Timothy McAllister Visiting the Vandoren NYC Studio

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Timothy McAllister Visiting the Vandoren NYC Studio


Alto Saxophone Playing

Hello, my name is Tim McAllister. I’m the professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m also the soprano saxophonist of the Prism Saxophone Quartet, based here in the United States.

Alto Saxophone Playing

I’m delighted to share some music with you today and discuss some of my findings at the Vandoren studio here in New York. Today I’ve been trying some new equipment and some various products here within the studio.

Today I’ve been playing on Vandoren’s A20 alto saxophone mouthpiece and one of my main ligatures of all time, the gold-plated MO alto ligature. Trying, with the help of the wonderful staff here, to find the right combination of reed strength and style that goes with this specific mouthpiece.

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As we all know we’re very individual and we’re very unique from player to player. Whether it is how we play, the type of embouchure, the type of bite, the amount of bite we use and so not all mouthpieces will fit the same person.

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One of the wonderful aspects of the Vandoren company is the incredible range of reed models at our disposal as artists. With this specific combination today, with the Vandoren A20, I’m finding that either the traditional Blue Box reeds, strength 3, or possibly the 2.5 V12 model really suit this mouthpiece quite well.

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This has helped me to find a common ground between the kinds of music that I like to play, whether it is something very meditative and sultry like a Piazzolla etude, or something very brash and aggressive, like the excerpts you’ve heard of City Noir by John Adams. It’s important to find, today, a setup that will cover both styles of playing, and feel very natural in the process.

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