Playing alto 2 ⅓ years
The Silencer is a great tool.
Agreed. I find every type of reed very different for overtone ease. And even within each type (I have 2 and 2.5 Vandoren blue and jazz, some synth including the amazing Green Monster in 3). Just as each reed feels a little different, they definitely are more or less good at reaching certain overtones on the same mouthpiece and ligature.Harder reed make it easier but you sacrifice tone down low.
I think the worst thing is to be in a hurry with this.Water under the bridge: It's been almost three months since I began working a few minutes a day on the overtones. I'v seen a lot of progress, but the D is still only an occasional gift on most reeds. There are some that make it almost attainable. Right now, I can descend from 8 to 1 and hit the D, but I can't maintain it. This said, it has definitely helped my altissimo, I can hit any note I want up there, which, on alto is up to high B or C is I stretch it. I just need to keep practicing to make it possible to move around these notes in a musical way.
When I say rush, I wasn’t talking just about you.Reminds me of a friend who wanted to play trumpet. He spoke to a local famous player who told him to practice with the mouthpiece only for a year and come back for lessons
I wouldn't call a few minutes a day a rush. But the results are pretty convincing. G was impossible for me for many months and it's on of the two most important notes. The other is A.
A dear friend of my was a superb portrait artist. He gave his daughter lessons, and she was allowed to paint with only black and white for over a year. He felt it was necessary to master contrast before venturing into color.But it would be interesting to see how you felt after one week, of this narrow, focused approach.