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Beginner high g# and high a problems

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Hi everyone sorry for asking a poor question. I have been playing te sax for about 3 months and playing at a grade 2 level. But having problems with high g# and high a they just sound awful and garguly. Any suggestions?
 

Justin Chune

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After the lush sounds of the rest of the sax those two notes came as an awful shock to me as well. When i mentioned them to my teacher he just laughed and told me that I had discovered the two worst notes on the instrument and that I would get used to them. That's what happened. You will get used to them too.

Jim.
 

littleplum

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Hi Rory

Try adding more pressure to your diaphragm and this will add more power to the air supply and make these notes sound a lot better.

best wishes

Dave
 
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Der Wikinger

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just to clarify. Are you speaking about the high g# on the top of the treble clef or the one an octave above that one?
 
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My teacher told me i was playing at grade 2 level. A
nd im talking about high g# on top of the treble cleff. Im getting there slowly tho im playing for at least 2 hours a day.
 
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Thanks very much beck. I just well and truly love the instrument. If i could play all day i would. My wife bought me my sax as i was borrowing one but now i have my own its my prized possession.
 

kevgermany

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As well as the breath, a slightly harder reed may help.
 

half diminished

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These things take time and of course practice of good technique. You might want to get hold of a book called Top Tones for the Saxophone. It's pretty cheap and very helpful.
 

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