In my saxophone lesson last week we were discussing harmonics and the altissimo range. As part of that discussion my teacher had me finger low Bb and then "overblow" to Bb2 an octave higher. Then he had me go back and forth between the "harmonic" fingering and the regular fingering for that note and try to make the regularly fingered Bb sound as rich and full as the harmonic one.
Next we went up to F and did the same thing, trying to find the right oral cavity shape and size and airstream to make the regularly fingered F sound as rich as the one produced as a harmonic. Then we went to the next harmonic Bb3 and went through the same process.
Then he pointed out something that should have been obvious to me all these years, but somehow I had missed. He said you try to play all of the notes in the middle register of the sax with the same "voicing" that made Bb2 sound rich and full. Then he said you try to play all the notes in the upper register with...
I was recently set an exercise to learn from one of my books by my tutor. It was only a short piece and I decided as I really don't enjoy playing with a metronome to ask @Chris if he could do me a short backing track to play along to with a good strong drum beat.
I sent him the dots and very swiftly received the backing track at two speeds.
It was really useful and made playing much more fun so if you are in the same situation please do contact Chris there is only a small fee half of which is donated to the café.
More info re backing tracks here
This is very exiting news. After months, no, years of R & D and one or two extra grey hairs appearing on Dr. Pillinger's head plus one or two falling out of mine, i am pleased to say it looks like we may finally have an alto mouthpiece good enough to decorate with this distinguished brand.
I already have quite a long list of interested parties so please make sure you are on my mailing list, via the contact form here:
There will be two production facings (custom facings also available)
5* (suitable for classical and also fine for beginners)
6** (For anything else)
The 6** is more or less a 7, but may feel more like a 6* or 6 which I find to be the absolute best for jazz, pop, blues, r & b, rock and anything else including bluegrass and dubstep (Not doorstop)
I received a nice email this morning from Paul's granddaughter, who thanked me for the mention of him in the TamingTheSaxophone article on R & B saxophone players
She has mentioned it on the Paul Williams Facebook Page
So please like, share and comment there, tweet it etc.
It's about time the Cafe had it's own Blues thread. So here it is.
This is all about you and the Blues No complex jazz changes to challenge
the grey matter, no blistering tempo to change the arthritis . This is open
to ALL members to have a play with. There's NO melody to learn just make up
The backing can be downloaded from here "HoneyRose"
Don't worry the title is just a working title, you can title it what you like. The track has
x5 choruses with a two bar intro, the Key is Bb minor, the tempo is about 80ish.
The chords are.
ll Bbm l F7+ l
ll: Bbm l % l % l Bb7+ l
Ebm l % l Bbm l % l
Gb7 l F7 l Bbm l F7 :ll
Bbm l % ll
Feel free to post as many versions as you like, each time you find another way round
the track press record and share it on here. I know Pete and Aldevis will be joining in on...
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