Are you getting back into saxophone?
Working on low notes on sax in your warm up will help you get your chops back into shape super-quick.
Whether you play alto or tenor saxophone, soprano or baritone, this exercise will help you get a great sound on your low notes.
My low notes on sax warm up
When I’m coming back to my sax after a break, here’s the first thing that I work on all the time.
I start with my low B flat.
Now, must of us sax players are scared of playing the low B flat. But we need to embrace it.
What I try and work on is getting that low B flat nice and full, and playing the note as long as I can.
I use my tuner on my iPad (but you can use your favourite tuner app on your smart phone too).
I try to keep everything really round, and try to get a lovely long sound on that low B flat. It’s important to control your volume too, so make sure your sound is not too loud.
Tips for great sounding low notes on sax
Try this to get the most from this simple saxophone low note warm up.
- Keep your throat open (think of how it feels when you yawn)
- Try to form a round shape with your embouchure (mouth muscles)
- Keep your breathing going – support your breath from your abdomen
- Go for the longest, most even sound you can play.
- Keep working on this with every practice session until you can play a long, controlled and even low note on sax.
If you enjoyed this warm up, try these long tone exercises to really give your embouchure a workout!
If you’re brand new to saxophone, find everything you need to know about getting the basics right, and get started with your first notes here.
Get more tips on how to use your tuning app in your saxophone practice here.
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