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Hi Michael. You’ve changed your username? How did you do that? I don’t see the option. And a nice take by the way :cool:
Alex, you can send a request to change your SOTW-name to a moderator (Pete Thomas for instance). I did those things in the past too, but are not a moderator anymore. You can't do it yourself.
 

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Hi Michael. You’ve changed your username? How did you do that? I don’t see the option. And a nice take by the way :cool:
Alex, scroll down ... there is a topic option "change user name" in Contact us webform. Do a request... or do what Peter says.
Of course liked your Equinox :)
 
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Here’s my take on this one.

Alto recorded quite dry with just a tiny bit of reverb and some mild compression.
Alex, I really enjoy the way you play the melody…definitely captured a lot of that contemplative and searching late Trane sound that I love, and you carried it through the solo, which is again very well done and sounds great!
 

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I've written out version including a transcription of Kenny Garrett's Solo if anyone is interested, I can post it up later when I get home.
 

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I have been playing alto almost exactly 3 1/2 years, after listening to saxophones for about the last 50. I've heard Coltrane's Equinox a thousand times and I wouldn't have thought of trying to play it, but I wanted to see if I get get tone and feeling from the alto. There's some YDS-150 attempted tenor in the middle, but the YDS is NOT a saxophone, it's only shaped like one. I moved the Cm track up to C#m. Ouch, some bad high notes. :oops:
https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fequinox
randulo, Great take! I like the way you played the melody and enjoy your alto playing! When the “tenor” part comes in it’s easy to tell it’s not a saxophone…particularly on faster lines/ runs up or down where it sounds like keyboard sax sounds. Your ideas come through, but since you’re approaching it like a saxophone it feels to me like you’re not getting the most out of it. I’d enjoy hearing an all saxophone take from you, as you have a lot of creativity, nice ideas, and a nice sound: but some of it is lost in translation on the wind controller.
 

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"Equalnothing"... bla bla bla and etc :)
Michael, Nice job! You’re a little disconnected from the backing and the melody came in on the wrong side of the clave, but when you lock into the time and form your lines really land/ hit well. I like your approach with the synth/ wind controller and wish your opening statement of the melody was as strong as the one when you picked up the synth.
 

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Thanks for your encouragement!
it’s easy to tell it’s not a saxophone
Yeah, I'll be the first to admit that. Sometimes you can purposely do short passages that might fool a few, but in this recording, it doesn't fool anyone, the articulation is terrible on some of the notes. I maintain, that the flute and harmonica sounds on the YDS can work, again in short passages, but the sax sounds are really not good. I had a Roland sound module years ago that I drove with a guitar synth, and that sampler had very much better tenor sounds.
 

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Thanks for your encouragement!

Yeah, I'll be the first to admit that. Sometimes you can purposely do short passages that might fool a few, but in this recording, it doesn't fool anyone, the articulation is terrible on some of the notes. I maintain, that the flute and harmonica sounds on the YDS can work, again in short passages, but the sax sounds are really not good. I had a Roland sound module years ago that I drove with a guitar synth, and that sampler had very much better tenor sounds.
I thought the tenor sound was quite passable in the mid to low range. And I usually dislike synth sax sounds very much. The higher it goes the more synthetic the sound to my ears. But you used it well for sure. Nice take Randulo :cool:
 

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I thought the tenor sound was quite passable in the mid to low range. And I usually dislike synth sax sounds very much. The higher it goes the more synthetic the sound to my ears. But you used it well for sure. Nice take Randulo :cool:
Thanks, Alex I'm honored, I've enjoyed listening to your SoundCloud recordings. I'm a fan!
 

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Michael, Nice job! You’re a little disconnected from the backing and the melody came in on the wrong side of the clave, but when you lock into the time and form your lines really land/ hit well. I like your approach with the synth/ wind controller and wish your opening statement of the melody was as strong as the one when you picked up the synth.
Thanks! I have no problem to play a melody as default... just felt from the begining to jump somewhere out of it... listened once and left as is :)
 
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As promised, here's the head straight into the Kenny Garret transcription (I didn't check the head to make sure it plays the same way Kenny does)
 

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Hey All, Just spent the past 10 days camping in the shadows of the Tetons...such majestic and inspiring beauty! Chops are little bit rusty because I didn't saxsquatch it at all this time! I wanted to play/ hear myself playing my alto to get an idea of what needs adjustment before I do a COA on it tomorrow...it's not bad, but I can feel a few spots I know are leaky. I love that everyone has been playing alto on this; I think it fits the horn really well, but I can't wait to get on tenor and play it this weekend! Please enjoy.

 

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Hey All, Just spent the past 10 days camping in the shadows of the Tetons...such majestic and inspiring beauty! Chops are little bit rusty because I didn't saxsquatch it at all this time! I wanted to play/ hear myself playing my alto to get an idea of what needs adjustment before I do a COA on it tomorrow...it's not bad, but I can feel a few spots I know are leaky. I love that everyone has been playing alto on this; I think it fits the horn really well, but I can't wait to get on tenor and play it this weekend! Please enjoy.

You've got a great command of the horn! The use of range was astonishing, love the way you're in charge of this one, and you had such a great way of stating new ideas as you built off the melody, which just seemed so fluid. Seems like you definitely have a connection with this song. Awesome to hear you playing, and I dig the traditional pure alto sound you've got going! Awesome work, Very pleased to hear this one!
 

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You've got a great command of the horn! The use of range was astonishing, love the way you're in charge of this one, and you had such a great way of stating new ideas as you built off the melody, which just seemed so fluid. Seems like you definitely have a connection with this song. Awesome to hear you playing, and I dig the traditional pure alto sound you've got going! Awesome work, Very pleased to hear this one!
Thank you, Jared! Appreciate the kind words…might do another alto take later over a different backing before I take it apart, or maybe I’ll noodle on Little Sunflower 🌻
 

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Someone asked for this? True the YDS tenor was not working for me, either. I replaced the fake tenor with more alto, went a little cringworthy crazy, but it kind of works. SInce this is a punch-in (at 1:32), the logical solo structure only makes sense if we pretend this is another player. ALso, I think the reed was a Légère AC on the first and end parts, and today I was playing a Rigotti.
https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fequinox-knocks
Yes! Nice job…kind of a haunting sound, very cool. I heard a Pharoah Sanders version of this yesterday and am considering going full on blissful screech to the heavens for a chorus or two…then we can talk cringe 😬🤣
 

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Well, i had a week long vacation and didn't play the horn at all. I'm feeling rusty already - but here's what I've gotten so far this month - hoping to dial this in (a lot) and get a much more refined take out. Hope the Kenny Garrett influence is at least noticeable!

 
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