Faster Fingers On Sax – One Simple Exercise To Transform Your Technique!  #21

Faster Fingers On Sax – One Simple Exercise To Transform Your Technique! #21


Hi I’m pro saxophonist Jamie Anderson.
You’re watching Get Your Sax Together and on this video I’m gonna show you a
fantastic exercise to warm up AND improve your technique. Welcome back to
Get Your Sax Together guys. I’ve done quite a few Hall of Fame videos recently
so I thought I’d focus a little bit more on some saxophone technique videos. This
exercise is something that you can play as a warm-up but it’s also fantastic for
technique and is suitable for beginners, intermediate OR advanced players. So, as
usual, if you like the channel please do subscribe, click the bell which will
notify you if I upload any new videos and don’t forget to go down into the
description where I’ve got a fantastic PDF that you can download with this
whole exercise written out. This is an exercise that you’ll often hear brass
players use and it’s really gonna sharpen up your technique and get your
fingers moving very fluently. So before I teach you the exercise the main points
you want to remember whilst doing this exercise are… number one – keep your
fingers as close to the instrument as you can. Sometimes it’s not practical to
keep your fingers right in contact with the keys at all times but keep your
fingers nice and close and just avoid that flapping around which is really
going to slow down your technique. Number two – practice this exercise with a
metronome. Always with the metronome. At all the times use a metronome. And that
way you’re really gonna hear the little bumps and the little bits of
inconsistency in your technique and iron them out over time. Number three – only
practice this exercise at a tempo that you can play perfectly. Don’t try and go
too fast too quick otherwise you’ll just teach your muscle-memory how to do it
wrong. So try and do it at the tempo that you can do perfectly then gradually
speed up the tempo over time. And number four – make sure you practice this
exercise in all 12 keys even if it takes a long time to get there. So do it in the
first key and then move on to the 12 keys in time. Let’s run through the actual exercise – we’re going to do a G major section and
an E minor section. I like to start in the key of G – it’s just a nice range and
it’s also suitable for a beginners but ultimately we’re going to take it
through all 12 keys. This exercise is in 3/4 and we’re
gonna play semiquavers or 16th notes and gradually over time you should be able to
speed this up. so the first bar here’s the notes… Now here’s the second bar… And now the third bar, still in G major… At the end of that third phrase you’ll
see that we go down and there’s a D# which is going to take us into E
minor, which is the second half of the exercise. So here is the first part of
the second half. We’re now in E minor… And now the second bar… And then, the final bar… So you can see we do two keys – the major
key and the relative minor – and each one has three bars of 3/4 with 16th notes or
semiquavers. So now I’m going to join up the first major section, a little bit
faster… And now the minor section, which is the
same pattern but in the minor key… So now I’m going to demonstrate the
whole thing put together – the G major and the E minor section, and I’m just gonna
flip my metronome on. Not sure how well you’ll be able to hear the metronome, but
here we go. This is gonna be a little bit quicker than before. Two…three… Now, as you practice this slowly and
methodically and you’re building up to get faster and faster don’t forget these
key points… So your fingers should be a nice curved shape making two “C” shapes.
If you look down the instrument you can see two nice C shapes and no squashed
duck beaks as I call them with your fingers. We’re only moving one finger
joint when we press the key down. Fingers nice and close to the instrument nice
and relaxed and keep those shoulders down. And let’s try and build up the tempo to
really improve your technique until we’re up to something like this kind of
tempo. Okay let’s flick the metronome on, take this tempo up…two…three… Now the goal is to get faster and faster
and faster so we don’t have to be doing this straight away. Take your time and
then ultimately the goal is to be doing it really quite fast like this. This is a
bit of a roast! So, one…two… So now for the fun part. You’ve got that
down in one key now we’re going to take it round the cycle of fifths to go
through all 12 keys. So if we go up a fifth from G we get to C [Ed – that should be up a 4th!!], but remember
the second half of the exercise is in E minor so you’re going to go G – E minor
then you actually go down a major third which gives you the new major key of C,
and then we’re going to do C and A minor. That exercise. Down a major third
takes you to F and now we’re going to do F major D minor and so on until over time
and with lots of practice you cover all the keys. So changing key as well it
sounds something like this… Now leave yourself one bar of 3/4 to
breathe between each key. I’ve got crotchet 112 at the moment on the metronome.
That’s quite fast so it’s gonna take a long time to build up to that
remember. Okay let’s give this a go… 1 2 3, 1 2… one two one two And so on through all the keys. So that’s
it for this week. Got a fantastic exercise there for you to practice in all keys.
Remember – take it slow, use a metronome and it’s really going to improve your
technique. Please subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already and click
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