When I'm playing F major, my high D, E and F notes sound horrible. I don't know why my sax sounds like that. Please help! Is it something I'm doing, or is it the sax itself...?
By high do you mean the palm key notes you mentioned in another thread?When I'm playing F major, my high D, E and F notes sound horrible. I don't know why my sax sounds like that. Please help! Is it something I'm doing, or is it the sax itself...?
If you are just starting on the saxophone, I would suggest that you not worry about the palm key notes right now. Focus on developing a full, well controlled sound in the mid-range of the instrument. Then as your embouchure muscles develop, you can incrementally add the higher notes one at a time. When you reach that level remember that the upper notes work best with a fast airstream consisting of "pressurized air"---sometimes called breath support.The pearl white keys. Apart from those I don't know! Sorry. Only four lessons in. :O
I would argue that when someone is starting out you have no real way of assessing what they need until they have learned a certain amount and are producing a half decent sound for then to make that assessment - surely it's better that they have something that is tried and trusted by many teachers to build a foundation on?I wouldn't.................................................................................;}
It does also depend on whether the same reed is used every single time, without a break, in which case it may wear out quite quickly. reeds are best rotated, and good to have a few on the go (I usually have 4 which I rotate so no reed gets played more than once every 4 days
I am very wary of starting ALL beginners on the same set-up as it is not actually possible to know in advance what is suitable for each beginner. Many trumpet teachers start their beginners on a Bach 7C (16.2mm) mouthpiece. Trouble is I found it far too small and found the Bach 1.5C (17.00mm) much better to start on. I now play a 17.5mm inner diameter mpc - much better.
The reed may not be an issue but I would always caution against making blanket assumptions...........