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Jazz Sax Lessons: Altissimo Gliss: Up & Down

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Now it's time to show
you my Altissimo Gliss.
Both going up and even coming down.
I do this on a fair amount of live
gigs and records and I've had so
many comments about it that I wanted to
include it here for you in my curriculum.
It's a little unusual, but it,
strange but effective, as they say.
So it's a good idea to understand
how to make this kind of a gliss.
Let me give you an example.
I'm going to give you a G,
altissimo G, up to D.
And I'm gonna gliss up.
[SOUND] Okay, and the same
gliss on the way down.
[SOUND] There you go,
[LAUGH] it's not a fire
alarm [LAUGH] don't run for
your front door.
So playing a gliss like that
opposed to playing each note.
[SOUND] So the difference in those two
things is that number one obviously
I'm slurring through them.
But it's all about the throat and
pushing your air,
it's not all about the throat,
it's mainly about your throat, okay?
So if you close up your throat,
it's not gonna happen.
If you keep your throat nice and
open, it will happen.
And refer to my, in the intermediate
section there is a throat position
lesson devoted just to
how to open your throat.
So if you have any questions,
refer to that.
So, as I'm doing this,
I'm starting on my note, I'm basically,
it's not rocket science here, I'm opening
my throat so that the air will be nice and
open and even, and all those notes will
actually sound better than a fire alarm.
And so as I'm playing,
I'm pushing my air forward,
not allowing those notes to drop off, not
allowing the sound really to change, and
I'm ghosting the fingerings on the way up,
so if you have any questions about
the fingerings, you can refer to
the altissimo fingering chart.
That is included in my school, and there's
a whole lesson where I talk about and
play all of these fingerings, so
we are very comprehensive at this school.
So again, let me give you an example.
So as I'm playing, I wanna, again,
I'm gonna start on G, starting on G you
can do whatever you want to, it's hard
not to start on G, I mean you could,
see if I can actually pull this off, but
you can start from the bottom of the horn.
I did it.
So it's cool, it's just that when you're
doing that, not only are you going over
the first register break with the first
octave key, from you know, C sharp to D,
but then that next register break from,
you know the one that goes, bridges
the main part of the horn, say from F
up to the altissimo bridge, you know.
That's a tougher one.
All the more reason why you
wanna keep your throat open and
you wanna continue to
push your air forward.
Those are the real secrets
of playing high notes.
But as you're playing those notes,
I'm just sort of chasing that or
ghosting the fingerings as I go.
[SOUND] So you're
kinda sliding.
You're not really doing it,
it's like you're sliding and
then it's one giant scoop.
But it's more of a slide.
And so, rather than scooping with
your pitch, it's different in this
area of horn because you're in
a different overtone series.
But as you're playing you just kind of,
want to, I don't know,
it feels as though your throat
becomes your embouchure so to speak.
You just have to kind of do it.
I'd love to see you do it.
Make sure you send me a video of this if
this is something that interests you so
I can check it out.
If you're having trouble doing it and
I can see you going for it,
I'll be able to see, and the combination
of seeing you and hearing you will let me
give me a good idea of how I can help
you correct it and actually do it.
So again, the idea is to sort of
ghost your fingers as you go up, and
ghost them back as you go down.
And again, just get used to the feeling
of regulating your throat in the same
way that you would regulate the pitch
of other notes with your embouchure.
[SOUND] So same thing on the way down,
just sort of ghosting those fingerings.
So shoot me a video of that, and
hopefully you won't bother your
neighbors as you practice that one.
And there you go,
have fun with the up and down gliss.