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#1 victor j

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Hello guys, as you can see, I'm a noob here, so please go easy :)

 

Anyways, how do you actually get those "rocky" sound. I know you can get it from growling, but how do you exactly create that sound?

 

I don't have a teacher thou, I rely mostly on videos on the internet, and asking questions from friends and forums like this.

 

TIA



#2 Ken Ng

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

Hi Victor, scream "AH" while you blow. try it.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

hum loud into mpc while playing,or buy a high baffle#7mpc.



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:34 AM

The growl is not easy. I use it sparingly. Must sing a note while you breath.

Not necessary the note you sing is identical to the note you play. This provides a more or less powerful growl.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:13 AM

Is it a growl you're looking for or just an edgier sound? A growl can be done by humming while you blow or making a growl using the back of your tongue. As for the edgier sound, it would depend on the mouthpiece, reed and ligature you use. In my experience a Dukoff with a plasticover reed makes my tone more edgy.



#6 BrassMonkey

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

I must try this, thanks.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

You can growl by humming a note other than the one you play. The more different and louder the note, the more intense the growl.  You can also use a flutter tongue which is the same as rolling your 'rrrrr"s while you play.  This also creates a growling effect.  

 

Like other's have mentioned, you may consider a different mouthpiece with a high baffle that gives you a bit more edge to the sound. Dukoff, Jody Jazz, Theo Wanne have fairly bright sounds with a good balance of edge to them.  

 

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:31 PM

Soft reeds should do the trick! 



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:21 PM

you use the back of your tongue and throat, a thinner reed, and a metal mouthpiece, and definitely done on a tenor sax. tenor is what it works best on. and mostly in rock and blues music.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

Try actually "buzzing" out of one side of your mouth while you are playing. I have found this to be the easiest way to produce the growling sound you are after!



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:22 AM

One thing that I didn't see mentioned...don't use the octave key when doing this. Force the low note up an octave...I get a good grrrowl (especially on my tenor) when I do this. Start with the middle of the horn G,F,E...and go from there.

 

Great song to practice on is, of course, Night Train.  



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:03 PM

i must try those suggestions ^^



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:15 PM

You just use your voice to put sound into the mouthpiece while you play. The pitch you use can affect the sound of the growl. You have to experiment and develop the technique. It is pretty easy to learn and do. Just takes a bit of getting used to it. Have fun.



#14 kwje123

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:26 PM

I don't know if this explanation would work but here's how I do it. I try to say the letter O and make the O sound. Then afterwards, I try to say O while I have a mouthpiece. Afterwards, try to blow a note while making the sound. 

 

Generally, I try to think of almost singing/humming the song to achieve the growl you are looking for.

 

Hope this helps.






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