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High Notes on Soprano Sax

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Hey guys, wanted to ask you all about the soprano saxophone and playing the very high notes. Right about now I can get up to palm key D and play it in tune, but when I get to Eb and E, they are almost a half step flat! If I open the previous key ie Eb and D, E and Eb, they play in tune fine, but I was hoping there was some techniques/exercises. I could practice to get my away from that habit as it seems slightly impractical. Im on a Selmer S80 D and a Bauhaus Walstein Bronze soprano and 21/2 rico reserves, but I highly doubt its the setup, just thought I'd mention that extra detail. Cheers guys, so any techniques/exercises you could give me to get those high notes in tune would be much appreciated!

Regards,
Mike
 

Saxdiva

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Are you using the right hand side key as well as the palm key when fingering E? How does F sound?
 

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Yes we add the palm keys one after the other and holding the three lefthand palm keys and the right hand E key we add the F# key with the right hand third finger and then on the sop, the G with the second finger if you have one.
 

BigMartin

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Yes we add the palm keys one after the other and holding the three lefthand palm keys and the right hand E key we add the F# key with the right hand third finger and then on the sop, the G with the second finger if you have one.
I presume you mean key, not finger ;).
 

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what happened to the swear word filter?
 

Targa

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Not just the previous key, but all of them, so for E, you hold open the D as well as the Eb.

And for F, you hold open, E, Eb and D.

F# and G are notes I don't play on soprano. Well I did once and maybe that's why the cat peed in my saxophone case.

When I tried I peed in my own saxophone case.
 

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Laughing so much, nearly just did it myself!
 

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