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Young Col

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Hey Tommy, how long you been playing? Great tone plus dynamics, vibrato and some nice little upward bends. And the timing's not bad for unaccompanied either. Nice accoustic hall. Wish the tenors in my sax band had that tone and projection.
Good stuff for a first.
Colin
 
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Tommy Ng

Tommy Ng

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Hey Tommy, how long you been playing? Great tone plus dynamics, vibrato and some nice little upward bends. And the timing's not bad for unaccompanied either. Nice accoustic hall. Wish the tenors in my sax band had that tone and projection.
Good stuff for a first.
Colin
Hi Young,

Thanks for the comments. I like playing in the hall as it sounds better and i can play as loud as possible. Well, the timing is a bit out.

I bought this tenor about 3 months ago. It is an old Jupiter 500. I still use the Jupiter 4C mpc with java #2.

I picked up saxophone about 1.5 year ago (after stop playing for almost 20 years).

The middle D and E are very dull and they can't be pushed at all. Am thinking to get a new mpc to see if it helps.
 

Taz

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I think your right Tommy, it does sound a little flat, try pushing the mouthpiece on a little further. That should cure the problem. Other than that, it sounds very very nice, although I'd try to pick a track that doesn't have any sax on it otherwise it can become a bit of a competition. Good tone, I like it.
 
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Tommy Ng

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I think your right Tommy, it does sound a little flat, try pushing the mouthpiece on a little further. That should cure the problem. Other than that, it sounds very very nice, although I'd try to pick a track that doesn't have any sax on it otherwise it can become a bit of a competition. Good tone, I like it.
Hi Taz,

Thank you so much for the comment. I did try to push the mouthpiece as far as i could. I probably need to chop part of the crook off.

I am not sure, would it be because i record it in a "hall" and that makes the sound flat??? If i am not mistaken, instruments are tuned a but higher in concert halls... anyway, i could be wrong.

Ya, i also prefer to have no saxophone in the backing track. :thankyou:

Do you consider my sax sound as bright at all ???

Tom.
 

Taz

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Yes your tone is quite bright, but I don't think it's fully developed yet. I think it will mellow down a little more as you improve and as your diaphragm and breath control develop.
This is just a personal thing, but I feel that you should try to be more accurate when hitting some of the higher notes. Sometimes it sounds really nice to bend a note up, other times (and this is only my opinion) it sounds awful. Please don't take these comments personally as I can sound like I'm being a bit harsh! :D
 
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Tommy Ng

Tommy Ng

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Yes your tone is quite bright, but I don't think it's fully developed yet. I think it will mellow down a little more as you improve and as your diaphragm and breath control develop.
This is just a personal thing, but I feel that you should try to be more accurate when hitting some of the higher notes. Sometimes it sounds really nice to bend a note up, other times (and this is only my opinion) it sounds awful. Please don't take these comments personally as I can sound like I'm being a bit harsh! :D
Thank you so much for your comment. I do need this kind of comments. I have problem on high E, it does sound pretty flat. Would it be because i use 4C MP and #2 java??
 

Taz

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I couldn't say as to what the cause is, it may be your mouthpiece/reed combination, it may be a weakness in your embouchure/air support. If you alter your mpc setup before you have a good embouchure you won't know which caused your tone issue. Perhaps you should leave things as they are for several months and then record yourself again. You may well see a difference then.
Keep having fun with it though, that's the whole point!
 

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Whilst played ok, I felt that the vibrato let you down, too course & wide - sounds just like me!! I'm sure others could add some more constructive comments.

Don't understand why this thread goes unanswered as it is great that we post recordings, I believe it helps.. appreciated.
 
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Tommy Ng

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Whilst played ok, I felt that the vibrato let you down, too course & wide - sounds just like me!! I'm sure others could add some more constructive comments.

Don't understand why this thread goes unanswered as it is great that we post recordings, I believe it helps.. appreciated.
Thank you so much for the comment.... ya, need to improve my vibrato and intonation. I also notice that the way i end a note is bad sometime.

I use "diaphragm vibrato" and that might be why it is deep and wide ??? :confused: ... anyway, still learning...

I have a question about sub tone, do you think my low notes, especially the "E" is considered a sub tone?

cheers,

tom
 
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