I switched to bari about a month ago and I'm in marching band right now so I've already gotten used to most things about the bari but I still am having trouble with phrasing and just playing longer. Is there anyone who can help? Also does anyone have any other tips and tricks about other parts of playing it?
if there are 2 eighth notes, there'll be connected automatically. I want them separated, two single eighth notes. what shall I do? I didn't find somthing in the instruction.
I hope you understand what I want to know.
I’ve been playing the Alto Saxophone for over 2 years now, and I’ve never used/owned a pad saver.
However I recently brought a new saxophone and the dealer insisted that I buy a pad saver as it is essential to prolong the life of a Saxophone,
He also mentioned that without a pad saver the saxophone pads would be at risk of moisture/humidity, which will reduce the life of the Saxophone pads to a year or two.
Now most of the advance/pro saxophonist I’ve met do not use pad savers, instead they prefer to use swabs to clean out all the moisture after playing the saxophone and keeping the case open for an hour or two to allow the residual moisture to dry out.
Moreover some(including me) believe that pad savers actually do more harm than good by retaining moisture in them, and if you keep it inside the Saxophone then it could damage the pads.
What are your thoughts about pad savers?
I would like you appreciate this peruvian piece.
I have been struggling with the altissimo notes on alto saxophone. I just can`t seem to play anything above the high d. ( with palm key). if anyone has any suggestion or exercises it would be appreciated.
Hi Has anybody got sheet music for the saxophone part in ' I put a spell on you' sung by Nina Simone
It would save me hours of time if you have!
Came across the list of "top 50 greatest jazz saxophone players of all time", thinking that the list is quite good. But I would place Pharoah Sanders at list in the Top-5 (he is in the end of the list, but, in my opinion, that's not right), for me he is one of the best ;Ornette Coleman was really great as well. What you guys think about the list and what changes would you make in it?
Please help me on my first jazz head. Any and all input would be amazing
I am a alto sax player, but i don't compose music. i was wondering if any of those in this community were star wars fans and would like to write up a melody for star wars that isn't to hard. not a lot out there for this
Hi, guys! I'm eager to know what is your impro/jazz practicing routine? What exactly do you practice and how much time do you devote to each topic (patterns, licks, scales, solos, etc.)?
In a few weeks, I'll start giving saxophone lessons to a few kids between the age of 10-12. They have one or two years of experience.
Does anybody here know any (not too hard) songs they could learn?
I would appreciate your feedback for this score. It's the continuation of the first "FORTNITE DANCES - Saxophone Quartet"
Can someone please transpose the 1st ending of My Hero Academia? It's called "Heroes-Brian The Sun" I have searched everywhere on the internet, and no one has done it. If you know of someone who has the sheet music for it, please link it in the comments. Please help, and thank you. Heres a link to the song-
Saxophone (no matter what type we are talking about: alto,tenor, soprano, bari or some less used ones) is so-called “transposing instrument”. It means that you are “in a different key” than “concert pitch” instruments, such as piano, guitar, (double) bass, etc. If you are not familiar with the “transposing instruments” thing, I suggest that you read the first section of the wiki article before continuing with this review, it is pretty well explained there:
So, to get the pitch you need when writing some sax part, you need to transpose it up (from concert pitch):
- For soprano sax: a major 2nd
- For alto sax: a major 6th
- For tenor sax: a major 9th (1 octave + major 2nd)
- For bari sax: a major 13th (1 octave + major 6th)
As you can see the difference between soprano and tenor is one octave (as well as the difference between alto and bari).
Soprano and tenor saxes are called "Bb instruments", it means that for the “C” note in these instruments’ part the actual sounding pitch will be “Bb”.
Alto and bari saxes are called “Eb instruments”; so if you write the “C” note in some part for this instruments, you will actually get the sound of “Eb” concert pitch once it is played.
All this stuff seems to be quite complicated for someone that has never dealt with transposing instruments before, but using MuseScore notation software you can quickly make parts for saxophones even if you do not know all this transposing instruments theory (though this knowledge is vital for composers). There is a quick video tutorial on the topic, I'll post a link in the end of this post.
One more thing to remember: once you have written some sheet music for saxophone, check the range - the saxophone part (make sure that it is not shown in concert pitch, so unpress the “concert pitch” button in MuseScore editor while viewing the part) should have pitches only inside this range (from small octave “Bb” to 3rd octave “F”) :
The only exception is bari sax - it has the additional low “A” note, which, by the way, sounds pretty cool. Good arrangers, like Gordon Goodwin, often use this feature of bari saxophones. Of course, there are also altissimo pitches, but that is a separate topic for conversation.
If you wish, you can check the whole sax family at:
This table from wikipedia is really “true to the fact”. Sopranino and sopranissimo saxes sound “higher” than concert pitch instruments: I mean that the first-octave “C” notated in sheet music for these instruments will actually sound as 1st-octave Eb and Bb respectively. All other saxes sound “lower than written”, just remember this rule. However, the most used saxes have been already mentioned before, so other ones are pretty rare,I should say.
And one more thing to be aware of when writing a piece for sax ensemble: saxophones and saxophonists are not perfect, and an arranger, especially writing for an amateur/student sax ensemble, or even for big band, should try not to overuse (I write the pitches that occur in sax part, not in concert pitch, of course) notes higher than 3rd octave C# (high notes tend to sound out-of-tune-high) and lower than 1st octave D (on some medium quality saxophones it’s hard to play those pitches, especially if saxophone is not in a perfect condition).
Don’t hesitate to add some thoughts and more tips on the topic in comments.
So I have a problem with the arrangement I am making for a Sax Trio. The song is called Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder, but for this trio I wanted to transpose the Tori Kelly version from the movie Sing.
Unfortunately, I don't know all of the notes since there are no other sheets of this version on the internet. I'd hope that some of you could help me with finishing this piece of music.
Thanks to those who would like to help!!
You can find my score in my profile ;)
New to the alto sax and i have a quick question, when i go to play i have about one or two seconds of just air and then the sound comes out fine - is this caused by my breathing, embouchure or reed? I have no idea? I just want a clean sound to come out the moment I begin. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :)
I'm having a hard time starting another song. Any ideas on how to start a song?
My daughter (11) has been really struggling with lower C# on her alto sax - she can play lower C and lower D nice and strong with any dynamics and articulation, but somehow the C# is a hit-or-miss affair for her. Her teacher suggested relaxing the embouchure a bit and putting more mouthpiece in, but it didn't seem to help much. Any suggestions will be much appreciated, but please note I am not a musician and I do not play any instrument myself so as plain English as possible, please. :-)
Also, any exercises you'd recommend? We've been trying interlaced scales (C, C#, D, C#, E, C#, etc.) and simple tunes so far.
I'm a tenor sax, if any one knows a good creator who puts out tenor sax sheet music that doesn't have it on bass line please let me know. I mostly like playing 80s music