Ahh, nice! I think you are right. It is important not to close down on just saxophone. You can get some refreshing inspiriation from outside, by listening to trumpet players for example.
Is the movie worth to watch? I found the film “Bird” on the local library, and watched it monday. It was quite good, but I was missing a few things.
And, while I am at it, how often do you clean your saxophone, and how? Today, I was practicing on my alto, and was getting more and more annoyed
at my more and more metallic sound. I tried to clean everything, mpc, neck, body, and the finger pads (I couldn’t remember the english word, so I dont know if this is the correct word, im sorry), and it finally worked out. I was getting a fine tone again. I asked myself if I should clean it more often and which way would be the best.
I use the big fluffy thing to stick down in the body of sax when I am not using it. The same for the neck, just with a smaller one. Then, I sometimes clean the pads with powder and cleaning paper, which helps a lot. I do this around every three weeks, sometimes a little more often. Is there anything else i should do, change, or do more often?
Good to hear from you. The movie is definitely cool, I would try and
find it if I were you. I’ve watched it a couple times.
I clean my saxophone after I play it every time. I use a swab for the
body and a clarinet silk swab for the neck and mouthpiece.
Wouldn’t recommend the fluffy stick. The reason is that the fibers
gradually come off of the stick and they can get in your pads and
cause damage…. I used one for a while, but then stopped. It takes a
little longer to use a swab, but you should have less problems with
your pads in the long run.