John Laughter· SOTW Columnist/ Forum Contributor 2014, Disti
Thanks for the feedback! But I don't quite get what you mean with "put some air through the horn"? Do you mean I should play with more air support? What would you recommend to practice it?You want some honest feedback?
1) Work on being more rhythmically solid.
2) Put some air through the horn.
3) Play long phrases, not just pecking at it. (getting good full size breaths will help you with this.)
4) The shallow fast vibrato makes it unclear whether you're going to do vibrato or not. Just like everything else in performance, effects have to be played in a way that feels exaggerated to you in order not to come across as tentative out front of the horn.
5) Put some air through the horn.
The basic sound is fine. It's just underdeveloped. A few months playing long tones outdoors will go a long way to getting rid of that "practice room sound". Sorry to call it the way I hear it, but there it is.
There's nothing here that some serious practice won't make a whole lot better. Equipment (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.) is not the answer.
My go-to exercise:Thanks for the feedback! But I don't quite get what you mean with "put some air through the horn"? Do you mean I should play with more air support? What would you recommend to practice it?
By ppppp and ffff you mean that's the the shape of your mouth and air you need to use?My go-to exercise:
Long tones from the lowest note on the horn to the highest note: play from pppp to fffff back to pppp, while paying careful attention to maintaining pitch and timbre constant. As often as possible do this outdoors away from reflective surfaces. If it worked for the Texas Tenors (Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, those guys) it'll work for you. Do that regularly for a year and your sound will be far more rich, flexible, and your dynamic range will increase.
Ohhhhh wasn't thinking in theory but now it makes sense, I'll start doing my long tones outside and use your technique and see if it works for me! Thanks a lot for the advice!pppp = pianissississimo. So soft it drops out and you have to come back and restart the tone.
ffff = fortissississimo. So loud you can't hardly keep it under control and it keeps wanting to break up.
For 7 months playing, that’s very nice. Really, I can hear what you are trying to do. Keep listening and keep working on the concepts you are developing.
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Your tone sounds plenty dark to me. I wouldn't want to go any darker, just 'stronger & fuller' as already mentioned.I am looking for a more dark sound on my tenor
I found this video very helpful to understand that concept:By ppppp and ffff you mean that's the the shape of your mouth and air you need to use?
You’ve stepped into an incredibly large, diverse, and capable room of teachers, players, and many that are both. I doubt you will get any better, more insightful, and genuinely valuable nutz & bolts advice for ANY player at ANY skill level than what @turf3 has given you.…and see if it works for me!