There is a lot of information, insights and thoughts about playing soprano saxophone here. There are no “lessons”, just information and opinions that have been forged over a long time. You’ll find information on horns, mouthpiece styles, reed choice, intonation, bores, curved and semi-curved necks, players, recordings and sometimes some real treasures that come my way. I will share them here whenever I can. So, come back once in a while. Sometimes the information might be the same but the “change” has occured in you. It happens, thankfully and we grow.

 

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In Case You Haven’t Heard

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There is a world of fabulous and interesting soprano saxophonists, and it is always a good idea to “open your ears” to as many as you can. It’s not about “liking” or “not liking” the music; it is about considering a different sound, a different approach, a different aesthetic. It’s … Read More

Intonation on Soprano

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Many players make all kinds of claims about the supposedly “inherent” intonation issues of the soprano sax and pronounce that it is somehow much harder to master than alto, tenor or baritone. They really believe it, but it isn’t true. Why do they believe it? Because their experience with soprano … Read More

Let’s Talk Tone

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  Specifically, how much specific control can a player get for creating tonal variation in their soprano sound? The flip side of that question is this: how much of the tone achieved by a player is dependent on his equipment (mouthpiece, reed, horn)? The answer to the first question is … Read More

Missing Link in Action

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French saxophonist Jean Yves Auchere plays his large tipped Missing Link on his Rampone & Cazzani saxello with a deep, rich, dark sound full of texture and warmth. Each Missing Link I make is made specifically for the individual player, the conception he or she has, and is made to … Read More

Reed Placement & Ligature Placement on Soprano

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I’m writing this because I have noticed how many players, whether beginners or long-time players, do not seem to know about these subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle aspects of getting the sound and response they are seeking. REED PLACEMENT Where you align the tip of the reed on your mouthpiece can … Read More

Reeds & Mouthpieces Part 1

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It’s an old story- cane reeds are the bane of many saxophone players. They are, by most accounts, “inconsistent”, “unreliable”, “problematic”, and, then, “just right”. That’s the same brand, same grade, same box even! I believe what I’m talking about here applies to all saxophones but I know it applies … Read More

Reeds & Mouthpieces Part 2

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So, how can one “magic” reed work where dozens from the same box have been complete duds? Well, the fact is that the “magic” reed is truly the “inconsistent” one and the rest were quite consistent. The problem, my friends, is not in your reeds but in your mouthpiece. That … Read More

Reeds for Soprano

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Unless you’re new to playing saxophone, you already know that finding the right brand and strength of reed can be a tough and frustrating job. For soprano saxophone, I think it’s one of the most important things a player has to accomplish because it sets things up for the “real … Read More

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