I own the E-Sax for Tenor. It keeps me from disturbing my crazy upstairs neighbor. It does have a couple of drawbacks: it is very hard to play in the low register (C & lower), the intonation on some notes can be iffy, & it is ver cumbersome/heavy. But, it reduces the volume 60-70%. Glad I have it > wish it wasn't necessary.The e-Sax Electronic Whisper Mute seems to be a good invention, especially the one for tenor sax.
A friend is practicing with one of them and loves it since the moment he put his sax into it for the very first time.
He tested it in a similar situation, with family members working different shifts.
They are not cheap, but worth it if you'd have to leave your family or the sax behind.
For practising quietly/almost silently a mute case is great but its not great for your playing and you still need to practice without it.
I have one for alto and can practise at almost any hour of the day and night without upsetting the neighbours(apartment)
(its an older style apartment with nice thick brick walls).
If your still at school, can you make it to school 30 minutes or an hour earlier a couple/few times a week to get in your practice ?
Or get permission to practice at lunch time in a classroom ?
If your passonate about playing you will find a way!
but it is important not to **** your family off - negotiate your practise times with them.
Are these e-Sax mutes really good? I ordered one for alto over 2 months ago and am expecting it to arrive in the next few days. At 400 Euros it isn't cheap, so I hope it works.
Adolph designed field horns. Learning to fully articulate at pianissimo is great exercise for the old armature. (But I admit that I tend to switch over to my EWI under similar circumstances, and maybe use headphones.)
My wife always tells me that she prefers guitar (which I don't play) after she hears me playing my tenor. I'm beginning to think there's a bigger message in thereI play an alto saxophone, and have for a few years off and on, but every time I practice I get complaints from my family about being "too loud," and sometimes they will even go as far as to call my playing squawky. And I also hear that they like the way that the tenor sounds more than my alto... They tell me that I should learn to play the soprano because it would be both quieter or to play the tenor because it has a better tone.
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I'm pretty sure that the problem's not really volume - although all saxes are loud - but that you are just beginning?
Good pitch and tone takes quite a lot of time and practise. Squawky doesn't really equal loudness. Unfortunately to improve you have to play more - it's a Catch 22
I have a soundproofed practise booth which I use a lot which has made regular night practise possible even with a toddler.
Try playing in a wardrobe/closet with lots of clothes and heavy jackets etc.
Vintage saxes, flutes and clarinets... way too many
Some sax players, according to their setups can be very loud. I am and I like it. I have to wear earplugs because of this since many years ago. With a decibelimeter (a device that measures the decibels) I have been around 120 dBA many times.
Being loud, not necessarily means you have a good sound, but playing acoustically can help somehow. Be proud of your sound and develop it. Whenever the microphones guy says you do not need one is kind of funny and look to the others musicians face as they "need" to be plugged to match you... is cool.
roll your bottom lip out, loud and full is awesome, loud and squawky sounds like bottom teeth pushing through bottom lip opposed to the bottom lip out and cushioning the reed. There are a couple of great videos on youtube by Bergonzi and Garzone about embouchure and the bottom lip.
The Martin "Official Music Man" tenor, Barone black tenor, The Martin baritone, Richards Martin Indiana alto, Martin Handcraft alto, cheap Chinese soprano, Metalite mouthpieces, Plasticover reeds, Nord Electro 5D, bunch of other instruments
I had an old Conn mouthpiece called an Eagle. It was about 1/2 as loud as a Selmer C*. Maybe a mouthpiece finisher/refacer (several here on the forum) can make you something that doesn't project.
Yanagisawa A-9930 alto (silver neck/body) Vandoren AL-3 mouthpiece w/Bonade lig, Hemke 2.5 reeds
Yanagisawa A-901 alto w/92 bronze neck
Keilwerth SX90R black nickel tenor, Vandoren TL-5 mouthpiece, Rovner Platinum lig La Voz med hard reeds
Yanagisawa T-901 tenor
Sankyo Etude flute
I'd tell your family to eff themselves.I play an alto saxophone, and have for a few years off and on, but every time I practice I get complaints from my family about being "too loud," and sometimes they will even go as far as to call my playing squawky. And I also hear that they like the way that the tenor sounds more than my alto... They tell me that I should learn to play the soprano because it would be both quieter or to play the tenor because it has a better tone.
But is the soprano really any less loud than the alto? And how about the tenor, is it louder?
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Not fun but beneficial...LONG TONES...played with a tuner as you work on your pianissimo and keep your intonation.
Is it fun? Nope? But will it make you sound a helluva lot better? Of course.
If it's worth it, you should work for it.
On any sax you should be able to play from absolute air your (lowest) Bb1 in ppp and be within 10 cents (tempered). All that takes is time, a few beers (with friends) and good ears handy from well hearing (and well meaning) friends to tell you when you're really mucking things up.