Pleeeaaasee help! I don't exactly know how to check for a leaking pad, never really had that problem, just inspect it while holding the pads down, or get your teacher to check it. Your mouthpiece on a friends sax, that way you can discount as mentioned above your embouchure, your mouthpiece and just you doing something silly with your fingering. Also the A (1st video) and the G(2nd video) didn’t sound very good. I notice when i get from low D to low C i get strange tone and sometimes it change to high sound. Also the G didn’t sound good in both videos. How can I fix this? I can play a low C, Low B, Low Bflat, everything on that "key-square" thing except my low C#. My response: Hello Barrie, Great question. I checked pads and are ok to me. Get your answers by asking now. Will let you know when i received selver and test it. with the embouchure, do the following steps. I'm playing 2nd alto saxophone for it because the other sax can't play low notes. in the 1st video the E sounded bad but the D was acceptable, in the 2nd video the E sounded ok, but the D broke up. And they tend to be a bit harder on tenor compared to alto. It's unlikely the reed but something that get's overlooked because it's 'too obvious' so worth a try. 4 DO NOT BITE I think with the right reed size, reed in the correct place, and ligature in the correct place you should be ok. So our schools band is going to State Festival and we are playing On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss as one of our songs. Something that many of us have to work on. I was looking to see when you played the D, if you were lifting any of your other fingers slightly off the keys, or if one of your fingers was touching another pad when you played the D. I can’t really tell, unless you play the D first on its own several times, to rule out loss of air support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0A1WueqLkQ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9IOXAIokPo. notes below that C) consistently for several seconds? Like Johnny F. said in pdf file? For a summary: I play the alto sax and can't play my low C, which I need to play a lot for my concert. I notice when i get from low D to low C i get strange tone and sometimes it change to high sound. 7 when you can play the A Key try the mid C Key NO BITING, 8 Don’t start on another note until you can play the previous one properly for a count of 4 with NO BITING, It took me several weeks to play a note for a count of 4 (so be put off if you run out of air for any note). Whenever I blow into my Alto Sax, a sort of a whistling sound comes out. Also i have problem when i put new reeds 2.5 on it, i almost cant get sound or it short, because i loose lots of air and for me, looks like they are on end a but curved upwords, any idea ? Hey, Greg… without knowing about the mouthpiece/reed combination you’re using, I would risk it’s a matter of breath support, like suggested in his second option. Great! for a guy, what is the difference between a fantastic chick and just average? in the 1st video the D sounded bad but the C was acceptable, in the 2nd video the D sounded ok, but the C broke up. 5 now blow like in step 1, playing a mid B key! Also when you put the reed on, the tip of the reed should be level with the tip of the mouthpiece, when you press the tip of the reed down onto the mouthpiece (JF says to leave a hairs width below the mouthpiece tip, i level mine with the tip). Playing the low notes on saxophone, especially at a low volume can be a little difficult. All Rights Reserved, Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 10 total). Blow loooong, steady notes. When I'm warming up, I can play them a little bit, but when we go to play, I can't hit them! hmmm have you tried slurring your way down from a higher note to the low C? Then you know the problem lies in your sax. It worked but for some reason now it won't. Or do they start sounding fair and after 3-5 seconds they begin to wow? The other thing i forgot to mention, when you buy a box of reeds say size 1, when you try them out, some will be slightly harder to play, and some will be ok, you might get one or two good reeds in a box of 10 reeds – so don’t let that put you off! Does an electric violin need a humidifier. Like Johnny F. said in pdf file? Specifically, what happens and what to do when the low notes on your saxophone—like from low C down to B and B flat—are just not working or popping out. I was looking to see when you played the C, if you were lifting any of your other fingers slightly off the keys, or if one of your fingers was touching another pad when you played the C. I can’t really tell, unless you play the C first on its own several times, to rule out loss of air support. I had that same problem, needed to have it adjusted. Be well aware that if you’re a beginner, a MP with more than 2.0 mm (0.078″) of tip opening could give you a hard time on some notes. So when I came back the notes wouldn't come out at all! like going from the higher C all the way down through the notes to the low C? The ligature needs to be in the middle of the mouthpiece, not too far forward or too far backward (that changes how the reed vibrates). I picked it up today and i can't play a low C#. Lack of air immediately leads to weak sounds like those you recorded. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. (i once bent a pad slightly by knocking it, you can easily bend them with your fingers). Do not trust in short sounds, those you play on a quick scale. I had to try them a lot to get them to come out. There are actually THREE D flat and/or C sharp notes on alto saxophone.