Mouthpiece pitch

dooce

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I picked this tip up from a guy called Tom who works at Wood Wind & Reed in Cambridge - really nice, knowledgeable and approachable bloke, despite being American and severely denting my wallet by flogging me my Cannonball tenor.

Take mouthpiece off sax and blow, as you would normally. The pitch should be G; G# is just about acceptable. Any higher and you are pushing too much air through. I tried it and it certainly works for me.
 

half diminished

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Yeh, did this on the Jazzwise course with Mike Tracy in one of the master-classes. I managed to get it spot on in tune first time which I was able to repeat on demand - the only one in our group of around 10 to do so - which is ironic as I never played anything in tune with it attached to the sax!
 
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I picked this tip up from a guy called Tom who works at Wood Wind & Reed in Cambridge - really nice, knowledgeable and approachable bloke, despite being American and severely denting my wallet by flogging me my Cannonball tenor.

Take mouthpiece off sax and blow, as you would normally. The pitch should be G; G# is just about acceptable. Any higher and you are pushing too much air through. I tried it and it certainly works for me.



Hi Dooce & nosaxyet

Take a Look -
http://www.jazzlab.com/bcms2/index.php?lang=english

ManEast
 
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half diminished

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Hi Dooce & nosaxyet

Take a Look -
http://www.jazzlab.com/bcms2/index.php?lang=english

ManEast
I wonder if it actually works? What could you use it for? I did use just the mouthpiece for a while when starting to bend notes but to be honest I need to hear the sound I am playing as I am still training me ear to recognise sound, chords, notes, major, minor, dom7 etc.
 
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Thanks Dooce,

I was recently at a jazz course and found that I was sometimes out of tune with the other players in my ensemble. I had tuned using a cromatic tuner and was sure i was playing the right notes.

I checked with my teacher and after a few excercises found that i was pinching way too hard and this affected my pitch on certain notes.

Your little trick may help me relax my jaw a little.
 

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What could you use it for? .
This is an excellent concept if it works well, but to answer your question, Shoshie's now famous mouthpiece training exercises is a great example of the kind of training you can do with only a mouthpiece

http://www.bobrk.com/saxfaq/2.6.html

Very convenient for situations where taking the sax isn't practical, but perhaps a mouthpiece and silencer is??

Cheers

T.
 

half diminished

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This is an excellent concept if it works well, but to answer your question, Shoshie's now famous mouthpiece training exercises is a great example of the kind of training you can do with only a mouthpiece

http://www.bobrk.com/saxfaq/2.6.html

Very convenient for situations where taking the sax isn't practical, but perhaps a mouthpiece and silencer is??

Cheers

T.
Looks about as easy as overtone practice! I can just get (at will pretty much) three notes from fingering lower C but that's it. Anyway, I'll maybe look at this as I know I don't control my airflow properly. My teacher who is half my size gets twice the sound! Mind you she is quite good >:) at this sax playing!
 
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