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Do you most often practice


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randulo

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Just another idle bit of curiosity, as I finish my usual morning practice session.
I rarely sit, regardless of instrument. When I practice the alto, most times I walk around the studio, unless I'm tired. I might stand still to concentrate on some particular challenge, but mostly I walk and stop, walk and stop. I also usually walk an hour a day, so it's not a hard thing to do.
 

LAP13

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I'm a fidget and can't stand still and play. Feels restricted. I'll wander unless I'm transcribing riffs then I'll sit or perch on the corner of desk or something
 

GCinCT

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I don't really have one position. I sit while reading, stand during long tone and overtone exercises and while practicing improv. I also tend to walk around. Since my wife has been working from home during the quarantine, I have been relegated to our finished attic. Lots of space up there to wander around while playing.
 

Taz

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I can only play standing up, I hate the restriction of sitting and feel my playing has no soul. My playing also suffers if I stand still, which is why I've insisted on getting wireless mics.
 

CliveMA

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I nearly always stand still. During long tones I usually close my eyes to better concentrate. I think of it as a form of meditation. I'll often close my eyes when playing expressive ballads, too.

I've exercised daily all my life. I have a circuit of all-over-body kettleball exercises + bike riding + long walks. I think exercises are very important for breath support (cardio + trunk both back and front), and muscular endurance for playing (fingers, hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, chest, upper and lower back, legs, too).
 

Juju_Birdie

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I sit because (a) it's one less thing to worry about (b) I can't see the music on the stand otherwise.

One gross thing happened yesterday - I felt a wet patch on my thigh. Clearly I was producing an inordinate amount of spit that day for some reason, evidenced when I finished and deciding to upend the horn. Wouldn't have noticed that if I were standing. :(
 

SaxyNikki

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I sit because (a) it's one less thing to worry about (b) I can't see the music on the stand otherwise.

One gross thing happened yesterday - I felt a wet patch on my thigh. Clearly I was producing an inordinate amount of spit that day for some reason, evidenced when I finished and deciding to upend the horn. Wouldn't have noticed that if I were standing. :(
That happens to me all the time. I’ definitely produce a better sound while standing but find playing my straight soprano difficult to do so I sit up straight on a stool. Every once in a while I get up and walk around. It also depends how long I’m playing for.
 

CliveMA

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I sit because (a) it's one less thing to worry about (b) I can't see the music on the stand otherwise.

One gross thing happened yesterday - I felt a wet patch on my thigh. Clearly I was producing an inordinate amount of spit that day for some reason, evidenced when I finished and deciding to upend the horn. Wouldn't have noticed that if I were standing. :(
It's not only spit. The vast majority is moisture from your exhaled breath, condensing in the cold saxophone. For me, once practice gets beyond about 30 minutes, I need to briefly wipe inside the soprano bell every now and then with a cloth else moisture will start dripping.
 
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randulo

randulo

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Puddles may be an exaggeration. This said, what I notice is that the amount of whatever that liquid is depends on what you eat and drink. I had a nice glass of rum cocktail in a restaurant and started to play and the Bb bis key pads were sticking down briefly almost right away.
 
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