Bending up is possible, but not very much and only if you have a cvertain relaxed embouchure to begin with.You can bend a note in either direction. Tighter embouchure is sharper, looser is flatter. Have a go.
Or you get a guitar with that lever thing - tremolo arm is it? Shame someone can't invent something like that for a sax - a device that temporarily lengthened or shortened the crook.......To make a downward bend on a guitar, you start with the string already pushed sideways to tighten it, then relax back down to pitch. (Or you can loosen it with the machine head)
Sunray watches to see if dooce changes his on-line name to Dosh [or loads o money] ...Or you get a guitar with that lever thing - tremolo arm is it? Shame someone can't invent something like that for a sax - a device that temporarily lengthened or shortened the crook.......
I'll get to work on it straight away - I can almost count my first million quid ))))
True. But, as Pete said, bending up from a normal embouchure position is somewhat limited even for Mr Hodges. So if you want, say, to bend from an E to an F then you have to start by playing the E whilst fingering an F. It takes practice.Johnny Hodges was a master at bending up (as he was master of all things alto of course...). He would attack a long note from below and gradually bend it up to where it was expected. Did he do it all with embouchure, I wonder, or with careful use of keys?