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Avon

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Hi All,

I started playing the sax just about the time of my 50th Birthday and love it. I've two horns described below. But I have a problem which I'd be really grateful for some advice on.

When playing the tenor I really struggle to get a clean sound when goind to notes below low D from say A and above. I can get the note nice and cleanly after a short 'wobble/squeak/flutter". I've tried relaxing my emboucher, putting more mouthpiece in my mouth, blowing harder, blowing softer. It seems to work best if I legato from the A to the D or below, but the particular piece I'm working on needs to be tongued. I have no trouble running scales down to bottom Bb so I think its something to do with the transition, but can't work out what. I guess it might simply be practice thats required, if so I'd be grateful for advice on what and how to practice effectively.

Any advice gratefully received.

I love playing the sax - its so rewarding (well for me at least!).
 

trimmy

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Welcome to the cafe Avon :thumb: i saw the title and thought you were talking about me ' Mature, slow learner ' :)))
 

Chris

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Welcome from me as well, I don't think you will be on your own as a mature learner.
There are more than one or two around here..

Chris..
 

breathless

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Hi, Im 43 and started playing (or pretending to) 2 weeks ago and am suffering the same problem only it happens to me on most notes! LOL!

back to see the teacher tomorrow!

Lee.
 

Avon

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Many thanks to you all - and the 'Air Support' pages are really helpful - I never knew that holding a piece of paper against a wall by blowing could get such interesting comments!!

'Breathless' you nearly had me worried - I think after 2 weeks I'd only just managed to play a few notes from the middle of the range - and C to D remained a squeeky myth for many many months!
 

breathless

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Avon I was very lucky to be started off running with 3 hours tuition from a wonderful fella Simon at Sax.co.UK, I think if I hadn't I would have sat there a long time without success.
By the time I left the shop I could just about play up and down the scale.
Prior to my purchase I had already arranged tuition with a sax tutor local to me, I had my 2nd lesson today and came away full of optimism, had a good lesson and several things came together and even got a climpse that I may well be able to master reading music after all. Even went as far as a bit of improvisation to music (although I'm not sure I nailed that) LOL.
It gives you a really good fealing when things come together.

Rgds Lee.
 
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Justin Chune

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Hi Avon and welcome to the cafe. Playing across wide intervals is difficult and has nothing to do with you being a slow learner. As a matter of fact you seem to be doing very well.

Jim.
 

gladsaxisme

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Hi Avon

Welcome to the cafe hope you enjoy being here,it has been said around here before that to play a note correctly you have to hear it in your head and know where your going takes a bit of getting used to but it is true and comes with time.....John
 

navarro

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Hi Avon, hello and welcome from an extra mature learner (just born 36 years short of the same century as Adolphe Sax)

I picked up the sax (alto) 4 months and 2 days ago for the first time. I had to ask my teacher what the ring on the back was for.

You seem to have made remarkable progress.

Thanks to a good teacher and a great deal of help and encouragement from everyone on this forum, I will be playing, tonight my first solo. (Stolen Moments) with a beginners, college big band. Good luck and regds N.
 
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