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Hi there :) [28 Mar 2013|03:33pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Hello all :)

Just joined the comm and figured I'd give an introduction.

Name: Ashleigh
Grade: None; dropped out of college a year ago.
Location: Virginia, but I'll hopefully be relocating soon.
# of years on sax: 5 on alto. I'm going to get a soprano in about a week, though.
Types of sax: mainly alto, but I've messed with tenor and I'm about to get a soprano.
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated): I have no idea... but I'll never stop playing the sax.
Anything Else: I just got a hard rubber Meyer mouthpiece and I've been playing it with a size 3 rico royal reed. Has anyone experimented with this mouthpiece and altissimo notes? I've been trying to play them for years, but the struggle is real...

Other than that, I'm glad that I found this comm and I'm glad to be here ^_^v

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tame your sax: [16 Jun 2010|02:33pm]

still searching for better altissimo tenor fingerings.  here's one of the pages i found:

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newbie info and altissimo question [01 May 2010|09:39am]

Name:  egabrielle
Grade:  college undergrad  (5th year)
Location:  louisiana, usa
# of Years on Sax:  12 years
Type(s) of Sax:  play all, but mostly tenor and bari
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated):  becoming a broadway musical writer or a film scorer in SoCal
Anything Else:  I own an alto (bundy 2) and two tenors (selmer signet and a selmer series 3)

Does anyone know good fingerings for altissimo A and Ab on tenor?  I've tried the standard LH 2 and 3 with a few RH side finger combinations for alt. A, and the most I hear is overtones.  Any suggestions?
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Metronome Question [28 Apr 2010|10:44am]

[ mood | anxious ]

I've been using a Boss DB-30 metronome purchased about six months ago, and recently it started going crazy on me.  By crazy, I mean if I leave it on for five or so minutes during reps, it stops itself and resets to the default mm120, quarter note pulse, four beats per measure.  Has anyone else experienced this problem?  If so, do you know how to fix it?

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Intro/Should I Get A Kenny G Sax? [17 Dec 2009|03:54pm]

[ mood | awake ]

First, an introduction.
Name: Theresa Annalee Cantu
Age: 16 Grade: 11
I've been playing all saxophones (except contrabass) for seven years, but I have to say that the alto is my favorite. I plan on going to Oberlin College to major in Jazz performance, and Minor in the Fine Arts. I hope to become a professional jazz musician as an adult.

Ok! Now for the big question.
I've been looking to get a new sax for quite some time now and I noticed Kenny G has a line of professional saxophones on his website. I'm looking at the black alto (As far as I'm aware, they're all E-Series II). The price is exTREMELY low, compared to the professional alto I bought about five years ago. I saw his video on youtube and they seem like decent saxophones, if not great, but I would like to hear from someone that knows for sure if they're worth the money. If you know about them, cool. If you have one, or have tried one, great! I'd really appreciate the help.

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King Vol-True II [10 Nov 2008|05:32pm]


So I've just acquired a new saxophone and I was wondering if there's anyone who might know about it.  It's a King Vol-True II tenor saxophone.  Anyone heard of it?

x-posted to sax_addicts
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[10 Nov 2006|01:39pm]

I am currently trying to find the apropriate academic program that suits my needs and career goals. I have a BA from the University of Michigan in sociology and am trying to find a program that will allow me to study Jazz performance and/or composition while persuing a graduate degree within the field of Ethnomusicology. I would like to find an interdisciplinary program that would allow me to carry out research abroad that would ideally contribute to the body of research within the field of ethnomusicology. When I think of my professional goals as a musician I believe that a well rounded global approach is needed since my saxophone playing has been informed by world music and the jazz idiom. I am looking for a program that will allow me to build upon my private studies in jazz while allowing me the freedom to exercise my research abilities that I have learned at the University of Michigan. Any information would surely be apreciated.
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Beautiful Tone [19 Jul 2006|01:35pm]

I've been listening to the Piazzolla: Tangos Arranged For Saxophone and Orchestra, and Frederico Mondelci's playing is _breathtaking_.

Anyone have any other albums featuring him, or know what he's up to these days?

(x-posted because I am that interested!)
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Loooong tones... [06 Jul 2006|06:54pm]

I've just played long tones on soprano sax for a half hour, and BOY do I feel light! I really think long tones, when incorporated with meditation, are a magical thing. Also, about half-way in, I could feel my entire vibrating to the frequency of the pitch I was sitting on (low D on a Bb sax). Have any of you experience similar feelings when practicing, particularly on long tones?

(probably x-posted to other sax livejournal communities!)
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World Saxophone Congress Event... [25 Jun 2006|11:14pm]
Okay, for anyone going to the World Sax Conference in Slovenia in about 2 weeks... Dr. Connie Frigo (Baritone player for the New Century Saxophone Quartet and saxophone professor at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville) will be "premiering" a piece for solo baritone sax. This piece is by composer David Lang, and was originally written for solo Bass Clarinet (recording by Evan Ziporyn on his CD "This is not a clarinet" available at Amazon or on iTunes). This piece, is astonishing, and hearing a player of Dr. Frigo's level playing it makes it all the better. So if you're at the conference and aren't busy whenever she performs, HEAD ON OVER AND LISTEN!

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[03 Jun 2006|12:01am]

[ mood | chipper ]

Name: James Nichols
Age: 17
Grade: 12
Location: Montgomery, AL
# of Years on Sax: 7
Type(s) of Sax: Tenor, Alto, and Bari
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated): I might major in Jazz Studies. If not, i am almost completely sure that i will be a music major of some sort...
Anything Else: nope. oh wait... i hate kenny g. there we go.

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Greetings! [25 May 2006|07:45pm]

[ mood | working ]

I only just managed to find this community (someone might want to consider adding some more interests so it's easier to find *cough*), so sorry I'm late to the party. ;-)

An Introduction

Name: Carla

Age: 22 and wishing I was back in high school already!

Grade: Just graduated from college with a B.A. in English (minor in Music), heading to graduate school... so I guess that's... 17th? lol

Location: Florida, but I've been all over... including overseas.

# of Years on Sax: 15. Yes, that's right -- 15. I'm "old." :-P

Type(s) of Sax: Alto, Bari, Tenor, Soprano. As of right now I only own an alto -- a crummy old Yamaha, at that. Looking to get my hands on a nice Selmer, possibly even a Hummingbird. I've played jazz on alto and tenor, and classical on all four.

Future Plans: Working on getting into a grad school for English that'll let me putz around in their music program(s)! Recently got engaged to an awesome jazz bassist who's an undergrad in Music. (So don't get me wrong -- I may be an English geek, but I love music just as much!)

Anything Else: I love talking shop about music and instruments (I play more than just sax and I love many types of music) -- if you'd like to friend my LJ, go right ahead! I don't geek out about music on there much, but I'd be more likely to share my AIM/MSN names in order to chat with you about it.

Much thanks to whomever made this community -- there aren't enough communities out there for the awesome people known as saxophonists!

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SUP?! [06 May 2006|11:16am]


This comm. is kinda getting lazy! *tsk tsk* so to liven things up, HERE'S A PICTURE of a guy in my section who is beloved by everyone. No, it's not me...it's:


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and then some fans of TITUS MILES:

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and another section person with the tattoo of TITUS MILES!!!

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Intro [04 May 2006|04:22pm]

Grade:9 soon to be 10
# of Years on Sax:tenor:3 Soprano: 6 months
Type(s) of Sax:mentioned above
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated):Next Marching Band season
Anything Else:need reed advice since i can never find one that's right for me
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MODE HELP NEEDED! [26 Apr 2006|10:10pm]

Okay improv community. Of all places, I think that this community should know the most about modes.

Basically, I have a new (private) sax teacher and he's been teaching me modes and improvisation. But... I still don't fully understand it, and I REALLY need help with it, as there's this CD I'm supposed to practice to but I don't really understand what to do.
Here's what I get so far (please correct me if I'm wrong):

Every key can have scales built from every scale degree... the basic scale starts on the tonic, and scales that are built from any of the other degrees (like the subtonic) are called modes, which all have different names depending on which degree they start on (eg. Mixolydian.)

The same is applicable with chords, right? So.... if you are given a piece in the key of C and there is an improv section, the chords will be chords built off the modes of the C scale...when played these follow the format of:

the first (I) is a major chord; the second (II) is a minor; the third (III) is a minor; the fourth (IV) is a major; the fifth (V) is a dominant Major?; the sixth (VI) is a minor; the seventh (VII) is a Half Diminished; the eightth is the original major chord again.

So during this improv section you can play any mode in the key and it will fit; (but this is where my dilemma comes in) ONLY if you add a raised seventh of the key to keep the chord tones on beat (Bebop scale.) But is this 'raised seventh' only the raised seventh of the (I) tonic scale? Or does it change, depending on the mode you play? And does it matter where you fit it in? Is it supposed to be off-beat? How do you know where to put it, or whether it should be held? I have the same problem understanding the Blues scale. When you're improvising, is the flattened third/raised fourth of the original key, or of the modes as you change between them? And last question. When you are given chords for improv, and I believe they are built off the modes, can you still play any mode within them, or should you play the mode of the note they begin on, changing as they change? Please help. I'm befuddled.
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Intro [04 Apr 2006|04:31pm]

Name: Erin
Age: 20
Grade: Depends who you ask... senior in college by credit hours, just finishing my sophomore year in time.
Location: central Florida
# of Years on Sax:10
Type(s) of Sax: sopranino, soprano, alto, and tenor. I've tooled around on bari before, but it was uncomfortable because I'm definitely a little on the short side. :]
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated): teaching high school biology, hopefully to IB students, but I'm not that picky.
Anything Else: I love that you said we can discuss chemistry homework in the user info... I hate chemistry with a passion and the homework even more so!
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[02 Apr 2006|05:26pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Name: Cait
Age: 17
Grade: 11
Location: NY
# of Years on Sax: about 7
Type(s) of Sax: alto, tenor, bari
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated): i like to take one step at a time, but i suppose music fests until i should go to college
Anything Else: i hope everyone can experience great sax

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Soul of the Elephant [27 Feb 2006|11:31pm]
Hey guys. It's been a while since I've posted anything, but recently I ordered Soul of the Elephant by David Pope(I think). I heard someone play it while I was at interlochen last summer and loved it. Does anyone happen to have a recording of it they could share with me? My saxophone professor is very interested in hearing it. Thanks in advance.

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[29 Jan 2006|05:53pm]

I have friend who's playing tenor sax for a Valentine banquet, no accompianist. I'm wondering if you any of you have any sheet music he could use? As in, you send it to me ( virtualorange64@gmail.com ) and I'll print it out for him. He's just a (high school) freshman who lives in Podunk, USA, so he doesn't really have much option to go out and buy any at this time. He's pretty good, and is looking for any level of music, but I wouldn't choose anything over a 4. Maybe a 4 1/2, at highest.

Thanks for reading!

X-posted to clarinet (Lol, who knows? A lot of people double on clarinet and sax.)
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Hi Everybody! [16 Dec 2005|06:14pm]

[ mood | peaceful ]

Name:Blue oder Blau ;)
Age: Twentyish
Grade: Senior standing in college
Location: Colorado
# of Years on Sax: 15 though started on clarinet
Type(s) of Sax: I just got a Yahama Custom Z with a Dokoff D10, and a Selmer Series III alto (just before they added that cool c# intonation key)
Future Plans (sax related or completely unrelated): I hope to finish up my music degree in the next couple of years. I still maintain that my mission is "to gain the musical ability to play for rest of my life". Find some creative way to make money with it.
Anything Else: Can't wait to read posts!

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