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by Saxon
(100 posts)
10 years ago

mouthpiece for note bending?

I have a 1935 Conn alto, which has only 1 fault. top note F. i would like to get F# anyone know if a mouthpiece can allow note bends? i currently use a ymaha 5C and it doesnt bend enough. advice appreciated! Saxon

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  1. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

    You can bend a note up to some extent, but you should look into altissimo fingerings to achieve F# and above.

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    1. by Saxon
      (100 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

      Sorry but, I'm self taught, living in China where information is hard to find. Can you please enlighten me on altissimo fingering?

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      1. by connsaxman_jim
        (2336 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

        I'm sorry, but that is information that I am not at liberty to share with the Chinese, or my American jazz friends would have me hung for treason!

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        1. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          I'm just kidding. Your best bet would be to look online in search of an altissimo fingering chart. This is just one of those things that has to be shown, and there are websites with fingering charts that could explain it much better than I could.

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        2. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          Try top front F and lefthand C then add low F righthand. Dave

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        3. by Saxon
          (100 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          Thanks Dave But I only managed a nice F Just for the record I am an Anglo -Saxon Steve.

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        4. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          Try adding the side Bb with or without the low F , together should give you high G Dave

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        5. by Saxon
          (100 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          Tried the side Bb with front F and C but couldn't get it. I could hear a harmonic undertone amongst the squeaking but... Maybe I have a small air leak or something that prevents a clean note??? Steve

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        6. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          With a 5c mpc you may need a bit heavier reed or a slightly wider tip mpc Dave

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        7. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          With a 5c mpc you may need a bit heavier reed or a slightly wider tip mpc Dave

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        8. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          With a 5c mpc you may need a bit heavier reed or a slightly wider tip mpc Dave

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        9. by ebert
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          The fingering I use for F# when i dont' use my high f# key is: bkey, gkey, lower fkey, ebkey, and try it also with the dkey added. Different horns are able to use different fingerings, and you just need to experiment with this one and others that u find to figure out which one comes out the easiest. Try playing up into the note instead of going for it at the start. This will get your throut in the right position and will make it easier. Good luck

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        10. by ebert
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          The fingering I use for F# when i dont' use my high f# key is: bkey, gkey, lower fkey, ebkey, and try it also with the dkey added. Different horns are able to use different fingerings, and you just need to experiment with this one and others that u find to figure out which one comes out the easiest. Try playing up into the note instead of going for it at the start. This will get your throut in the right position and will make it easier. Good luck

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        11. by ebert
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          The fingering I use for F# when i dont' use my high f# key is: bkey, gkey, lower fkey, ebkey, and try it also with the dkey added. Different horns are able to use different fingerings, and you just need to experiment with this one and others that u find to figure out which one comes out the easiest. Try playing up into the note instead of going for it at the start. This will get your throut in the right position and will make it easier. Good luck

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        12. by ebert
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          sorry for the multiple posts- I thought my browser was not working :)

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        13. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          I had that problem as well!!! Dave

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        14. by Saxon
          (100 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: mouthpiece for note bending?

          Thanks guys I'll try your sugestion next Ebert? I actualy got an F# trying Dave's method again with a different reed and I found pushing my lower lip further down the mpc did the trick. It's not very reliable tho but I guess that's why we practice!

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