Practice ideas for developing a free and efficient tone.
Saxophone Sound Basics
Hi Dave, thanks for accepting me here. I’d just like to say how informative your video on sound production is, I have all my students watch it. As players we don’t often think of how we do something, in the process of practise we may stumble upon a good sound and say ‘hey, that sound’s good – I’ll keep doing that’ without thought of how we might have come across it. However, as teachers, we are often placed in the situation to ask ourselves exactly how we do do it through a student’s inquiry. Sound production is one such area, how to sub-tone, how to increase the breadth of sound, or how to produce overtones. On the web there are a plethora of videos on how to improve one’s sound, but I find the majority either misinformed of totally vague. It can be like completing a PhD by using Wikipedia as your only source of information! I thank you very much for the video and have incorporated the method into my teaching practice with great success, I also sometimes ask them to sing the melody they are attempting to learn through the horn, fingering the notes but not producing the sound. I find this can help them pitch the notes before they play them. Thanks again and I hope we can stay in touch.