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Hi, just wondering if anyone knows how one would achieve a sound similar to Paul Desmond or Phil Woods. My main concern is if there is any embouchure and oral cavity change that happens when playing with a sound similar to those two players.
My setup is a GP custom exii with a refaced rousseau nc4.

Paul Desmond recording:https://youtu.be/x_ZPceluIsY

Phil Woods:https://youtu.be/ocEsAH40fWs

Thanks in advanced!
 

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I don't think you could have picked two people further from each other in terms of sound. That recording of Phil Woods he is playing very very laid back and less aggressive than what he normally sounds like. But you can still hear the edge in his sound.

Paul Desmond has no edge in his sound what so ever.

They both used fairly different setups as well.

The best advice anyone is going to give you is going to be 1) Learn to play along with recordings of your favorite players, try and copy what they are doing. 2)Do overtone and long tone studies to help your tone production 3) Learn your scales and theory.
 

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littlewailer's answer is right on the money.

If you want to sound like someone else, listen to them constantly and try to copy some of their phrases from a recording. Practice until you are playing the same notes with the same time-feel, vibrato, and tone quality. Eventually your body will learn to make the necessary adjustments to produce the sound you're hearing in your head.
 

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I think those are two very different sounds. For Paul its more of a darth varder breath- very open throat warm air. Harder reed, lip curled more in. Think of the Emily video at the MjF

For Woods (using the just friends ex) I play softer reed and lip more out, brighter more alive sound.

Thats my two cents -)
 
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