December 16, 2016 at 5:24 am #45026
I”m finding that my alto plays very flat when it’s cold in the room. Is there a safe way to warm up the sax in addition to blowing into
it before playing ? After I’ve played for awhile it seems to lose the “flatness”, but I need the sax to play in tune immediately for a concert
coming up.December 16, 2016 at 6:46 am #45027
Just push your mouthpiece in further till it gets warmer,
I have not heard a good sax busker playing in the cold
bad weather sounding flat. Don’t forget that metal will shrink
in the cold, so it would sound flatter IMO.December 16, 2016 at 6:59 am #45031
i’ve only played in two orchestra concerts, and the general idea is you turn up an hour before, take out your instrument straight away, so it comes up to room temperature, and then start tuning up 15 mins before starting like everyone else, with the conductor.
If i am going for a sax lesson, which is 5 mins away in the car, i warm up/tune up the sax before i leave my house. What i do is leave the mouthpiece on the neck, with the reed on the mouthpiece in the case and cover it with a cloth.
So when i setup the sax in the lesson i can play straight away.December 17, 2016 at 1:33 am #45061
re. Warming up the sax
Have you tried some of this on your sax?December 17, 2016 at 7:20 am #45069
And if you like it extra hot!December 17, 2016 at 9:00 am #45083
Mindi does a good job. I also liked the Phil Collins Big Band video that comes up at the end of her video.
MelDecember 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm #45136
Nice catch Mel.
I hadn’t watched that video before. Excellent timing hey?
Great solos and a very clean and crisp sound from Phil’s band!
The chap in the striped suit performs a good example of circular breathing on the black lacquer Tenor.December 21, 2016 at 6:34 am #45315
Some more Haute sauce about 5 minutes in.January 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm #45934
Man, Mindi has an unreal alto tone. If you are into circular breathing check out Lenny Picket playing Sunday Driver with Richard Tee. WHOAH !!
Ever played with Lenny , Johnny ?
Oh yeah….A slightly belated but Happy New Year to you all. Hard Blowin, and focused.
Best…jakJanuary 4, 2017 at 5:10 am #45971
true re flat in cold; I keep/play my horns in my big finished basement, which here in colorado in winter is around 68 degrees… good tip re just pushing mp in more than usual, at least the first 30 minutes of practice, otherwise I’m nearly 1/2 step flat (really stands out when using backing tracks) … I always use a snark tuner clipped to music stand to check intonation, a Big help
https://www.amazon.com/Snark-ST-2-Multi-Instrument-Chromatic-Tuner/dp/B01H62TQ68/January 7, 2017 at 5:45 am #46122
I think the drop in tone has more to do with the temperature of the air column within the sax. The speed of sound varies from substance to substance: sound travels most slowly in gases; it travels faster in liquids; and faster still in solids. The higher the density of the medium, the faster the sound travels. Colder air is more dense so the sound travels faster, extending the reed’s wavelength of oscillation, thus lowering its frequency. Just like the siren on a moving vehicle, the faster the vehicle travels away, the lower the siren’s perceived frequency becomes.
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