[Dixielandjazz] Recording Engineers
jobriant at garlic.com
Thu Jun 9 06:04:20 PDT 2005
Bob Ringwald wrote, in part:
> Contrary to what a lot of people think, the sound
> of a clarinet or sax does not come out of the bell
> of the horn as it does with a trumpet or trombone.
Amen to that!
The only time the sound comes out the bell of a clarinet or sax is when a
clarinet is playing low E or third-space B, meaning that all the tone holes
are closed. Same with a sax -- only the lowest note on the horn comes out
the bell. The rest of the time, much of the sound comes out the open tone
I discovered this phenomenon when I got an Ophicleide a few years ago and
started to learn to play it. As you change notes, the sound move around;
some notes come out way up here, some come out down there, and so on. It's
a really weird change, for a brass player.
I think I better learn the Ophicleide better and see if I'm confident enough
to improvise on it......
-- Jim O'Briant
(in BBb, CC, Eb or F)
& double-belled euphonium
& valve trombone
& serpent, but you don't really want to hear that.
(You may not really want to hear most of the rest of those, either.....)
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