Taming The Saxophone

The Saxophone Standard

jbtsax

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This is perhaps the best and most comprehensive video I have ever seen covering all aspects of the saxophone. Although at almost 2 hours long, it is a bit unwieldy to watch in one setting, but it can easily be digested in 30 minute segments. Below I have written out an index of topics for the first 30 minutes. I will add the rest as time permits. Any other member is welcome to index a 30 minute segment, and I will be happy to include it in this original post. Enjoy!


1:13 History
4:18 The Saxophone Family
7:46 Getting Started
9:02 Assembly
12:20 The Reed
16:30 Reed Storage
17:30 Posture
18:52 Hand Position
20:02 Embouchure
22:40 Tuning
24:00 Breathing and Air Support
28:54 Starting the Tone
32:40 Legato Tonguing
33:50 Staccato Tonguing
36:25 How To Practice a Difficult Passage
38:20 How to Develop Fast Single Tonguing
39:56 Vibrato
42:36 (A Good Example of Classical Altissimo)
43:45 Voicing
48:33 Tuning and Centering the Pitch
52:28 Advanced Techniques for Contemporary Music
54:30 Altissimo
56:18 Circular Breathing
00:23 Slap Tonguing
02:38 Double tonguing
06:01 Palm key technique
07:19 Low register
09:18 Stuff to have
09:53 Practice tips
11:52 The break (middle #C/D)
14:21 Chromatic fingerings
16:31 Covered #C
18:18 Sticky keys
18:51 #G key regulation
19:33 Reed adjustment
23:23 Chamber ensemble tips
-Switches to jazz-
27:18 Articulation
29:55 Tone
32:37 Equipment
35:28 Embouchure
39:33 Feel
41:58 Big band sax section history
49:18 Roles within the section
 
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jimmylh

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I watched it from start to finish a few weeks back. Impressive playing from those guys. I was surprised they talked about slap tonguing. Is that part of normal playing? I thought it was just a gimmick for guys like James Carter. Shows how much I know.
 

Carlysax

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Just posted this in beginners, then came across your post in teaching, had watched a few months ago, an excellent resource.
 

Frnic

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Restarting with Sax after a 50 year break I have been scouring the web looking for useful information. I found this place a few days ago, and yesterday I found the link below. "Saxophone Standard HD" is a 2 hour video by two groups in the US Army Field Band that give instruction, tips and hints from beginner to advance student levels.

I really like their approach of speaking about a subject and then demonstrating it. And then as a "summary" they play a part of a piece that that shows you how it all sounds. I expect this is most useful to new students.

In addition to this 2 hour instructional video, they have about 50 more videos on other topics.

The video starts with a Chamber Quartet and a Jazz ensemble picks up to cover Jazz, Swing, and big band about 3/4s of the way through.

Very well produced and a lot of good info - I would like to hear what others here think of it.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE8c_Z4g0-s
 

saxyjt

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Indeed. I've seen these folk and they are simply amazing..
You should see the same guys from the Navy, they are even better!* :p

*This is perhaps a slightly biaised comment as my dad was in the Navy (French Navy, but it doesn't matter, seamen's solidarity knows no frontiers) so I grew up learning that the Navy was better in every way...
 

Ne0Wolf7

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@jbtsax , here is the other half of the saxophone standard index.

02:38 Double tonguing
06:01 Palm key technique
07:19 Low register
09:18 Stuff to have
09:53 Practice tips
11:52 The break (middle #C/D)
14:21 Chromatic fingerings
16:31 Covered #C
18:18 Sticky keys
18:51 #G key regulation
19:33 Reed adjustment
23:23 Chamber ensemble tips
-Switches to jazz-
27:18 Articulation
29:55 Tone
32:37 Equipment
35:28 Embouchure
39:33 Feel
41:58 Big band sax section history
49:18 Roles within the section
 

Jeanette

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@jbtsax , here is the other half of the saxophone standard index.

02:38 Double tonguing
06:01 Palm key technique
07:19 Low register
09:18 Stuff to have
09:53 Practice tips
11:52 The break (middle #C/D)
14:21 Chromatic fingerings
16:31 Covered #C
18:18 Sticky keys
18:51 #G key regulation
19:33 Reed adjustment
23:23 Chamber ensemble tips
-Switches to jazz-
27:18 Articulation
29:55 Tone
32:37 Equipment
35:28 Embouchure
39:33 Feel
41:58 Big band sax section history
49:18 Roles within the section
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Jx
 
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