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by Bojangles
(1 post)
9 years ago

How to play chords on the sax

I've been reading alot and i've read several messages that you can actually play chords on the sax i would really like to find out how to play them. can anyone help?

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  1. by Bleeding_Gums_Murphy
    (55 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: How to play chords on the sax

    Nope, you can't play chords on a sax. Sorry. You probably misunderstood what the person was trying to say. You can play different tones from a chord, ex: D7 chord=D F# A C.

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    1. by mojocoggo
      (97 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: How to play chords on the sax

      Unless you're talking about multiphonics.... Not exactly chords but it's more than one note at once...

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    2. by definition
      (963 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: How to play chords on the sax

      Practice your overtones series. I can sometimes get thirds out that way on one horn. Sorry Murph, I win on this one. **Disclaimer** do not tell parents who told you to practice overtones, no one wants to hear anyone working on those, without some earplugs, and a few shots of liquor to dull them from the sound lol but it sounds great when you can do them

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      1. by afterglows_fanson
        (18 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: How to play chords on the sax

        anyone wanna email me on how to practice overtones? My former teacher taught me a couple, but i never concentrated on them, so I forgot. afterglows_fanson@hotmail.com

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        1. by Bleeding_Gums_Murphy
          (55 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: How to play chords on the sax

          Overtones are cool, and they help a lot with altissimo (discovered them about a week ago). I wasn't sure what exactly Bo was talking about; because he said chords i was thinking of chord symbols and all of that.

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        2. by definition
          (963 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: How to play chords on the sax

          get rasher's top tones book, best tool for overtones I have found

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        3. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: How to play chords on the sax

          Use a Digitech vocal harmonizer. ;) You can't really play chords on a sax. Harmonic overtones and undertones, yes, but those are not really chords. Someone is pulling your leg!

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      2. by Sonny_Rollins
        (18 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: How to play chords on the sax

        chords on a sax? wow....you're an idiot.

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        1. by definition
          (963 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: How to play chords on the sax

          Come on Jim, you're gonna ruin the fun!!! You should still work on the overtone series though. Its the closest thing to chords you can get

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