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Kirk Whalum Lesson

Discussion in 'Smooth & Fusion' started by Flipper2008, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Flipper2008

    Flipper2008 Member

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    Man this is such good philosophy, and the circular breathing is amazing too, definately worth watching.

    [YOUTUBE]5EB2yLJYivo[/YOUTUBE]

    Flipp.
     
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    Taz Busking Oracle

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    38 years.......... only 33 to go!! :w00t: :))):)))
    Fantastic thanks for posting, and just as I thought I was getting better ha ha ha!
     
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    There you go, 'something to work on when you've nothing else to do'!

    Taz, I've heard that the first 37 years are the hardest.
    But blimey
     
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    gladsaxisme Well-Known Member

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    My goodness

    I just wish I understood one tenth of that never mind actually doing it:w00t:
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Thanks for this posting Flipper, but you have me in a quandary now after listening to your post iv'e checked out Kirk Whalum and he is brilliant, but now i'm thinking i should get a tenor !!!


    very good
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzXIUXEB5n4
     
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    Flipper2008 Member

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    Hey Trimmy, Im glad you liked the Kirk Whalum post, as for switching to Tenor, I did not very long ago and hardly touch the Alto now. The tenor is far easier to blow, it just takes a little more diaphram volume to get the low notes out and looser lips :). Maybe if you know someone who has one they may let you give it a try.

    peace

    Flipp
     
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    kevgermany Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Go for it, the tenor is so much richer!
     
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    gladsaxisme Well-Known Member

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    But the ALTO is perfection in saxophone......(BIG SPOON OUT)
     
  9. trimmy

    trimmy One day i will...

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    Hmmm how difficult would it be to learn both ? I do love playing alto, but also love the sound of tenor, maybe it's better to learn to walk before i can run as the saying goes.
     
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    kevgermany Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    I bought an alto a year after getting the tenor. It's not too difficult, and I believe it makes you less fussy about reeds and so on. You learn to control your embouchure more by playing both.

    I've found it harder to get a good tone on the alto, but probably because I don't play it as often.
     
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    BigMartin Well-Known Member

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    ..but which is better? There's only one way to find out...

    Fight!


    (That's a Harry Hill reference, for those of you unfortunate enough to have not seen him).

    I'm currently learning both. Mostly concentrating on tenor, as that's what I play on the band I'm in, but try to do two or three days a week on alto. I find the transition from alto to tenor much easier than the other way round, as my alto set up gives my chops more of a work-out (tighter embouchure). I struggle a bit when I start back on the alto, but still love it for it's "perkiness". Wouldn't want to give up on either, but I suppose it's partly a question of how much time you've got (usually 1-2hrs a day for me).
     
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    Kirk Whalum is one of my favourite tenor players, his sound is so meaningful and soulful it gives me goosebumps. Found this lesson on Youtube a while ago, and it made me realise one thing...I've a lot or practice in front of me to even get anywhere near to be able to do what he is talking about :) One day my idea is if I get good enough on tenor I'd love to play Alto too.
     
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    visionari1 Senior Member

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    Hi filpp

    Good find that you tube....the most amazing thing for me is that he is doing that without reading anything....it's all ears and feeling , he really knows what he's doing , yes 37 years and allot of talent and the right brain set, and determination is what it takes , but as he says always keep pushing yourself to improve....I really get a sense of how much fun practising seems to be for him!

    Thanks for posting.

    Just to join in on the Alto/Tenor debate, I love Alto and Soprano, I've tried tenors, for me they feel to heavy, hard to blow and cumbersome, but yeah I love the sound, I don't think its lack of wind capacity, though I haven't spent any time on them, just trying them out in a Shop, even top line one's did nothing for me!
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Recieved my 1st Kirk Whalum cd today "the best of" great tunes my fave at the min is The Promise, listenening as i catch up on the forum :)
     
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    The Promise is a very moving tune I think, you should also try the "In This Life" CD - really soulful playing it that too. A favorites album is a good place to start :)
     
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    Brill!
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    I'm going to see the man live tommorow night :happydance: can't wait, he's playing in a small theatre (400 seater) so it will be an intimate performance, he will be with soul/gospel singer John Stoddart. http://www.liverpoollighthouse.com/grammy-award-winner-kirk-whalum-and-john-stoddart/
    I only seen the flyer last week and thought the tickets would be sold out, so was very very pleased to get 2 tickets
    Very much looking forward to it :)
     
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    You lucky lucky....
     
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    trimmy One day i will...

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    Very very :D

    A few pics(not taken by me)
    Kirk Whalum 3.jpg Kirk Whalum 2.jpg Kirk Whalum.jpg
    I do have a pic of myself with KW signing a cd (sad i know)
     
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