in the 1st video the D sounded bad but the C was acceptable, in the 2nd video the D sounded ok, but the C broke up. Reading Music in Compound Time – 6/8, 12/8, Saxophone Ear Training using the Pentatonic Major Scale, What a Wonderful World – Duet with my Granddaughter, This topic has 9 replies, 4 voices, and was last updated. I played yesterday and everything worked fine. in the 1st video the E sounded bad but the D was acceptable, in the 2nd video the E sounded ok, but the D broke up. I am a pure beginner. with the embouchure, do the following steps. For a summary: I play the alto sax and can't play my low C, which I need to play a lot for my concert. Is this cose my mouthpiece and reed (original some chinese) ? 7 when you can play the A Key try the mid C Key NO BITING, 8 Don’t start on another note until you can play the previous one properly for a count of 4 with NO BITING, It took me several weeks to play a note for a count of 4 (so be put off if you run out of air for any note). Also, how do you check for leaking pads? Like i say i had exactly the same problem when i first started playing, it had nothing to do with the pads, i think my problem was embouchure related! 6 once you can play a B key properly for a count of 4 WITH NO BITING And they tend to be a bit harder on tenor compared to alto. i received my alto sax and now starting to practice scale (basic one). If you have more or less the same problem from low C (even low D) and below, try to blow more steady. Make sure your mouth is loose, not tight, you may want to put your mouth further down on the mouthpiece, or further up. When I'm warming up, I can play them a little bit, but when we go to play, I can't hit them! And I sent my sax in for some key trouble a month ago and got it cleaned and they worked, but on spring break I was unable to play. Still have questions? How can I fix this? Hi Greg – Does the D always make that noise everytime if you just play the D on its own? When you press the low C, look and be sure its fully closing like it should. I usually have my band director check but you can tell if you have a leaking pad, I just have someone hold my sax and finger the notes while I check it. Like Johnny F. said in pdf file? like going from the higher C all the way down through the notes to the low C? Also, make sure you've tried a few reeds as they come and go, one day a reed is good, the next day it's dire and a day later and wow - it's back again! (i once bent a pad slightly by knocking it, you can easily bend them with your fingers). If it comes out fine like that then it is your embouchre... or maybe the reed... Low C's are hard to get out period, you may be breathing too hard, when your actually playing the music its different then just playing a single note, especially if you have to slur from a high note to a low note. Actually, this problem happens a lot. Description: 1 To play a low D flat and/or C sharp, using your LEFT hand, place your three main fingers on the top three main keys of your saxophone, plus all three fingers on your right hand. Like Johnny F. said in pdf file? 4 DO NOT BITE Lack of air immediately leads to weak sounds like those you recorded. I can play a low C, Low B, Low Bflat, everything on that "key-square" thing except my low C#. Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. It worked but for some reason now it won't. 5 now blow like in step 1, playing a mid B key! Something that many of us have to work on. Tryed another one, mayby you can see here : Wow – find the pad that moves when you press the Low C key, and look round all the edges of the pad and see if all the edges are closing the gap AT the same time. Is your emboucher correct? I've changed my reeds a lot and they still don't work and I have a very good embouchure so its not that either. The other thing i forgot to mention, when you buy a box of reeds say size 1, when you try them out, some will be slightly harder to play, and some will be ok, you might get one or two good reeds in a box of 10 reeds – so don’t let that put you off! Is it worth to invest on start in to SELMER S80 C* ? Hello all, I was looking to see when you played the C, if you were lifting any of your other fingers slightly off the keys, or if one of your fingers was touching another pad when you played the C. I can’t really tell, unless you play the C first on its own several times, to rule out loss of air support. I notice when i get from low D to low C i get strange tone and sometimes it change to high sound. I had to try them a lot to get them to come out. There are actually THREE D flat and/or C sharp notes on alto saxophone. Get your answers by asking now. › Low C problem. Still have the problem? I think that if this is not the case you should get your sax checked out or maybe ask a teacher to assess your playing and get some advice. It sounds really bad. Other than that you sound like you are blowing overtones on the lower keys (hopefully you aren’t touching the octave key behind the neck). then go down to a A key © 2020 How To Play Saxophone. Hello, sounds to me like you have a leaky pad down there. Also, how do you check for leaking pads? want to make a donation? When I try to play it i comes out as a low C. I have no time to take it in to the shop before I need it again for school. I was biting too hard on the mouthpiece and i’m sure it happened when i was running out of breath, slurring down the scale like you did. i received my alto sax and now starting to practice scale (basic one). Also when you put the reed on, the tip of the reed should be level with the tip of the mouthpiece, when you press the tip of the reed down onto the mouthpiece (JF says to leave a hairs width below the mouthpiece tip, i level mine with the tip). Appreciate this site and It might be your mouthpiece.... try someone elses and see if that helps. When i first started playing i sometimes used to make the same noise low down when i was running out of air, but it didn’t do it if i played the note on its own. For a summary: I play the alto sax and can't play my low C, which I need to play a lot for my concert. I checked pads and are ok to me. Welcome to the crap world of reeds! I had that same problem, needed to have it adjusted. Can you blow and sound the lower B and Bb (i.e. Your mouthpiece on a friends sax, that way you can discount as mentioned above your embouchure, your mouthpiece and just you doing something silly with your fingering. My response: Hello Barrie, Great question. 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