Rheuben Allen "Almost Keyless" Alto Saxophone
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"Almost Keyless" Alto Saxophone
This is the first alto saxophone designed for the study of the altissimo featuring three keys allowing the saxophonist to study the overtones on a low B-flat, low B, low C and low C-sharp.
This is an extension of the Keyless alto designed by Sigurd Rascher
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Valuable Learning Tool
The most important reason to practice overtones is to learn how to play in tune correctly. It's a misconception that putting the mouthpiece in just the right spot on the neck will get the saxophone to play in tune. A lot of things go into it. Using the correct reed strength with the correct mouthpiece tip opening; making sure you are playing with enough air pressure; using the correct embouchure. However perhaps the most important aspect of playing in tune is being able to control your throat position.
Much like a singer, the saxophone player opens and closes their throat to fine tune the pitch of each note. Only this way will you truly be able to play in tune. Every day when you talk, your throat moves around constantly to help produce the sounds that create language. So you know how to open and close your throat already. However much like your heart beating, it's a muscle that we don't consciously control. The "Almost Keyless Saxophone" was designed to allow the player to focus on controlling the muscles in their throat through playing overtones.
Since the instrument has no keys higher than Low C#, when you blow into the "almost keyless saxophone" you get a Low C. Changing your throat position is the only way you will be able to get out any other note. The next note you should be able to trigger is the middle C. Then the G above that, then high C, E, G. With this high G you are now playing above the intended range of the saxophone. From there you can keep going and going. It takes a lot of practice, but it is possible to play 2 octaves above this high G. However the real world result is this...the next time you are playing a high C# and your saxophone is playing sharp (as is usually the case on most instruments), you can just open your throat to drop the pitch down slightly. You can do this because, the overtone exercises have given you full control of the throat muscles.
Advantages to Saxophone Education
1) Since there are no high notes the player is required to fill the saxophone with air developing the concept of always filing the instrument with air for better technique and more control of intervals.
2) The player cannot do anything except practice the overtones. There are no keys to screw around with if they get bored.