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Finding your own sound (voice)!

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Hey wuz up folks? I have been playing the sax for about 9 yrs now. I am on a yanagisawa metal 7 mouthpiece with rico jazz selects 2m. I am trying to find my own personal sound. I notice that I have a pretty bright sound when I am playing. The thing is I have a feeling that I tend to sound like most other players around my skill level. I am trying to get my tone to the point where people can say hey that is Iceman (just using my username as an example). I am trying to get a sound between Dave Koz and Kirk Whalum. I have been playing along with people, but I don't know how much that is helping. People have told me I sound nice. I am just trying to get my personal sound to where I can be satisfied.
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iceman, play along with Dave Koz and Kirk Whalum recordings everyday. Play along with similar-sounding players like Eric Marienthal, Everette Harp, Candy Dulfer, Warren Hill, among others. That's the only way you'll get there.

Start with ballads. Listen to how each note is played very carefully. Play along then play by yourself, repeat. Don't expect results overnight. It'll take literally years but man, it's worth it. :)

Oh, and voicing is the key. Those cats are all about voicing.
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