Pages 69 & 70

The “Fifty Exercises from low Bb to F Above the Staff” continues on these pages with exercises 11 through 17. These studies, often ignored by saxophonists and teachers, should not be skipped as they are very effective in developing coordination and control. Paul de Ville is gradually working up the range of the saxophone . These seven studies are still in the low register with no notes higher than 2nd line G.
De Ville continues the same rhythmic formula from the previous 10 studies. His pattern starts with half notes, then to eights, and finally sixteenths. Triplets and sextuplets are used as well.
Studies 11 – 17 are challenging because of some of the coordination problems introduced. Many of these studies emphasize the synchronizing of the pinky fingers, which must be precise when landing the low Bb, B and C#.
Another problem introduced is that presented by the empathic movement of the middle finger. The middle finger has the tendency to lift when the ring finger moves and the causes notes not to speak or be uneven. Many players attempt to compensate by gripping harder , which only creates a new set of problems. Use these studies to develop a light touch. Go slowly and with patience you can develop independent movement between the fingers.
Paul de Ville suggests alternate fingerings which are useful. He refers to the standard chromatic F# fingering as part of the Evette and Schaeffer system. The chromatic F# is one of our standard fingerings that came to us from the Evette and Schaeffer system.
As always, your observations and comments are welcome.
Neal Ramsay

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