A quote from Mr Thomas:What is it
I have listened to the examples on Pete's site but it just sounds like someone playing quietly
am I missing sumut
Thanks. I have made a fair bit of progress with this, though I've not yet managed to sound like Dexter!Subtoning seems simpler to me than we seem to be making it here. The thing I do to subtone is take in less mouthpiece, and use my lower lip much more to cushion than normal. The key thing is you don't want the reed vibrating too much, you use the lower lip to dampen a lot of the sound. Play around with how much you can dampen the reed's vibration with your lower lip. There's a spot where you get the right amount of fundamental, edge, and air that you're looking for.
No , you haven't been going wrong at all. I (and many others as you will notice, use less mouthpiece for subtone). I have discussed this with John and we both agree that whatever works is best. I've just found it best to use less mouthpiece.Ah brilliant, thanks alot for that John. I've been going completly the wrong direction, having less mouthpiece in, and less lip. Definatly going to try this out when i get back home.
Absolutely agree with Pete! I have worked with some players who use less m/p and some who use a little more. A little less bottom lip over the teeth to cushion the reed and a little more, etc. Bottom line..what ever it takes to get a nice full controlled subtone. My suggestion is based upon what works for me but it may not work for the next person.whatever works is best.