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Steve Williams
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Posted on 06-06-2010 21:10
Hi,
Can any one help please.
For the last 20 odd yrs have played a YTS 23 Tenor, then bought a second hand Selmer (Paris) Super Action 80 Series II Tenor Saxophone and instead of using my old Otto Link 5* mouthpiece I started using a Otto Link 6*, (both with a 2.5 reed).
Now I cannot always get Top D, D# , F# etc.
Any suggestions Please!
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William Sims
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Posted on 07-06-2010 17:33
I played a Selmer VI for over 20 years, using Dukoff 7* & 9*. In 2005 I bought a Cannoball and changed my set-up using Runyon Smooth Bore 6* with Rico Jazz Select Unfilled 2M reeds. I'm hitting higher notes than ever. I focused on my embochure (forming more "O" and I downloaded: Sound Production for Saxophone by Walter Beasley. It's been a great help.
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Nick Smith
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Posted on 07-06-2010 18:24
I recommend the exercises in Sigurd Rascher's 'Top Tones for Saxophone' - the first page is enough to keep most players going for a week or so, before you even get into the harmonics part.

If by 'clam up' you mean that the reed is closing off when you go for the screamer notes, you may need a harder reed. You could also try focussing your practice time on making your lower lip more horizontal (flatter) to even the pressure up on the reed. Kind of a frowny face with your lip out (not the 'classical' embouchure, I know!).

Post a little more detail and maybe we'll be able to narrow it down.

Cheers,

Nick
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Matthew Hines
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Posted on 07-07-2010 01:14
I used to have that trouble when i started on the tenor. Try raising your eyebrows and try to blow into the roof of your mouth and create less pressure on your bottom lip with the mouthpiece. That worked for me.

Good luck!smiley
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