Not bad at all. Before you get all wrapped up in how good you are you always need to ask yourself compared to what? If you are comparing your self to someone you hear you need to be aware that they might have put in 1000s of hours of more practice than you, taken private lessons, gone to school, whatever. The only person worth comparing yourself to is yourself. IF you sound today like you sounded a year ago than getting better probably isn't your focus so why worry about it. If you sound only a little better than a year ago and are putting in alot of work you might want to check to see if you actually are practicing or just killing time. so I won't comment on whats good about this recording (lots) because It doesn't matter what I think if you already think you suck? Please follow my basic rule. Either have fun, learn something or get paid to do this If you don't fall into any of those categories please go find something you like to do. I thought your take was good. But once again it doesn't matter what I think, I don't have to live inside your self assessments. So I hope you do work on whatever you want better and more importantly enjoy today. I wish I played alot better but I don't so I enjoy the little bit I get better today. Thanks for posting despite your self assessment. KOk, so I said I would post a recording this month despite my reluctance because of the really nice playing that gets posted on the these Beginning and Intermediate ToTM threads. It occurs to me that rather than a recalibration my levels of what a “beginner” or “intermediate” player is, what I really need to to do is recognize that “beginner” doesn’t mean “lousy”.
Having said that, this month’s endeavor has shown that after starting to learn saxophone ten years ago and playing for a few years, laying off for a few years to get desperate enough to make some lifestyle changes and now coming back to play in earnest and just having a blast… I am still such a rank beginner. Ok, possibly lousy… but ah, what the heck.
Listen to the recording I am posting and you understand that this is not just some sort of false modesty. Shoo whee is it a stinker. But I learned so much in committing to post a recording. I finally figured out how to blend a soundtrack into my Zoom H6 along with trying to another mic along with the stereo mic that comes with it. And then mix it down in Audacity, and then add too much reverb. This required finding SD cards that were compatible with the Zoom and my older MacBook, resetting up my practice room, much wincing upon hearing a few of my tries, etc.
My tone sounds like something between a mellophone and a bleating goat lost in the fog, the intonation is off, the palm keys notes are pinched horribly (really horribly!), the notes in general come more or less randomly, the tonguing is harsh— it goes on and on. For like 7 minutes and 15 seconds, no less. But it was fun and was sure instructive and productive in many ways. I’m going to practice with headphones into a mic more often for one thing.
I ran across this video about halfway through the month and it convinced me to follow through and post something on this thread: https://www.ted.com/talks/simone_giertz_why_you_should_make_useless_things
So maybe this recordings is useless, maybe my pursuit of music is a useless endeavor, but if nothing else here is something to set the bar so low that other players that blur the line between beginner and lousy can feel a little better about floundering along and having fun as well.
*takes a breath*
ok, here it is: