June 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm #55634
hi Johnny, hope you’re having a good summer. despite my best efforts at tightening up my embouchure, my upper palm key notes are all flat; hi D# thru F#… its me not the sax, my yts62/otto link sounds great with notes up to a or b, then I’m really flat above that. any tips? much appreciated! 🙂
I’m trying to play like stuart m on Sade’s ‘is it a crime’; great solo if i can get those upper notes sounding on pitchJune 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm #55646
Yes check my blog section there is a lesson video on just that
I can’t put the link here as I’m not on my computerJune 20, 2017 at 7:57 am #55660June 20, 2017 at 8:54 am #55667
Nice Song Jazz Cat!June 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm #55716
thanks; found it; good tips, will tryJune 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm #55718
i have sen you do this figuring, for your higher octave, the g and a finger pressing down, leaving off the b finger and maybe the high d side key what is thisJune 22, 2017 at 8:21 am #55750
not sure which note you mean, let me know where in the video it is.October 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm #60903
Has any body found a sax mouthpiece patch/cushion that lasts more than 30 minutes of playing? I tend to bite through the thickest vandoren mouthpiece cushions.October 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm #60905
Wow – i would change your embouchure. If you are biting that hard, that will tense up your air flow and make it harder to keep a steady pitch.
Try to start with a double embouchure ie top lip curled under top teeth, bottom lip curled over bottom teeth. Place mouthpiece on bottom lip and then lower upper lip onto top of mouthpiece – then push the top lip out of the way with the top teeth coming down and resting on the mouthpiece.
This results in a flat even tensed horizontal bottom lip which will give a firm steady pitch, then with the top teeth resting on the mouthpiece, seal off the mouthpiece with the rest of the top lip. Your embouchure lips have should now have a firm seal around the mouthpiece – start blowing, and gently increase the pressure by pushing the bottom lip up.
This is where you fill your stomach with a decent amount of air, and pull your stomach in firmly to increase the air pressure on the mouthpiece, so the stomach pressure is more in use, rather than using a lot of air pressure in your mouth. The more air pressure you use in your mouth may result in you biting more to control a steady pitch, whereas you can take a lot of pressure off the mouth, if you use your stomach to control the pressure instead.
this probably wont help, but it’s worth a try.October 13, 2017 at 7:20 am #60920October 13, 2017 at 9:45 am #60923
I ment to type JF on the embouchure subjectOctober 13, 2017 at 10:32 am #60927
i’ve watched a lot of youtube videos on embouchure, read a few books on the subject as well. There are lots of different oppinions on how you should embouchure. Trouble is facial anatomy varies from person to person – Chins can be pointed, round, flat (vary in width by inches) . Lips can be wide, very wide, extremely wide (thin thick etc) and the distance between the bottom of the nose and the chin can vary in height . So taking that into account, what one video might recomend may not be suited to your face, like some say form a nice circle with the lips, others say keep both lips flat etc.. some say use less lower lip, others say take in more mouthpiece,
Your facial anatomy dictates what you can and can’t do.
For me i can’t physically do certain types of embouchures, my four bottom teeth are very sharp and they can easily cut into my bottom lip if i’m not careful. But it’s worth trying out all the variations you come across.
Whatever you choose, you’ll know you have the right one, when you can play low Bb to high F# without changing have to change lip pressure drastically.
However, if you are a Pro, then you can sing the tone, ie low notes loose bottom lip, high notes more bottom lip pressure where the bottom lip pressure corresponds exactly how you sing in different registers.
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