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    Re: Rarely Used Alto Saxophone Keys

    Larry Teal started out as a dentist before becoming the father of American saxophone pedagogy, and mentioned the likelihood of permanent injury to nerves (some vital to saxophone playing) with...
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    Re: keeping cane reeds flat

    What I do is:

    1. use a Rico humidity control case to dampen down the moisture fluctuations.

    2. play the new reed 10 minutes, THEN flatten the backside (don't overdo, better to leave a little...
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    Todd's Perfecta-Reed Review (long)

    Having read Ray Reed's book on The Advanced Art of Single Reed Adjustment and tried to make the devices shown, and having been frustrated by my own mechanical skills in the matter, I gave in and...
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    Re: Whats your Alto Setup?

    as of last week:

    Selmer 62JA, Selmer Soloist C** mouthpiece, Vandoren #3 reed, Theo Wayne Enlightened ligature with copper plate.

    Backup and spares: still have Cannonball (can't remember the...
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    Re: Piece with community band

    My community band has played the following in recent years, any of which could be suitable: Reed's Ballade, Frank Tichelli's Amazing Grace (beautiful piece---band must have good dynamic range--about...
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    Re: Top 5 most useful saxophone gear purchases

    Tuning CD

    Ferling's 48 studies

    Francois Louis ligature (I haven't tried all the different types, but this gives a better sound than the leather one that came with sax)

    Larry Teal's The Art...
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    Re: How do you develop Fast Finger Chops?

    I'm an amateur who plays fairly fast (at least in main 2-octave range from c to c, in keys w/o too many sharps and flats--my B and F# major scales slow down for me, esp. around the lowest and highest...
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    Re: Solo and Ensomble

    You mentioned two Beethoven--I recall playing in high school, on Bari (but not for solo and ensemble) the 2nd movement (Adagio) from the Sonata Pathetique, for Bari Sax and Piano. Not very hard...
  9. Re: the people you have to deal with sometimes... (A Rant)

    just as a note--intelligence (IQ anyway) is roughly normally distributed, so the mean and median are (to a pretty good approximation) the same, so half the people ARE dumber than average. Makes me...
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    Re: Does LIGATURE really matter?

    Scotch Tape works (yeah, problem before a concert forced that test).
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    Re: Oboe reed pitch

    A pro oboe player who sits in front of me says you want the multiphonic sound when playing just the reed, and not a single tone, to confirm Graysax.
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    Re: SOTW new member introductions Q4 2008

    Hello, I'm Todd Vance of Bowie, MD, suburb of DC, and consider myself an advanced amateur saxophone player. My saxophone experience is bari sax in high school marching/concert band and Shenandoah...
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