P Mauriat
Antigua Winds
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

  1. #1

    Exclamation Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    I need help on playing the low g especially and a on the tenor sax, like fingerings and how you play it to make it work, etc. I'm in a rush....[Impnt]

  2. #2

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    G: L123
    A: L12

    Those are the basic fingerings. What do you need?

  3. #3
    Forum Contributor 2011
    SOTW's pedantic pet rodent
    RootyTootoot's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Castle Rooty. UK.
    Posts
    8,317

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Chunsoo View Post
    I need help on playing the low g especially and a on the tenor sax, like fingerings and how you play it to make it work, etc. I'm in a rush....[Impnt]
    Umm..

    XXX 000
    XX0 000.

    Actually your question seems a little bizarre if you can play at least some other notes, your sax is in working order and you have a fingering chart..
    "The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions."

  4. #4
    cjmdsax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    562

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    If you're talking about the ones below then forget it.

  5. #5
    Forum Contributor 2013
    Distinguished SOTW Member
    SactoPete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    3,267

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    I'm going to guess you mean Low G and A below the staff. Low A you can get pretty easily by twisting your left knee into the bell of the horn. It's awkward, but it works. If you have the posterior of a female singer handy, that works quite well, too.

    Low G I've never attempted to get, but I suppose for that you'd need to build an extension to the bell that you can pop in... Maybe a Big Gulp could be adapted to work, or something similar.

    But really, why?

    Pete
    Disclaimer: My opinions are not based in any way on research, knowledge, experience, talent, insight, facts, or in some cases reality. Take any advice I offer at your own risk.

    A few of Pete's recordings: Check it Out!

  6. #6
    Distinguished SOTW Member
    Forum Contributor 2013
    Enviroguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    5,481

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    To play the low A below the staff, play a low Bb and lip it down. It sometimes helps to cover the bell with your left leg. I told my son about it and he can do this pretty well on his YTS62II.

    As far as G below the scale goes, I have no clue but I do know that would be some serious lipping.
    Good Luck,

    Enviroguy
    _____________________________________________
    Buescher 400 Tenor, Pre-War Big-B Aristocrat Tenor, True Tone Alto, Conn New Wonder Bari, Antigua 590 Soprano

  7. #7
    cjmdsax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    562

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    That's why I said "forget it"

  8. #8
    Forum Contributor 2014 Pete Thomas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Sunny Southampton, UK
    Posts
    18,719

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Chunsoo View Post
    I need help on playing the low g especially and a on the tenor sax, like fingerings and how you play it to make it work, etc. I'm in a rush....[Impnt]
    Have you considered asking a question politely?

    To be honest, you didn't even ask a question, just made a statement and expected people to rush to your aid. There are better ways of finding answers.

  9. #9
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2009 warp x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Amsterdam
    Posts
    5,090

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahaaltoplayer View Post
    G: L123
    A: L12

    Those are the basic fingerings. What do you need?

    He needs a baritone.

  10. #10

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Or a low G extension of some sort... if he wants low G below low Bb.

  11. #11
    Distinguished SOTW Member Jazz Is All's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Espain n' duh Youesay
    Posts
    13,628

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by SactoPete View Post
    Low A you can get pretty easily by twisting your left knee into the bell of the horn. It's awkward, but it works. If you have the posterior of a female singer handy, that works quite well, too.
    ...or of a drunken female customer, in Marty's case.

    Quote Originally Posted by SactoPete View Post
    Low G I've never attempted to get, but I suppose for that you'd need to build an extension to the bell that you can pop in... Maybe a Big Gulp could be adapted to work, or something similar.
    Too bad they don't have spitoons in bars anymore...he could cut out the bottom of one and sit it on top of the bell. It'd go great with a vintage horn too.
    Music is a magic elixir. It renews the spirit and fills the soul with joy -- Jazz Is All
    "It's all about the spirit. The body will be gone in a blink, but the spirit never dies. That is jazz." -- Sonny Rollins
    ParkerColtraneMcLeanRollinsGordonGriffinHendersonErvinDolphyKirkLacyHandySheppMarianoSandersG.AdamsBergSpauldingShorter

  12. #12
    Prodigal Son and Forum Contributor 2008 martysax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Boston (pronounced: Bahsten), Massachusetts
    Posts
    10,680

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Is All View Post
    ...or of a drunken female customer, in Marty's case.
    I've been given more compliments for the wireless mic I use in those situations. A short skirt works best. Check the local laws. Familiarize yourself with parking lot exits as well.
    Just two questions: Where's the Bar located relative to the stage, and does the band get a discount?

    Songs I recorded with The Cyclones

    Check out my new informative site!

  13. #13

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    sorry about that, i was in a rush because i had a full band rehearsal and i had a few min to get there and the walk is like 3 min
    i knew already about putting your leg in the sax for the low A but i thought there was an alternative for that, so like its below the staff line, so i was asking about the low G because its in a song im trying to play so yeah..

  14. #14

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Unfortunately, there seems to be a proliferation of pseudo-arrangers that have purchased music software, and mistakenly believe this circumvents the prerequisite for actually knowing music theory and arranging techniques. The result is that they are cranking out charts that consistently have an A below the staff for tenor (I haven't seen G yet, but I am not surprised). I must warn you that pointing this out to such novice arrangers is done so at your own peril.

  15. #15
    Distinguished SOTW Member/Forum Contributor 2008 bfahle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    793

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    The only way I play a G below the staff, is if I'm reading concert-pitched music (in which case I can sort of play a low A). Maybe they mistake the tenor for a trumpet, since they are the same key? Trumpet written range is down to F# below the staff. (but of course they play an octave higher than the Tenor, which plays a ninth lower concert pitch than what is written).
    Cannonball "Vintage" Pete Christlieb Tenor
    Pierret Oxford Tenor
    Cannonball Global Soprano

  16. #16
    Distinguished SOTW Member Bebopalot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    San Francisco and Eastern Wa.
    Posts
    2,674

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Have you considered asking a question politely?

    To be honest, you didn't even ask a question, just made a statement and expected people to rush to your aid. There are better ways of finding answers.
    My exact reaction when I read the post.

    Knowing why and how long a note would help because there are other ways of getting around having to play a written low G or A.

  17. #17
    SOTW Administrator hakukani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    big island Hawaii
    Posts
    23,525

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    ...or they think a tenor has the same range as a bass clarinet.

    It's better to just take them up an octave than to resort to 'tricks' IMO.
    Sound guy theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- 3dB)
    Sax player theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- .010" at the tip)
    "Free jazz is the vegemite of the musical world. It's an acquired taste."-J. Jacques

  18. #18
    Distinguished SOTW Member/SOTW Columnist Joey the Saint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    359

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor



    Low A

    The leather pants help but are not necessary. It does help if you stretch out first.

    I don't want to think about what you have to put in the bell to get a low G.

    Okay, seriously. I found that kicking my leg over the bell and making a ^ with my knee above it (holding my leg up, not resting it on the bell; you'll break your strap hook) essentially "lengthens" the bell and it also doesn't interfere with my bell mike placement the way the knee-against-the-bell trick does.
    .
    "Listen to vocal lines. Everything a sax player needs to know
    about the blues is laid down in 'The Great Gig In The Sky.'"

    New album, Old Whiskey in New Bottles, available through
    iTunes

    Free track available on
    TuneCore


    http://www.joey-the-saint.com

  19. #19
    Distinguished SOTW Member themacintrasher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Posts
    3,016

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    Take it up an octave.

  20. #20
    Distinguished SOTW Member
    Forum Contributor 2011
    MartinMusicMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Posts
    10,712

    Default Re: Quick! Low G and A on tenor

    This thread somehow reminds me of a famous old New Yorker cartoon: the commuter in the suit is at the lunch counter in the train station saying, "Two eggs, 3-minute boiled. Hurry, I've only got 1 minute to catch my train!"
    The Martin "Official Music Man" tenor, Barone black tenor, The Martin baritone, Richards Martin Indiana alto, cheap Chinese soprano, Metalite mouthpieces, Plasticover reeds, Nord Electro 2, bunch of other instruments
    Wall Of Blues, youtube video, P-Town All-Stars, get Rich, Cannons (my band in the 60's) and Cannons record

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •