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  1. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    I have a hard time getting to grips with using terms like "bright/dark sound" or "jazz/classical sound". Can someone help me describe the sound/tone/style in these 2 videos? I want to know how to best describe the sounds i like to hear. First one is Alexa Tarantino - Second is AshleyJ -...
  2. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Eric Marienthal said something in the AW shoutbox that rings very true: "The trick of getting the sound that comes out of your horn to match the sound in your head is to really focus on the end result rather than the mechanics. I know that may be contrary to what I often teach but sometimes you...
  3. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hi, maybe this is something other sax players have encountered whilst learning to play so I thought I'd post. I'm a beginner learning since last September so about 7 months, before I began learning I didn't have a musical bone in my body and learning sax is my first instrument. I have a really...
  4. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Good Morning All! I was wondering how I can make my sound and tone more appealing to a listener. I believe I have been going about it all wrong merely trying to get a faster air stream to get a brighter sound. Anyway, i figured out how to stop the accidental overtones, but for some reason I...
  5. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    I was talking about this with a few of my students so I figured I'd ask here - how much does sound matter to you? Specifically, as far as the elements go of your own playing (or playing of someone you enjoy listening to) where does sound/tone rank compared to melodic development, phrasing...
  6. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    hi, Using an older/used reed produces more hissing. However, a thought occured to me: isn't it a good exercise to use an old reed rather than a good one, to be able to produce a good sound without hissing and having a better embouchure? Seems to me that it would enforce proper embouchure; sort...
  7. Bb Soprano
    I have been looking for a certain sound from a reed but wanted advice first. I'm looking for a velvety kind of breathy warm sound. As I'm writing this I realize I should see what the best mouthpiece is for the job too. Right now I'm on a Yamaha 4c (what came with my Yamaha intermediate sop) and...
  8. Ligatures
    Hi, I am going ligature shopping and am considering a Silverstein Ligature to pair with my Meyer 5. From the people who own one in this forum, what do you think about it? Is it worth the premium? Also, how bright are these ligs? I'm looking for a slightly brighter sound, and I just want to...
  9. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hello reader, Lately, I've been realizing that my sound is a bit too bright for my liking. I currently play on a Jody Jazz HR 6M*, Vandoren Java Red 3's, Francois Louis Ultimate lig, and a YAS 62 horn. I'd like to aim for something a bit darker but still edgy enough to cut through a big band. I...
  10. General Discussion
    The more experience I get playing and listening to music the worst I find my own sound Is there a point when you say oh thats good I love this sound I must play like this all the time I find a fault in everthing I play from the reed sounding buzzy to a note not hit dead center the list goes on...
  11. King (HN White)
    Greetings to all: I have owned several King saxophones, and I have found that for me the larger boars have a much fuller sound, comparatively that is. Anyway, I sold my practice horn 1938 Zephyr with original pads to a shop out in Phoenix. I to make the mortgage. Anyway, I just purchase a...
  12. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hello! :) Now that marching season is officially over for me, concert season is just beginning. My school's band has a group where all the best players of each section play harder music in concert season. There are only two baris (me included of course) and I really wanna get in, since only...
  13. Tips and Techniques
    Hi all! How to make your saxophone sound brighter or darker.We'd just add subtitles in our video(you can choose them on settings) named Looking for your Sound, hope would be helpful. Have a nice day!
  14. Selmer (Paris)
    Hey guys :) Sorry in advanced if this becomes long... After playing my series II for 7 years, I've found that it has a stuffy, generic quality to the sound. I didn't notice this much in high school (I mean, any professional horn was amazing compared to my student horn :P), but over the years...
  15. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Hey guys, I've been having a lot of trouble with my sound lately and I was wondering if I could get some feedback from you guys. It would be greatly appreciated. The audio clip I posted is just some random improv of me playing over a mixolydian b6 mode that I was messing around with, nothing...
  16. Eb Alto
    Hi my sax teacher for jazz recently told me that I play with a "Cool School Jazz" tone. What does this mean and what are some good players to listen to that also play my style? Thanks
  17. High School and College
    Hey all! I'm writing this post because I'm on winter break and just wanted a few opinions before I address my professor with my thoughts. So two semesters ago I found out I was biting too hard. I had a mouthpiece pitch of a C instead of the ideal A. So I sorta fixed it by dropping my jaw and...
  18. Alto mpc
    Hi all, I am wanting to switch from a metal mouthpiece to an ebonite mouthpiece, and I'm not sure what to get. I currently play on a Berg Larsen with a VERY wide tip opening. I want to retain some of the volume of this mouthpiece, but want a softer, breathier sound that is easier to control...
  19. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    So I've been stuck with overtones for a long time. In particular the High D and above. I was just looking for any suggestions on how to get those out without cheating. I've tried a whole lot when it come to overtones and I can't seem to get the higher ones out. Anything would be extremely...
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