Instrument Questions


Can my thumb rest be moved or adjusted on my saxophone?

Saxophone Questions & Answers
Can my thumb rest be moved or adjusted on my saxophone? Most saxophones made today have an adjustable thumb rest that can be adjusted a little. The adjustment is usually back and forth and not up and down. A good repairman can move thumb rest on older instrument or sometime move the adjustable rest. The way to move thumb rest on saxophones requires the rest to be unsoldered and that always burns the lacquer and must be polished after the job. It is hard to match the lacquer but moving the thumb rest is so it will allow your hand to work better and not keep the saxophone ...

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How important is equipment to playing an instrument?

Questions from young people. Most of the questions I get are from young students.
How important is equipment to playing an instrument? Let’s talk about normal instrumentals and equipment. I believe the equipment is about 25% of the overall way a player plays and 75% is the player or artist. I once got a King Super 20 Alto and a Meyer mouthpiece and guess what… I never sounded like Cannonball.   Having the same equipment as a player you like might give you a small chance of sounding like them but it would not be a guarantee. We should have equipment that works for us and then we can develop our playing.   There are what we call ...

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When I tune my alto

  • Questions from young people. Most of the questions I get are from young students.
When I tune my alto to the middle concert B-flat or A my lower register is flat.. That would be right. When you tune to the middle G or F-Sharp on the alto those notes by nature are around 30 cents sharp. So if you tune to them the lower register will be flat. You should tune to the first finger B natural the most stable note on the alto, you lower register will be in tune and you learn to play the right hand middle register down a bit. There is no saxophone or wind instrument for that matter that will play in tune without some adjustment. I play in a community band and ...

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