hopefully it's in tune..
I agree with that totally, so-called diaphragm breathing will be very useful for you.Be also aware that you seem to be breathing from your chest - vs supporting your tone from the abdomen. One can see that when you inhale and your shoulders rise.
Now that I respectfully disagree with. It may or may not as I think it is subjective. I do the same on tenor, and although I've been accused of many things, a smaller sound isn't one of them. yet.You also seem to be hanging off the end of your mouthpiece. That, too, will tend to make for a smaller sound.
Respect to you, Pete. Please note that I wrote “tend”. While you may have it working for you, it will tend not to work as well for many others.Now that I respectfully disagree with. It may or may not as I think it is subjective. I do the same on tenor, and although I've been accused of many things, a smaller sound isn't one of them. yet.
A technically challenging piece will expose any deficiencies in technique. A nontechnical piece that's all about tone and feel will expose any weaknesses in those areas. IMO, the most important thing is that you recognize a difference between your sound and the sound of the pro on the original. As long as you know what you're aiming for, you can continue to improve.i should alternate listening to original & playing, for nuance..i appreciate the help. i still sound amateurish like high school jazz band vs pro polished deep resonant sound, a bit disappointing after much practice
Thanks! Obviously a hobby for me but really fun! I'm not sure if graphicguy is trying to do tunes of this genre- but my idea for the band is to do 80's type "approachable" jazz/R&B type stuff (George Benson, Grover Washington, etc.). He's wise to stick with just saxophone though- trying to do vocals too is kind of stressful!Very nice.....
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Nice idea ! I have, over time, endeavored to do the same with bands in Portland and now here in the desert. Sort of a hybrid band of 70's-80's Jazz Fusion mixed with more familiar but very hip soul/jazz-loungy/R&B tunes from the 60's-90's.Thanks! Obviously a hobby for me but really fun! I'm not sure if graphicguy is trying to do tunes of this genre- but my idea for the band is to do 80's type "approachable" jazz/R&B type stuff (George Benson, Grover Washington, etc.). He's wise to stick with just saxophone though- trying to do vocals too is kind of stressful!
As Dr G points out, you're breathing rather shallow. Saxophone breathing (or any wind instrument or singing) are not the same as breathing to stay alive. You have to use the muscles of the diaphragm to pull in the air quickly and deeply to really get a full, properly supported tone. It's the foundation for your sound. It has to reach the point where it's automatic. I can't speak for you, but I'm 3 1/2 years in and it's almost there. I still work on this with long tones and "rhythmic" breathing. By this I mean taking in a breath at a specific count, like the 4 before the downbeat.
I would suggest picking up some of the Greg Fishman Jazz Phrasing books. Start with book one and Learn one of them. Not the book, just one. Practice until you are indistinguishable from Greg. Why? His style/phrasing/intonation are all impeccable. If you don't have a reference it's easy to go awry. You should be able to play along with it and be right in tune and eventually with all the nuances, like when he starts out his vibrato. This helped out my intonation more than I can express here. My wife hates "Naragansett Ave" because I practiced it so much.
One of the most helpful things for intonation is to sing the part. It doesn't matter how good (or bad) your singing voice is. I have an awkward singing range (bass-baritone) and I change registers about where the octave break is on tenor. Doesn't matter; what matters is that you can sing the note/pitch in tune. This trains your ear/brain combo what intune sounds like. When you're singing you should also be using your "sax breathing". Proper air support improves your singing voice.
Spend time every session practicing with a metronome. After I've "checked the horn" with various noises it's a metronome for long tones, scales and (at the moment) the Klose exercises. You'd be surprised how much progress targeted practice gets you in a relatively short period of time. But it has to be consistent or you won't make the progress.
🤣 yup!Just like the original :evil: