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#91 Ultimate Tenor Sax Altissimo Fingering Chart

technique Oct 11, 2020

Ever wondered what fingerings to use when you play in the altissimo register on tenor sax? Well, I've saved you a lot of hard work by sifting through hundreds of fingerings from videos, websites and books to bring you the top six for every altissimo note up to double F. I also demonstrate every fingering just so that you know they all work (although it's pretty pretty challenging listening!)

Before you even attempt any of these fingerings you should watch my Ultimate Guide To Altissimo video, which explains, in detail, the mechanism of the instrument in terms of the high notes, and what you have to do with your vocal tract to get the high notes working. If you don't, it's quite likely...

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#90 Ultimate Alto Sax Altissimo Fingering Chart

technique Oct 04, 2020

Ever wondered what fingerings to use when you play in the altissimo register on alto sax? Well, I've saved you a lot of hard work by sifting through hundreds of fingerings from videos, websites and books to bring you the top six for every altissimo note up to double F. I also demonstrate every fingering just so that you know they all work (although it's pretty pretty challenging listening!)

Before you even attempt any of these fingerings you should watch my Ultimate Guide To Altissimo video, which explains, in detail, the mechanism of the instrument in terms of the high notes, and what you have to do with your vocal tract to get the high notes working. If you don't, it's quite likely...

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#87 How To Play In Tune On Sax

technique Sep 13, 2020

My favourite sax saying of all time is "you're better to be sharp than out of tune"! This is SO true for saxophonists I'm afraid to say. However, as you'll learn today, the odds are against you and it's vital to be aware of this and know how to adjust your tuning on a note to note basis to sound better.

Be sure to pick up your free PDF cheatsheet for this lesson, which has got all the main points from the lesson, plus the examples I demonstrate. Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on YouTube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and...

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#84 How To Tongue On Sax (Part 2) - Jazz Articulation

technique Aug 23, 2020

Greetings saxers! This lesson on Jazz Articulation is part 2 in my articulation series, so be sure to go and check out the Articulation Part 1 lesson which lays the foundation for this one. In this week's free online saxophone lesson for alto or tenor sax I teach you the basics of jazz articulation and show you how to tongue to get a good jazz feel.

Don't forget to get your free PDF cheat sheet for this lesson and remember there's loads more easy to follow sax technique videos here. If you want to enjoy the funny story of how I didn't tongue at all for the first two years of my playing click here!

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#81 How To Play Saxophone Altissimo - The ULTIMATE Guide

technique Aug 02, 2020

On this week's lesson you'll learn how to play high altissimo notes on saxophone. But this isn't the typical video. I go deep into the reasons why you might not be able to get the high notes out and what to do about it. In the process we'll delve into the very DNA of the instrument and find out how it works!

Be sure to pick up the free PDF here, which has my fingerings for altissimo notes on alto and tenor up to double F. Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on YouTube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and a complete transcript are at the...

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#74 How To Tongue On Sax (Part 1) - Articulation Essentials

technique Jun 14, 2020

What's the difference between a keen amateur and a pro saxophonist? Well, there's many differences, including tone, timing and technique, but one of the most striking differences is always phrasing, or articulation. In other words, how notes are tongued, and what notes are long or short. In this week's free online saxophone lesson for alto or tenor sax I teach you the most important basics of tonguing and how to use it to drastically upgrade your playing.

Don't forget to get your free PDF cheat sheet for this lesson and remember there's loads more easy to follow sax technique videos here. If you want to enjoy the funny story of how I didn't tongue at all for the first two years of my...

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#68 How To Subtone Like A Pro

technique May 03, 2020

In this week's free online saxophone lesson I show you how to get a great "subtone" down the low end of your saxophone. If you don't know what that is, don't worry, all is revealed down below. You can find all my technique videos here and don't forget to get your free PDF cheatsheet for this lesson, which has all the main points from the lesson. Print it off and keep it on your music stand! 

Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on YouTube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and a complete transcript are at the bottom of the blog.

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#4 How To Hold A Sax And Play Your First Three Notes

beginner technique Feb 03, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on saxophone, you'll learn where to put your hands on your sax, which buttons to push, how to position your body and fingers and how to play your first three notes.
 
 
Part 1 of this beginner series covers the assembly of the mouthpiece and neck, part 2 covers the assembly of the body and neck strap and part 3 covers your embouchure (how to position your teeth and lips etc on the mouthpiece). You can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for all the lessons.
 
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#3 How To Blow Your Sax (Embouchure)

beginner technique Jan 27, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on saxophone, I cover how to blow your sax and get a great sound. You'll learn how to have your mouth, known as your embouchure, on the mouthpiece and we're only going to be using the neck and mouthpiece so there's no fingerings etc to worry about!
 
You can learn how to assemble your instrument correctly here (part 1) and here (part 2) and you can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for ALL the lessons.
 
 
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