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Posted by ben (Paris) on November 25, 2001 at 05:18:40:
In Reply to: 4 tips (Re: developping personal sound) posted by Jim on November 24, 2001 at 22:00:05:
thank you for your answers.
I forgot to stress that I was speaking more in terms of sound quality thant volume. I've got enough volume, and play acoustic most of the time, even with drummers lately.
I'm really concentrating on learning to play classical music decently nowadays ( my teacher is student of Thierry Barbe, a decent classical player and a very demanded jazz player), and I'm amazed by the difference in sound quality between exclusively jazz trained players and players that have a classical background, which can be heard even when played pizz.
i think it has a lot to do with the left hand being more precise and in control of pressure, vibrato, and fingerings, which allows for a wider sound palette. I think it has a lot to do with playing arco for a while, which leads you to focus on having a clean left hand as well.
I'm amazed at the sound of guys like Bruno Chevillon, which is so controlled and varied. Or that of a non conventional players like Jean Jacques Avenel.
I'm thinking about bringing more colour to what i've been working on for some time, ie dynamic, precision of attack, volume, note contour, length and decay.
I can get a big fat and swinging sound, but that isn't what I'm looking for when I play improvised music, which I love doing. then I want my notes, wether pizz or arco, to have life of their own.
Maybe it's just a question of time and playing arco.
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