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 Low notes on alto sax
Author: asb 
Date:   2019-04-17 19:33

I'm a clarinetist. I own an alto sax which I recently played for the first time in years. I have trouble playing the low notes (C and below) without overblowing and playing the notes an octave too high. Do other people have this problem? Do I have faulty technique, or a leaky horn?

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 Re: Low notes on alto sax
Author: fromsfca 2017
Date:   2019-06-01 15:28

Hard to say....it could be either.

Pads do deteriorate with age, or it could be out of adjustment, or the reed is too stiff, or the mouthpiece is too open, or your embouchure is too tight.

If an accomplished player can pop the notes....it’s you.

It may be worth visiting your local repairman to check the adjustment.

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