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by Leigh812
(4 posts)
17 years ago

Martin questions

I'm a junior in highschool, and I have a Martin alto dated from around 1947 to 1953. I have a lot of trouble getting the palm key F out, and can't even get an F sharp. I've tried practicing overtones and such, but the high register is still causing me problems. Could this be my alto, or is it me? Any responses would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance

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  1. by definition
    (963 posts)

    17 years ago

    Re: Martin questions

    Have the sax checked to make sure it is properly regulated. Martins are nice horns, and I play a few of them. I have had no trouble playing in the altissimo register with them. (point of note, F#, and G are often notes people have trouble with in the altissimo range. A is actually easier to hit) Other than that, it really does just take practice, and proper air support and proper embrochure

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    1. by EL Seano
      (255 posts)

      17 years ago

      Re: Martin questions

      Hey man, just remember that the key to altissimo (i find) (and in addition to what definition said) is relaxation. Many people get tense when attempting altissimo, and this causes it to not come out. Relaaaax. Well actually don't relax your embouchure, but relax your throat and muscles in that general area. I relax these muscles and BAM! I have that altissimo G or whatever coming out and screamin! Good Luck! Sean

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