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  1. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    I was chatting to @AlanU yesterday over an excellent coffee and a Yanagisawa Sop mouthpiece.

    Amongst many varied and interesting subjects was a suggestion from him - somewhere to post useful tips that often aren't passed on. So here it is:

    Please keep this thread on topic with sax related tips..

    [Edit note - typo fixed. 'sax' added to on topic request to satisfy a smart alec]
     
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  3. trimmy

    trimmy One day i will...

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    Rotate your reeds each practice session
    something I've been doing the last 18months and feel the benefit of doing so
     
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    Jeanette Organizress Cafe Moderator

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    What benefits though?

    Jx
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Reeds last longer
     
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    Jeanette Organizress Cafe Moderator

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    Well of course they do if you don't play them as much but it will be the same overall surely?

    Jx
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Listen I'm not going into the science of it, they just do, for me anyway :rolleyes:

    Kev, I'm doing my best to keep on topic
     
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  8. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Benefits of reed rotation:
    You always have reeds ready to play when one goes off
    Your embouchure is more flexible due to playing a slightly different reed each time.
    You don't get locked into a single Reed and struggle to adapt when the new one isn't the same as the tired old one.
    You spot a dead reed more quickly.
    Reeds last longer as you don't overplay them.
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Couldn't of put it better Kev :mrcool
     
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    Jules Formerly known as "nachoman"

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    definitely true.. I used to run reeds into the ground and then find a vast difference when i put a new one on..
     
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    About reeds trying to go a bit further, what would be your good tips to prepare them ? Immersed in water ? For how long ? What does work for you guys ?
     
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    Sax tip: Remember to blow into the small end. :)
     
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    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Put mouthpiece on neck before attaching reed. Saves readjusting the reed after moving it while you put the mouthpiece on the neck cork.
     
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    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Put ligature on mouthpiece, then slide the reed shank under the lig. Saves catching the tip on the light and wrecking it.
     
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    SaxoFREAK saX on the bEaCH..

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    Good tips guys, what might seem very easy for seasoned veterans can be confusing to the rest of us and sometimes us noobs feel embarassed asking them.. :cheers:
     
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    Put mouthpiece on neck before attaching neck to sax body: saves on pull down strain on the neck (I have seen a fair few necks damaged this way).
    M.
     
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    Jules Formerly known as "nachoman"

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    If you've got a black mouthpiece cap- wind some coloured electrical tape, or similar, round it to avoid losing it on darkened stages
     
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    jbtsax old and opinionated

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    Sitting or standing erect with good posture, balance the saxophone using only your thumbs. Adjust the length of the neckstrap so that the tip of the mouthpiece touches the curved area just above your chin. To play, tilt the head down slightly so that the mouthpiece enters the mouth. This insures good posture, and the mouthpiece entering the mouth at the correct angle.
     
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    If you need to push the mouthpiece past the end of the neck cork and can't see where you are, a little tape round the neck at the end of the cork will give you a marker.
     
  20. MikeMorrell

    MikeMorrell Still struggling to play better

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    Benoit, there are lots of articles/videos on preparing reeds but this one on TTS sums it up well for me: How to Choose and Work on Cane Saxophone Reeds.
    I try to break new reeds in gradually over about 5-7 days. In my (limited) experience I've found that it also depends on the brand. For example, I find most Ricoh reeds play pretty much straight out the box with little adjustment. I find Van Doren reeds slightly stiffer and take more time to break in. Softer reeds like Ricoh seem to wear out sooner than stiffer reeds like Van Doren.
     
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    MikeMorrell Still struggling to play better

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    Check that no keys are sticking before you start playing anywhere else than at home.
     
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