Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal

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By Larry Teal

According to Larry Teal, the simplest approach to studying to play the saxophone is to review with a reliable instructor. Teal's reports have been usually of tools except the saxophone, yet as a pupil at a Chautauqua summer season consultation, he got here lower than the impression of Georges Barr?re, the eminent French flutist. He performed bass clarinet with the Detroit Symphony, yet he persevered to be absorbed by means of the saxophone. due to his bought services and turning out to be attractiveness, he was once appointed to a full-time college place as a saxophone instructor by way of the college of Michigan -- the 1st ever to obtain such an appointment from a tremendous college. in the course of his 21-year tenure, he attracted scholars from in all places, therefore exerting an ever widening impression on saxophone instructing and performing.


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The mouthpiece cap should always be kept on when not playing even though the instrument is going to be used again soon. This habit should be developed from the first day of saxophone study. ADJUSTING THE REED It is useless to spend time adjusting a reed if the cane has not been properly matured, and the following simple tests can save considerable effort in this respect: Press the thumb nail into the stock of the reed. If it resists altogether, the cane is old and overcured. If it feels soft and marks easily, it is still green.

It is quite inexpensive, and uniform quality is assured if it is purchased from a wind instrument supply house. 5. Number 8-0 Sandpaper. A few sheets will last a long time. 6. A single-edged razor blade. 7. Fingernail emery boards. If a reed is reasonably playable, the finer balancing and adjusting should be postponed until the cane has gone through a “breaking-in” period. Cane changes its character rapidly when first used, and an adjustment made before it is properly broken in may be difficult to correct later.

The tip of the reed now returns to the mouthpiece in a series of short spurts, and the fundamental cycle is complete. ”1 This scientific evidence of the reed’s action is a major contribution to both our general knowledge and to the methods of procedure in fitting and shaping the reed to the mouthpiece. The importance of these findings lies in the fact that the reed must close along the facing as well as the tip of the mouthpiece, and that both sides must seal simultaneously. This explains the need for “balancing” the reed along the curve of the facing, so that the reed will curl around the facing with a sealing effect.

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