In this video I address several ways of focusing on accurate pitch, including different practice techniques, the pros and cons of digital tuners (hint: develop and trust your ears, not your eyes), how professional jazz saxophonists setup differently from beginners, tuning overtones, voicing and air flow, and what part reed strength plays.
What should you do when you feel like your sound isn’t projecting the way you wish it would? Change mouthpieces? Reed strengths? Both? Here are some practices I use to develop a big sound—at any volume.
Using middle D to address tone quality (and avoid “high school” tone).
Doing this exercise for 10 mins each time you practice will have a radically positive impact on your sound, intonation and overall facility on the horn.
A few suggestions for getting past these common issues.
Practice getting comfortable with a medium tempo swing feel while simultaneously improving your tone quality.
What Joe Henderson can teach you about getting that warm, breathy tone up top.
Strengthen your embouchure, focus your tone, and improve your intonation…without touching the horn.
Another “kill two birds with one stone” practice strategy. Great way to work on tone while also memorizing a new melody.
How to make those palm keys speak as naturally as the middle range of your horn
Practicing soft can do amazing things for your tone and intonation. In this video I’ll show you exactly what I mean.
Want a full-range subtone that sounds like Stan Getz? Try this technique.
I’ll show you how I use mini grace notes, lack of vibrato, direct-attack (vs. bending), pre-hearing intervals, and more, to get a polished sound.
These are the gateway not only to a great tone, but the altissimo range, as well.