Playing the Soprano Sax is very different than playing the alto or tenor saxophones. The Tenor Sax and Alto Sax tend to respond with a loose embouchure and many tenor players strive to keep the embouchure loose for a big sound.
Soprano Sax needs a little firmer embouchure to play it well. Not tight so it does not respond but firm mostly for the upper register response.
For example when you first play the high notes just pushing the key does not mean the note will come in.. a slight adjustment to the embouchure is necessary.
Also the biggest mistake most players make when trying to play Soprano Sax is they do not push the mouthpiece far enough on the neck cork. If the mouthpiece is out a little too far then the bottom of the Soprano Sax and sometimes the high notes will not work.
Pushing the mouthpiece in helps on most saxophones for the response. Find what is called the “Sweet Spot” where everything works.
Remember to Practice as often as you can to achieve the intonation you desire.
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Not only are the Black Diamond Saxophones are Beautiful - They Play Outstanding!!
When Rheuben Allen started to create the design for the Black Diamond Series Saxophones he wanted a saxophone that a live player could use. Mostly that all clubs, weddings, concerts and generally most live performances are not held in the same location and all rooms are different acoustically.
The saxophonist must adjust to the location and room size. So the qualities of the Black Nickel Plating came to mind. He still makes saxophones with Black Nickel Bodies and Silver Plating and had made a few with Gold Lacquered keys. They play very nice and are very strong. He wondered what the saxophone would sound like with all Black Nickel Plating so he made a couple Prototypes and was very happy with the results.
They did everything he had hoped. Black Nickel is very durable plating and adds a little weight to the instruments providing the saxophonist with a greater projection of sound.
Black Nickel Plating does not start producing the tone as fast as Lacquer or Silver Plating but can be pushed to produce a very strong projection of tone.
This line represents Lacquer and Silver plating tone projection:
This line represents Black Nickel tone projection:
*As you can see the Black Nickel can be pushed to a louder volume, and will depend a lot of the tone production belongs to the player, mouthpiece and reed combination.
All of us a KDI Music have “A Passion for the Perfect Sound”, in which we are adamant about teaching our younger generation the art of music. Whether it is to play Woodwinds, Brass, Stringed Instruments, Keyboards, Piano or Percussion or to Sing, it is important to all of us to continue this tradition. It doesn’t matter what genre they prefer or what instrument they play, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to provide musical education for developing young minds.
To that end, we believe in providing quality instruments on our site for the beginning student to professional musicians. We at KDI Music have tested all the instruments we sell on our website and have even purchased many for our own performance use. I have personally purchased the Kenny G G-Series IV Soprano Sax Silver Body/Lacquered Keys for its tone value and looks. Our Staff has collectively purchased and performs with the Kenny G G-Series IV Alto and Soprano Saxes, E-Series IV Alto and Soprano Saxes, Black Diamond Alto Sax and the Rheuben Allen Series 5 Alto Saxophone.
We have both loaned and sold instruments to many organizations including the Nisei Week Foundation Marching Band and schools. We look forward to helping students experience the Marching Band, Concert Band or Orchestra in their schools, so please reach out to us to see if we can help.
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The Staff at KDI Music, LLC
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