Did I say "practical?" I guess I meant "layman's terms." lol thanks.hakukani said:This is my personal definition.
A dark sound contains less harmonic content than a bright one.
My feeling is that brightness is determined primarily by the relative amplitude of the 3rd through the 8th harmonic to the first three harmonics.
The upper harmonics, the 9th through ~14th or 15th harmonic determine edge.
Some folks would disagree with this however, because 'warm' 'dark' 'bright' 'round' 'edgy' are all subjective descriptions of saxophone timbre.
The timbre of a note can be affected by amplitude. The louder you play, the more complex the sound.Leon said:On a related subject, I hear people say "I tend to play dark" or "I tend to play bright". Why? What causes this? How can one darken or brighten ones playing without changing gear?
It's a complex system, so, as usual, there are no 'simple' answers.bfoster64 said:I always thought people who said that were referring to the reed and/or mouthpiece they like to use. People who use a soft reed will sound bright, even on a dark mouthpiece. The softer reeds vibrate more easily so there are more high partials in the sound.
So, Dave, what was your impression of the Handcraft at the time?Dave Dolson said:At a recent gig we had a substitute alto player. I've always admired this guy's sound. He had an old Martin alto (1920's vintage) and I had my Ref 54 alto. Before the gig, we switched horns. He played a few scales and arpeggios, then handed the Ref 54 back to me and said, "Nice and bright." DAVE