, but I never notice anything different that I've done so I have a hard time reproducing it again clearly, its always hit or miss. When I miss the D I mainly mean it just squeals. Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to?

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While practicing long tones the second octave of my alto is always too sharp and if I fix my embouchure to make it in tune it sounds bad. I also tried to pull out the mouthpiece a little without success.

Can you help me?

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Anarchy Camp by NOFX. Tell me if you need a link.

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I've been working on the Glazunov concerto for about a week now, and during the first movement, I've noticed that when I have to tongue fast, I also end up tounging harshly after a while. I try to consciously keep the articulation light and lifted, but during the more technically challenging sections, my brain tends to focus on getting notes in time instead of the 'whole package'. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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I'm new, I'd like to learn some beginner tunes (preferably lower notes) and practice to get better. But I can't find much online that's not sheet music.

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I'm actually not going to play my Saxophone for this but I will be playing my Akai Ewi 5000. I'm going to play Best Part and Get You by Daniel Caeser. This will he at my universities coffee shop for an open mic. It's very laid back and chill atmosphere. I'm thinking either a blue blazer like this or maybe some leather jacket and some Jeans? I'm not really sure what to wear. These are only ideas bit I think attire is important for a performance!

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I have a YouTube channel with over 120 pieces ranging from The Beatles to Smash Mouth and plan on making more. If any students are getting bored with playing just what they are assigned each week, or you want to pick up your Alto or Bari sax again, this channel will help you. My mission is to keep people playing, the world needs more saxophone players. Thank you for taking time out of your day and reading this, hope you check it out and enjoy.

Link to YouTube Channel

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I currently play on a V21 2.5 and can play most of the sax decently in tune until I get above the high G or so, at that point I start to get really flat if I don’t change my embouchure. I’ve tried adjusting the mpc and my tongue/throat positioning but those high notes come out a whole 100cents or more flat if I don’t bite down and I obviously shouldn’t be doing that.

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I'm currently a college sax major and getting ready for my recital in the spring, does anyone know of a good jazz combo arrangement with voice for fly me to the moon?

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Started learning saxophone around two months ago. Taking weekly private lesson from an instructor and making good progress. Saxophone is my first musical instrument and I have no prior knowledge of music or its theory.

My primary interest is Jazz. I love jazz and want to play it one day on saxophone. My instructor who is primarily a classical saxophonist mentioned I should first focus on classical music for sometime and then switch to Jazz as classical music will help me build the foundation.

Is this true? I don’t have much interest in classical music and don’t want to pursue it unless it’s important.

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I'm looking for an advanced sax duet for 2 high school seniors, any combination works. Thanks!!!

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Just curious about how long other people practice. I used to go 45 minutes but recently I’ve been committing more and going up to around 90. Some videos I saw had people saying to warm up for 45 minutes to an hour, and a professional once was at my school and apparently he practiced for hours on end. How about you guys?

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Hey everyone, I hope some of you can help me out.

I have been trying to learn the alto saxophone and am struggling with consistently hitting low notes, especially after playing at a higher octave. I assume I need more practice with proper airflow, but a part of me fears the instrument might need some sort of repair. Does anyone have advice for troubleshooting.

I also do not want to develop bad embouchure habits. I have tried to look online, but none of the advice satisfies me or feels specific enough. Could any of you point me in the right direction.

I don’t want to presume I’ll get advice and appreciate any I can get.

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Hello everyone,

I've been playing the alto saxophone for about 3 months and I need some guidance on playing in tune across different notes.

As I practice long tones starting from Bb to C3 (the highest I can play at the moment), I find that I need to change the pressure of my embrochure while playing to stay in tune. I'm finding that I can have a moderate amount of pressure while playing from Bb all the way up to C2 while making slight adjustments to my embrochure for each note. From D2 to F2, I need to have a really relaxed embrochure to stay in tune and then from G2 to C3 I really need to push my lower lip harder and harder on the reed to stay in tune as I go higher.

I'm curious if this is something normal for all saxophone players or is it just because I'm new and still developing my embrochure? Is there perhaps something wrong with my current saxophone? I'm playing a refurbished Jupiter 667 and with a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece.

I followed this video to inspect my saxophone after I got it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdvytvuiZyg&t=1106s) and other than a slight body bend my saxophone checks out according to the video.

Any guidance would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Hey, I’m a tenor sax player beggining my second year on the instrument and after lessons and endless long tones I’m still awful. Every day on the sax I warm up with 20 minutes of focused long tones in a chromatic scale, sometimes playing from loud to “soft” but I see no improvement. My biggest concern about this is the need for a strong embrochure to play pianissimo. Recently I’ve really noticed how my embrochure is constantly dragging me down. I’ve developed this mouth movement needed to play notes in certain areas and without it I find my tounge slowed (like my mouth is too tight for tongue movements without adjusting) and many squeaks/dull scratchy noises when slurring high octaves to low. I really try to think about my mouth and the more I do it the more it seems my mouth is still yet the notes don’t work. My saxophone isn’t terrible, a rental with a few years of age, but it should be able to play without drastic movements. I also can never play softly and I’ve learned the only way to do that is lessen my airstream and nothing else, yet that is hard to do because I’ve found certain notes are even harder to play softly without embrochure changes. To make matters worse I also tighten my lower lip when playing fast. Too many things to unlearn that can’t be corrected by blowing mindlessly into the horn. The internet always says practice, longtones, and scales. May be useful that the more I’m tonging the more I seem to move my mouth. It appears no tactic really works for me. Am I doomed?

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