Here’s Some Simple Exercises to Develop Saxophone Control and Tone
In this video:
- inherent sax problems
- 3 different Bb fingerings
- 2 different F fingerings
- exercises to develop full range control
Spend your daily saxophone practice time wisely. Follow these few and simple exercises to develop saxophone control and tone. There are a few inherent problem areas on a saxophone. Some of these can take some time to master and some can be a constant pain it the you-know-what!
One is the very low end of the horn… low Bb, B and sometimes even C and C#. A sax that has good, non-leaky pads, proper air support, and a good reed will fix this problem.
The 2nd problem is at the octave break, that’s middle C going to the D. This problem is mostly in our beginning stage of development and is mastered with good finger technique and air control.
The 3rd problem is the high register. This problem is worst on some saxophones than others… the soprano and bari can take some work to get your intonation bang-on up there, especially when starting out or switching over from alto or tenor.
Embouchure and good air support will eventually fix this problem. These areas will need to be worked on individually with a big focus before you can be fluent on your sax. By fluent I mean just being able to tear it up from top to bottom without stumbling on notes or breaking any of them… and keeping them all in tune as well.
This is a tall order when at the beginning to intermediate stages of saxophone playing. Don’t shy away from the top and bottom notes in your exercises… work on scales and chords that start on low Bb and go all the way up to high F.
Keep in mind to make every note even in length and volume. This is a very good exercise and when done right and will produce noticeable benefits in your playing almost immediately. There are numerous variations for scales and chords you can use… here’s a few to get you going:
These don’t need to be fancy, the point is to play in full control and be strong from top to bottom. Remember, you’ll improve faster if you record yourself doing these.
If you aren’t sure about the quality of your daily exercises, consider following a step-by-step guide I put together to help you do just that. This is my “guaranteed results” Daily Saxophone Practice Routine it may be just the guide you need to start seeing faster results from your daily practicing routine.