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Saxophone Secrets


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Preface 1 Saxophones, Mouthpieces, and Equipment Strategies Secret 1: Selecting a Saxophone Secret 2: Selecting a Classical Saxophone Mouthpiece Secret 3: Selecting a Jazz Saxophone Mouthpiece Secret 4: Customizing a Saxophone Mouthpiece Secret 5: Mouthpiece Cushions Secret 6: Selecting a Saxophone Ligature Secret 7: Palm Key Risers Secret 8: Selecting a Saxophone Neck Strap 2 Reed Strategies Secret 9: Selecting Reeds Secret 10: Breaking in Reeds Secret 11: Adjusting Reeds Secret 12: The Reed Sealing Test Secret 13: Reed Storage Secret 14: Rotating Reeds Secret 15: Reviving Dead Reeds 3 Embouchure Strategies Secret 16: Forming a Correct Embouchure Secret 17: Determining Proper Embouchure Pressure Secret 18: Determining Proper Mouthpiece Placement Secret 19: Causes of a Sore Lip Secret 20: Making a Temporary Cover for the Lower Teeth Secret 21: Making a Permanent Cover for the Lower Teeth 4 Tone Strategies Secret 22: Breathing Exercises Secret 23: Finding the Optimum Tongue Position Secret 24: Playing with an Open Throat Secret 25: Developing Throat Flexibility Secret 26: Overtone Exercise for Improving Tone Secret 27: Developing Vibrato 5 Articulation Strategies Secret 28: Chromatic Tonguing Exercise Secret 29: Double and Triple Tonguing Secret 30: The Bouncing Tongue Exercise 6 Finger Technique Strategies Secret 31: Chromatic Alternate Fingerings Secret 32: Alternate B_ Fingerings Secret 33: Holding Down the Pinky Fingers Secret 34: Forked E and F Secret 35: Developing Finger Speed Secret 36: Using the Metronome 7 Altissimo Strategies Secret 37: Overtone Exercise for Developing the Altissimo Register Secret 38: Altissimo Technique Fingerings Secret 39: Altissimo Finger Exercises 8 Extended Technique Strategies Secret 40: Circular Breathing Secret 41: Slap Tonguing Secret 42: Flutter Tonguing Secret 43: Multiphonics 9 Jazz Techniques Secret 44: The Straight Lip Embouchure Secret 45: Sub-Toning Secret 46: Swinging Secret 47: Back-Accent Tonguing Secret 48: Half Tonguing Secret 49: Ghosted Notes Secret 50: Growling Secret 51: Split Tones Secret 52: The Texas Wobble Secret 53: The Cannonball Trill Secret 55: Overtone Fingerings for Timbre Changes Secret 56: Using the Metronome in a Jazz Swing Style 10 Traveling Strategies Secret 57: Saxophone Gig Bags and Cases Secret 58: Items to Keep in the Saxophone Case Secret 59: Boarding Flights with a Saxophone Secret 60: Practice and Performance Tips Index About the Author

About the Author

Dr. Tracy Lee Heavner is professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of South Alabama. He is a performing artist for Yamaha, Cannonball and Beechler Music Corporations, a recording artist for, and also an accomplished author and music education researcher.


This book would be ideal for adult students returning to saxophone or beginning from scratch, as it covers absolutely everything from purchasing an instrument to embouchure to extended techniques. I would also recommend it for any instrumental teachers picking up saxophone as a second, third or fourth instrument or woodwind doublers, as it could be a great trouble-shooting guide for saxophone specific techniques. -- Fiona McKellar, CLASAX Vice President

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