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 reviews have been generally of tools except the saxophone, yet as a scholar at a Chautauqua summer time consultation, he got here less than the effect of Georges Barr?re, the eminent French flutist. He performed bass clarinet with the Detroit Symphony, yet he endured to be absorbed by way of the saxophone. due to his got services and transforming into recognition, he used to be appointed to a full-time school place as a saxophone instructor via the collage of Michigan -- the 1st ever to obtain such an appointment from an immense collage. in the course of his 21-year tenure, he attracted scholars from in all places, therefore exerting an ever widening effect on saxophone educating and performing.
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All mouthpieces should be wiped dry with a soft cloth after each use, both inside and out. They can be washed in soap and lukewarm water—never hot water—at regular intervals. Regular washing is important not only because of the obvious fact that an unclean mouthpiece is an excellent breeding ground for germs but also because a calcified sediment, which is almost impossible to remove, collects in the inside chamber and changes the inner dimensions. THE SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECE THE DESIGN Mouthpiece design is a matter for serious consideration, since its dimensions and shape have a definite effect on tone quality, pitch, volume, equality of registers, flexibility, and ease of playing.
A good instrument should pass all of the tests indicated here. CARE OF THE INSTRUMENT The saxophone requires no great amount of care, but the cultivation of a few daily habits, aimed at protecting it and keeping it clean, should be rigorously followed. When not in use, the instrument should be kept in the case. The mouthpiece and neck should be wrapped in separate small cloths of such size that they fit snugly into the accessories compartment of the case. It should be unnecessary to add that the instrument must be handled with great care, and that it can be severely damaged, even though it is in the case, if it is bumped or dropped.
This type of reed will feel hard to blow and should be balanced. It can be checked by turning the mouthpiece in the embouchure so that only one side of the reed will vibrate, then alternate to the other side. When both sides are nearly the same, but too stiff, then a general adjustment should begin. If one side of the reed blows harder, this should be balanced before carrying the adjustment further. A look at the tip in front of a strong light will indicate just where the thinning should begin.
Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal