Steven Jordheim, Professor of Saxophone
I imagine that nearly all saxophonists at some point have wished that they could see what is happening inside the mouth and throat when playing the saxophone. When learning techniques such as double tonguing or slap tonguing, students often comment that they would find it so much easier to understand the elements involved if they could see what the anatomical structures inside the mouth and throat actually do in producing these techniques.
My long-standing interest in understanding the involvement of the vocal tract in saxophone performance led to “The Saxophonist’s Anatomy” – a project in which I used fiberoptic endoscopic cameras to view and record the movements of the structures inside the mouth and throat during performance of nearly all the standard and extended techniques of saxophone performance. This studio project included current members, faculty, and alumni of the Lawrence Saxophone Studio; each was recorded endoscopically at an ear, nose, and throat clinic at a local hospital while playing an extensive list of saxophone techniques.
I have created a website – The Saxophonist’s Anatomy – to present video clips with accompanying explanations of all the techniques recorded in this project. My hope is that the insights you gain through viewing these video clips will help you to make more rapid progress in mastering the techniques of saxophone performance.