Good Tenor Sax Techniques

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There are tenor sax techniques and then there are good tenor sax techniques. Learn about good tenor sax techniques with help from a saxophonist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

My name is Mike Eyia. I am a freelance tenor saxophonist and in Los Angeles I do a lot of work on the road, in the studio, and live here in clubs in LA. Today we're going to talk about good tenor sax techniques. One good technique is to play long tones. Long tones are something that you use to develop your sound. You want to have a beautiful sound on the sax, the way that you practice long tones is by basically playing a note and holding it and listening to your sound, making sure that you have a nice, even beautiful tone. So we're going to start with a G. This is a middle G on the sax. I'm sorry a low G on the sax. We're going to play a long tone. I'm going to demonstrate how you would practice this. So again you're striving for a nice, beautiful sound. Another technique is to play overtones. Overtones are the different notes that you're able to get to come out from fingering one note. In this case we're going to play a low B flat and I'm going to demonstrate all the overtones you can get from a low B flat. Those are overtones. Another good tenor sax technique is to practice your scales. I'll play a C major scale right for you right now to demonstrate. And of course there are a lot of other scales you can play also. So my name is Mike Eyia, and those are good tenor sax techniques.


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