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by RoYrOy
(51 posts)
9 years ago

Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

Hey, I was just wondering all you sax players opinion on something. First of all, does it help to try to keep your fingers on the keys to economize movement and be faster? Second, I've noticed that keeping my fingers on the keys, it's easyer for me to go down a scale controled than to go up, my fingers feel lost going up. Suggestions? Third, I'm a big guy, don't know if it matters, but to play from high D to F# I have to change my left hand's position, tilt it up a bit to get to those palm keys, normal? or me messing up?

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  1. by kneejerk52
    (397 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

    you might be able to get a tech. to adjust the how high the keys are by bending them. but i wouldn't try it myself. he might have to heat it or something. as far as fingers on the keys, whatever is comfortable and works for you.

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    1. by chiamac
      (586 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

      they make pad risers... better doing that then messing around with the keys.

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      1. by peter090
        (155 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

        You can purchase risers or make them out of cork. I suppose if you were worried about the glue on the finish and the purchased slip on risers are too low you could glue cork to them. That way you could customize the height and have them easly removable. As far as keeping your fingers on (or very near) the keys, yes by all means. Do technical studies slowly enough so that you CAN do this. Too often all people work on is speed. The idea is to improve your technique so that you can increase speed. Not to simple increase the rate at which you can perform with bad technique.

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        1. by RoYrOy
          (51 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

          Thanks peter090 and the rest of u ppl! Hey is it possible to have a good technique fast and a poor technique slow, today I was jamming with some friends and I could really ripp fast, the only problem I have is tonguing fast.

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        2. by peter090
          (155 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Finger position Technique->Economizing Movement

          It is possible but not likely. I think the best thing I can say is to repeat that if you practice slowly enough to make sure you are using good technique your speed will increase. Playing fast is only part of the goal. Coordination of the tongue. Having each note speak clearly. Being able to play anything quickly rather than things that are familiar under your fingers. Always maintaining a good sound. These are all aspects of good technique.

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