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Eastern Stars Concert Band N.Z. (Eastern Stars Band Inc) welcomes
beginners to advanced.  Young and old.  
 Auckland New Zealand

How to tune a saxophone


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuning a saxophone. 

Too Sharp:

If the note is too sharp, pull the mouthpiece out a bit as this will flatten it.  Remember 'When something is sharp, you pull away'. You could also loosen your embouchure to flatten the note .   A softer reed will flatten the note.  One advantage of soft reeds is that they do often allow you more flexibility to coax the note sharp or flat as necessary.  Maybe you are playing in the sun on a summers day and need to find some shade (lower the temperature to flatten the sound). 

Too flat:

If the note is too flat  push the mouthpiece in slightly. Remember,"Flat things are squished down". You could also tighten your embouchure.   Often blowing very loud causes the saxophone to go flat.  A harder reed will sharpen the note.  If the instrument is not warmed up it will tend to be flat.  As the instrument warms up it will tend to sharpen.  Maybe its a cold winters day.   


Eastern Stars Concert Band (Cadets/Youth) rehearse on Tuesday evenings. Eastern Stars Concert Band rehearse on Wednesday evenings (7.00 pm) at Pakuranga Intermediate hall during term time.  We perform at least four concerts per year, including Anzac /Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas. We also play various Christmas parades (Papatoetoe, Ellerslie, Panmure, Howick Midnight Madness), as well as attending music festivals/competitions (Matamata and/or Nationals). We play at various school galas (Wakaaranga, Elm Park) etc.  We frequently fundraise for disaster victims and involve the community as much as possible by doing playouts at local resthomes. We are based in Pakuranga, Auckland, N. Z. 
   Eastern Stars Concert Band is a family friendly band. We welcome visitors to our rehearsals.