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Is there some specific benefit of playing loud when practising - apart from developping a big sound ?

Being a guitar player I noticed that playing loud (I mean acoustically - not by cranking up the amp) really helps getting a good tone as well as a more developped articulation. I suspect it is quite the same for saxophone. Now the the problem is: too much loudness and I got into trouble with neighbours (and my family as well). So when practising I tend to stay away from loudness. I think I can miss something here. Is it worth to organize oneself to practise loud ? Is there some alternate tip such as a dedicated mpc+reed set-up ?
 

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I think there is at least at much benefit to practicing the sax softly, especially long tones. Being able to play softly, while still maintaining a good tone, is a key part of tone control.

I don't see a relationship between playing loudly and developing good articulation with the sax.
 

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I second the opinion that practicing at all dynamics is the best way to go. If you practice blowing loud all the time you won't have diddly for control, one of the hardest attacks is a soft focused tone.

In your case(not wanting to disturb those around you) you could get more quality hours practicing at a moderate volume and you'll be all the better for it. Slap on a resistant mouthpiece to tone the volume down even more.
 

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stand in your closet and play with your bell stuck between the hanging clothes. try to play loud and bright. does help your tone-- like making sure your practice room is dead. worse think to do is the opposite-- play in the shower--plus you pads get too soaked:D ;) :cool:
 
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