I've been searching around this site for a few weeks, and have found tons of great info, so I thought Id run something by you guys...
Ive only been playing for about a month (alto) and Ive been doing well, but I have some trouble breathing during practice sessions, and especially after Im done. Now, I know part of that is just that I need to keep practicing to strengthen my lungs a bit and get them used to blowing in this way (I do have some breath control. I used to play the flute, and was a singer), but I also have asthma and my overall lung function isnt good (20 years of smoking). Im playing on a rental Hunter right now which is not particularly good, but it serves it's purpose at the moment. Im saving up to buy a horn of my own and during my search for the right one, I mentioned to my father (who used to play tenor) that I am looking for the most free-blowing horn I can find, to ease my breathing issues a bit. Obviously, There is no magical horn that will breathe for me, so I know i still need to get my lungs as strong as they can be, but he made an interesting comment, and I was wondering if anyone here could either confirm his thoughts, or confirm my thought that he is wrong...He said, very definitively, that a free-blowing horn will make no difference to me at all. That "free-blowing" vs "stuffy" vs "average" would only be apparent to a professional, but that a beginner would feel no difference whatsoever.
That sounded strange to me. Infact, that sounded completely backward to me. I would have thought that a pro would be so well trained that they could play on anything that felt right to them, while a beginner could find a much easier time learning on a sax that allowed air to move freely. Especially a beginner who has mild trouble breathing without a horn in their mouth. (I should mention that my breathing problems are not bad enough to prevent me from playing well, or properly, down the road when i improve my technique. It just makes something that is difficult for a lot of people to get good at a little more difficult for me. not a tragety - just extra frustrating)
So, should I really not be looking specifically for a model that is made to be particularly free-blowing? Would I really not feel the difference? Just seems so strange, if it is true. I was thinking he's either screwing with me, or trying to keep me from overspending on a model that is supposed to be very free blowing, but is also beyond what i need right now (been looking at the Yani 901). Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!