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by tempomaster
(28 posts)
4 years ago

Growl Sound

Have, by sheer luck, come across a metal mouthpiece (no specs) that yields a Gato Barbieri like sound. Would really appreciate any tips on how one would enhance the growling (raspy?) sound that you hear in some jazz/rock players. Thanks.

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  1. by afogartie
    (6 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Growl Sound

    Easiest way is "sing" with the horn. Try it...actually, quite simple.

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  2. by adetenor
    (68 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Growl Sound

    Make a low growl from your voicebox. Impersonate an angry lion or the rumble of a harley. Without horn. Now with. Do not tighten or alter emb. at all. Yesterday (hard reeds ), i was going to mention breathing from the diaphram, and the importance of an open throat...important in a growl. With all respect, maybe spend a while getting to know the m.p.'s sound and character first. Anyhow....growling. Real easy....good trick......dont overuse it....later.

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  3. by adetenor
    (68 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Growl Sound

    Make a low growl from your voicebox. Impersonate an angry lion or the rumble of a harley. Without horn. Now with. Do not tighten or alter emb. at all. Yesterday (hard reeds ), i was going to mention breathing from the diaphram, and the importance of an open throat...important in a growl. With all respect, maybe spend a while getting to know the m.p.'s sound and character first. Anyhow....growling. Real easy....good trick......dont overuse it....later.

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    1. by tempomaster
      (28 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Growl Sound

      Yes, good point with regards to knowing the m.p. Thanks a million for taking the time to respond. Will work on all points.

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      1. by adetenor
        (68 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Growl Sound

        You are welcome. Do not concern too much about the open throat. It is a somewhat advanced thing. Do though concentrate on breathing from dia....a constant and controlled passage of wind......essential. Do you have a teacher man? I ask, as it would not be cool to confuse my opinions with facts. None of it is a science however.....opinions are all we have

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      2. by adetenor
        (68 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: Growl Sound

        You are welcome. Do not concern too much about the open throat. It is a somewhat advanced thing. Do though concentrate on breathing from dia....a constant and controlled passage of wind......essential. Do you have a teacher man? I ask, as it would not be cool to confuse my opinions with facts. None of it is a science however.....opinions are all we have

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        1. by tempomaster
          (28 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Growl Sound

          Had an outstanding teacher many years ago. For classic alto in Woodwind Quartet. Am now trying to re-invent as jazz tenor player. Long story. F**k science - and facts - this is ART. I place a hgih value on your input and think it's cool you take the time to help.

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        2. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Growl Sound

          My pleasure.

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        3. by adetenor
          (68 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: Growl Sound

          My pleasure.

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