One of a family of single-reed woodwind instruments with a brass body

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Where can I get started with my improvisation?

I have been playing the alto saxophone for a while now. I have also improvised from time to time and have some theoretical and practical background on the instrument, harmony, scales, etc. I have ...
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Learning flute as a saxophone player

I've played sax for around 20 years. I recently picked up a cheap student flute from a pawn shop. Can anyone provide tips on proper embouchure? Any other tips on getting a decent sound would be ...
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What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?

I play Alto Saxophone, and I've been wondering this for quite a while now. I've not played one single overtone yet, so what are your suggestions?
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Single reed mouthpieces: How do Facing Lengths, Tip Openings, and Chamber Sizes affect playing?

When buying a new mouthpiece for a clarinet/saxophone - you're faced with a whole table of information on facing lengths, tip openings and chamber sizes. How do all these specifications relate to how ...
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Warnings/Comments/Suggestions for low brass player learning tenor sax?

Let me start by saying that trombone is my main instrument next to piano and I've been playing it for several years. I had a fleeting thought about attempting to learn tenor sax. I'm already ...
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Music sheet notation explanation (Alto sax)

I just got some new sheet-music for alto sax and wonder how to play this notation: For example in these contexts: Thanks for every helpful answer!
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I want to learn the sax. Where should I start?

I do not have any prior musical training. I do not know how to read music. The only instrument I have played are a keyboard and a harmonica. I think I can learn the saxophone if I remain as ...
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Adjusting clarinet or saxophone reeds

How do various techniques and equipments for adjusting reeds compare? e.g. (blade perpendicular strokes) (Tom Ridenour's Tools + ...
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Tips on playing quietly/gently?

I am amateur self taught musician and I am new to reed instruments. I decided to try out saxophone, but the problem is, it is way too loud. Each time I try to practice I need to blow very hard to ...
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Saxophone sometimes out of tune by nearly a fourth

Our band's saxophonist has a bizzare intermittent fault with his soprano sax (so normally uses his tenor or alto sax). Sometimes it's fine and sings beautifully, but other times it'll be out of tune ...
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Alto Saxophone: tremolo using alternate fingerings

On Alto Saxophone, which notes can easily produce a "tremolo" effect, using alternate fingerings? It's a kind of "warble" effect I'm looking for, but without changing pitch (or without changing pitch ...
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How to get a darker sound on Tenor Saxophone

I currently play on a Cannonball Sceptyr Tenor sax, an Otto Link STM 7 and Vardoren Java Green box reeds. The sound is not what I am looking for as it is too bright and not that classy, warm, jazzy ...
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Playing Sax and Clarinet

I currently play tenor sax but would like to pick up clarinet in the near future. How difficult would learning to play Clarinet be, given my experience as a tenor and long time piano player? How much ...
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What is the best position for a Sax reed?

What is the best position for a Sax reed? Is it to be level with the front edge of the mouthpiece or slightly ahead or behind the front edge? By how much. Is this the same for Clarinet too? I have ...
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On a saxophone, what is the difference between an overtone and an altissimo ?

I know about true or false harmonics tones on various instruments but I do not understand what an altissimo is. Just very high notes? Can you produce them on every kind of saxophone? Can you play a ...
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Alternatives to Marching with Bassoon

Situation: I am currently a bassoon player, and I am in marching band. I have marched only once with the bassoon before, and I know that the bassoon is both unsafe and impractical for marching. After ...
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Getting back into music after a long hiatus

A little background: In high school, I was first chair tenor saxophone all four years in the school's top wind symphony section, and even played in the honors district band. I did jazz band both in ...
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Vintage vs Modern Saxophone Mouthpieces

Believe it or not, there aren't too many resources stressing the differences between vintage and modern saxophone mouthpieces. What makes an old Otto Link from the 1950s justify a $500-1000 price tag? ...
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Karaoke Software for practicing sax

In my sax classes, my teacher accompanies me with his piano. He corrects my timing mistakes. Also, it sounds better than playing alone. I just came up with a software which can help me to do it at ...
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Saxophone vs Trumpet: range, overtone series and intonation

Overtones I'm learning the trumpet, and I chose it over the saxophone because it has fewer keys to press. I also liked how the trumpet relies on the harmonic series to play all the notes since it can ...
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What are some ways to improve my embouchure stamina besides regular practice?

I'm a saxophone player who recently signed up for a community concert band at a local college, but it's been about 7-8 months since I played with any regularity, and that wasn't much more than once a ...
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The 25 Daily Exercises versus learning songs for beginner saxophone

3 months ago I started learning saxophone. I began with the normal tutorials. I've learned to play the scales and read the notes. I've also learned how to play basic songs on the saxophone. Now I ...
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How did the saxophone come to be considered romantic?

The saxophone is often used in music and cinema to suggest romance or heart break, e.g. the saxophone solo at the end of Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne". Where and when did that association come ...
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How can I improve my fingering on the saxophone in the high notes and overtones?

I have a couple of months working on my improvisation and I'm having some issues with fast passages on the saxophone's higher notes and overtones (starting from D with the left hand palm). I'm ...
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Starting Jazz Improvisation on Saxophone

I've always wanted to be able to do jazz improvisations and I think I am almost at a point where I should start, though I know little about improvisation. I would like some pointers on technique and ...
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Exercises For Conditioning a Broken Hand

Last August I suffered an accident where I shattered my 4th and 5th metacarpal into my wrist, severing my ACU tendon attaching to my pinky. I've been slowly relearning my right hand to play saxophone. ...
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Information about Mercury hammer blow tenor sax

I bought a very nice playing upper level saxophone. It's says Mercury Design in USA. The seller told me the parts came from Korea and it was assembled in usa. Seller said: Double arms on all claps ...
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Clarinet and sax: what are the different qualities of open and closed mouthpieces?

With regard to the clarinet and saxophone, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a more open mouthpiece? I seem to get a very good sound playing with a fairly closed mouthpiece, and the volume ...
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Comparing trumpet and saxophone

I'll try to make my story short as possible, sorry. I have ear training, not perfect, but good. I've never been able to attend music school as child, so no academic music education. After trying with ...
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C Melody Saxophone

The C melody was part of the series of saxophones pitched in C and F intended by the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax, for orchestral use. Since 1930, only saxophones in the key of B♭ and E♭ ...
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Tenor sax octave pads: both open or both closed

I play Tenor sax (Kessler Custom), and something has been bugging me: are both of the octave pads supposed to be open or closed at the same time? If you play C# (no keys pressed), both keys are ...
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Do you need long fingers to play alto saxophone?

Do you need to have long fingers for playing alto saxophone? I have small hands and can just reach an octave on the piano.
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Fuzzy top A on saxophone

Some time ago, I picked up tenor saxophone and I'm learning to play in my (very scarce) free time. Recently, I've noticed that the top A sounds fuzzy compared to other notes. It's quite pronounced. G# ...
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What did Chopin think of the saxophone? [migrated]

Adolphe Sax arrived in Paris in 1842, when Chopin had been living in Paris for some years. Both Chopin and Sax lived in Paris until 1849, when Chopin died. It seems highly likely that Chopin heard ...
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How to make Electric guitar sound like a saxophone

I'm not talking about midi or synthesizers. I have a Digitech Rp 500 processor. I want to know what settings I must do to make my guitar sound (atleast in a rough way) like a sax.
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Why saxophone is so common in Jazz Music?

Since the invertor of the saxophone was from Belgium, how did the saxophone become so popular in jazz music? I mean, it was created by a European in the 1840's, it wasn't created by Americans at the ...
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Should I tune to one octave or the average of two?

I recently ran into a little conundrum while playing in the pit orchestra for my high school's musical - if I got my soprano saxophone in tune on the written middle C, the upper-register C would be ...
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Improv on F blues

I'm trying out for a high school jazz band, and on the audition paper it says I need to improvise on an F blues. Can someone explain to me what exactly that is? I know how to improvise on a blues ...
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USB microphones for multi-instrument recording

I have an awesome Korg MKii 1600 recording device with a fairly cheap (I must admit) microphone. I was recently thinking about getting a USB mic because it seems so easy to record "whenever". It can ...
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How to achieve this sax tone?

I was listening to Balek by Marc Moulin, and really liked the bright tone of the soprano (or maybe alto?) sax that was soloing: 20 second solo excerpt Would any StackExchangians know a good ...
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doubling trumpet and sax - fingering confusion

I am an intermediate player of both trumpet and sax - something like 5th grade in the ABRSM system. I played trumpet first (20 years off and on) and sax later (10 years off an on). I have tended to ...
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Easy fingering for C6-D6-E6 on tenor saxophone

I am looking for an easy fingering for C6-D6-E6 on the tenor saxophone. I know there are different fingerings for each not possible on the sax and I did study the ultimate fingering chart, which is ...
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Changing the key signature of a song for practicing new key

I play the saxophone (E flat instrument) and we got sheet music to play in the key of B natural minor or concert D natural minor. I want to practice that key signature so I want to change another song ...
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Switch to Clarinet or Saxophone, which one is easier for an oboist?

I used to play the oboe. Being in a rock band (mainly as a guitarist) I'd like to switch to the clarinet or the saxophone, as they are more useful in rock / jazz music. My question is, which one would ...
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How do I continue improving my saxophone technique?

I've started learning saxophone three weeks ago. I'm having really good fun with it and I play it whenever I can. I already play drums, bass guitar, and trombone so I know a bit about music, but not ...
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Is it bad to play wind instruments with clean teeth?

Since I started playing the saxophone, I've always been told that you are to never play the saxophone if you have eaten recently. I was told the reason for this was that (if any) the sugar on your ...
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Which key mode is funk saxophone played in?

I am analysing the musical style of playing saxophone on dance beats, or dubstep, like in this song. Would you characterise this as funk? And what is the key they use. My closest guess is a minor or ...
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Guidance in buying a tenor saxophone

I want to buy a tenor saxophone. The thing is that I used to play a bit on a very old (& nasty) one and now I want to make an upgrade. I was thinking of buying it from the thoman superstore ...
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Clefs for saxophone playing

Is alto saxophone music written for ordinary treble and bass clefs?
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Changing from bass to saxophone

I'm a professional, trained musician and yes I know that it's "never too late" to pick up something new. However: I play bass. I started 12 years ago because I actually wanted to play it. But over ...