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by daragan
(2 posts)
8 years ago

Buzz?

Hey. I having problem with my sound. When i play alone you i can hear the buzzing of the saliva (or something) in my instrument. Of course when i play w/ the band yu can't hear it. It's more noticeable in the middle notes. Low and high notes aren't that bad. Is this b/c of the way i play, the reed or is it suppose to be like that? I've been playing for about 2 1/2 years. I use 2.5 reeds. Should i get harder reeds? Any suggestions? THX

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  1. by moonpioneer
    (17 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Buzz?

    the octave key controls a small pad on the neck.. this small pad can leak and cause a hollow airy sound and you lose some intensity and body. dont worry abou the reeds the only thing that could cause air is if its put on wrong or the lig. is in the wrong spot. you might have a leaky key some where with in the body as well. but ya trial and error

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  2. by saxs_make_it_happen
    (42 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Buzz?

    May be something loose on the horn but I'm jus puttin my 2 cents in im no expert lol. Anytime you here saliva ya gotta suck air in from the mouthpiece to get it out and that gets rid of that annoying problem....for the moment... lol. good luck.

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    1. by GzsKerqt
      (77 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Buzz?

      our band or rather our section claim the buzzing as saliva in the neck or the mouthpiece

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  3. by Sax_Shark
    (134 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Buzz?

    Harder reeds should help...some. It's also a matter of breath support. Make sure that when you play, you are blowing warm air throught the horn. Also, use you diaphram to push the air through the horn. To practice this, form your mouth as if you are hissing and try to blow for long lengths of time. Tense up you "abs" and blow from your diaphram, not you throat. > Deep breaths! I had this problem a few years ago as a freshman in high school. As my breath support developed, that buzz went away. Do some research on it if your band director doesn't have any more advice on the topic.

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    1. by daragan
      (2 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Buzz?

      Alright thx. I'll try better breathing and maybe get a new reed too...(mines cracked a little)

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      1. by saxjunkie89
        (393 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: Buzz?

        i think it's the saliva

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    2. by connsaxman_jim
      (2336 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Buzz?

      Drop the saxophone and run! Bees have made a nest in your bell! If you keep playing they might sting! Are you using Vandoren V16's? Try LaVoz mediums.

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      1. by highschoolsaxist
        (1 post)

        8 years ago

        Re: Buzz?

        I am having the same problem. I have no idea what to do. I notice it way more when I am playing concert music (opposed to pep band). I have Vandoren reeds. I use 3s should I try the LaVoz, a harder Vandoren or both.

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        1. by GzsKerqt
          (77 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Buzz?

          I think the best way to get rid of it is by trial and error

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