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A little bit about me that might help: I'm a graduate student in theory, and I have an undergraduate degree in music. I play jazz exclusively now, and I play in a band professionally in the New Orleans, LA through-Mobile, AL circuit (based in Mississippi for grad school rn) so I would consider myself a fairly advanced player in terms of developing my sound/style and theory/improv.
I took an exotic route to get to my music career (I was a biochemist for many years before returning to my true love) so I never had a professor/mentor take me through the basics of overtones. I'm at a point in my playing career now where I would love to incorporate some altissimo for added energy into my solos, but I feel very.... stuck.
I've been working on overtone matching over the past year, but I can't seem to get past the second octave (so when I work on overtones on low b flat through d, I can get the first octave, then the fifth, and the next octave reliably) but I haven't been able to progress beyond that and it's really discouraging.
How did those of you that have been successful in overtone studies/altissimo learn to do it? What did you practice and how long did it take you to progress?
I know there's no quick fix or single, right way to do it. I'm just trying to see what else I can incorporate into my practice routine to help me get there.
So I recently purchased a soprano saxophone from Thomann, but the package came completely torn!!!(definitely the carriers fault, won't shade thomann) I'm worried it might have damaged the instrument, even tho visually I can't see any flaws. I'm a relatively new player and I started on tenor, so it's hard for me to point out what's right or wrong, if anything is. One thing I've noticed is that the lower region of notes tend to come out wobbly, not a whole long stable note, and I didn't experience this on tenor. So I'm wondering if that's just me, being horrible at playing, or a component could be bent or be leaking? I'm just trying to make sure the instrument is as it should be, before I exclude the option of returning or writing a complaint to my lovely local carrier. Help!
I've been playing the sax for about 4 years now and think it is time for an upgrade from my ancient Bundy ll sax. Should I look into a Yamaha 580AL or a cannonball sceptyr? Or should I look into a used professional sax? I will be playing mostly jazz with this horn. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!