Thanks for listening!
Love that you tried various reeds with the piece! I always enjoy your playing. I though the Jazz Select was the better match but it all depends on what you want to get out of it.
I didn't hear much at all regarding altissimo. How does it play in that range?
Thanks! The mouthpiece can do altissimo really well, it's me that's the problem up there ?
What tip size? How is Get a Sax's dealer reputation? I don't think I've purchased from that dealer?
Anyway, One of the nicer sounds I've heard on sotw. The reeds make an unbelievable difference. The V12 Vandoren is super beautiful. Sounds more like Getz than most anything I've heard. I'm surprised how much reeds make a difference. More than I had been realizing. Most of us are on a really tight budget at times and trying a lot of reeds is sometimes not an option, but this is a good reminder to experiment. Very very nice playing. Congrats on your progress. Can you share anything about how you work on your sound or what mental concepts you have? I like how your sound is on a certain air column and is really rich through the registers, and at soft levels too.
Thank you so much! I'm a huge Stan Getz fan (as you have probably guessed) and I spent a solid 4-5 years trying to capture his sound. One thing in particular that I worked on was trying to control the amount of "air" in the sound, I think that the wider and slower the airstream, the more air in the sound. Especially in the upper register, to get that sound I kinda have the "golf ball in the throat" thing going on, and I know some players also puff out their cheeks to get this effect. Also, the harder the reed, the more you have to push against to broaden the airstream and fluff up the sound, but the effect can still be achieved on moderately soft reeds. Also, beyond the tone alone, I have learned an incredible amount from studying Getz's rhythmic feel, vibrato, articulation and melodicism, and I do believe he was an absolute master in all of these areas!
I'll also say that with the reed changes, I also changed my sound concept and articulation to get different effects... hopingto show the range of possibilities of the mouthpiece and overall reed-friendly-ness. I still haven't found a reed that won't play on it!