Pages 67 & 68

“Fifty Exercises from low Bb to F Above the Staff” originally written by A. Mayeur (a clarinetist) and revised by Paul de Ville for saxophone. This blog evaluates the first 10 of these studies, pages 67 & 68 .
Paul de Ville begins at the bottom of the saxophone and takes us all the way to the high F. The high F, at the time of the first edition, was considered the highest note on the saxophone as the high F# key did not exist yet, and there was very little study of the altissimo register.
A student working through these will develop a solid technical base, as these fifty exercises includes many of the more awkward fingering combinations on the saxophone.
As in the proceeding “Sixty Exercises of Mechanism” these studies are short, intense (one to two measures) focused technique builders. De Ville includes a technique not used previously in The Universal Method. That is, starting slow and increasing the speed as the fingerings are learned. This technique is actually written into the study with each exercise beginning in half notes, then proceeding to quarters, eighths and sixteenth notes.
I highly recommend playing all of the half notes and quarters (not just skipping to the sixteenths) because the long notes will improve tone as well as improve technique study.
Young players should include these studies because as the emphasis on the low register is a great way to develop embouchure control.
Before beginning the 50 studies make sure that your saxophone is in good adjustment and use only the minimum amount of finger pressure needed to close the keys.
As always, your observations and comments are welcome.
Neal Ramsay

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