Jun 20

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Finger Efficiency

Speed is always a subject for saxophone players.  How can we learn to play faster?

Here is something to consider when you are working on your finger technique.  Keys close (side keys open) at the speed that your fingers press the keys.  But, the keys come back at the speed of the springs. For that to happen, our fingers need to let go of pressing the keys.  Many players lift their fingers instead of letting go, which not only requires a lot more effort but also can be slower than the spring action.  You can tell if you are lifting your fingers if you see them rising off the pearls of the keys.

All you need to do is to quickly and lightly press the key and completely let it go. Gently practice doing this with each finger until you get the hang of it. The simplicity of pressing and letting go can be elusive at first. In the end, this will reduce the effort in your hands and increase the speed of your finger technique.


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