A recent email I received recently from a fellow sax player (whom I hadn't met before):
Thanks for posting your youtube videos on sound. I have been playing saxophone as a hobby for over 20 years. I have done long tones and overtones but not as religiously as I should perhaps. I have been trying to figure out why I can't get the "sound" I want for years.
My question, after my long boring rant is how do I get that sound. I mean I know long tones & overtones, but I don't know, I just don't get that sound. Thanks in advance!
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Can you relate to this?
I can, and I've thought about it quite a bit for quite a long time. Here's what I've concluded:
The bottom line is this: if we can imagine it, we can play it.
In terms of sound, this means we have to develop two skills: (1) our tonal imagination and (2) our body's ability to allow the sound we imagine to come out of the horn.
Stop for a moment and think about item #2. Think about its implications. Think about what you might do in your practice time to address this.
I can assure you two things: (1) this is not an overnight process, but (2) it is the most direct and effective way to get what you're looking for in terms of getting "that sound."
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What are your experiences in developing your "sound" on your intrument? Drop me a note and tell me.