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How do I improve my sound?

Long Tones - Recorded Models


As you progress on your instrument, it is important to continue to improve the quality of the sound that comes out of your instrument. 


Practice Long Tones: The best way to practice and improve your tone quality is by holding notes for 8, 12, or 16 seconds and trying to make as clear and as beautiful a sound as possible.  Do this on low notes, middle notes, and high notes: any note that needs to sound better. 



But how do you know if you are getting a good sound?  You should listen to a professional musician's sound to get an idea of what your instrument is supposed to sound like.  A recorded model helps you understand better than any other explanation.  Click on the links below, which take you to a specific cd for your instrument.  Scroll down and click to listen to the samples of some of the tracks on the cd. 


Flute Trumpet
Oboe  Horn
 Clarinet Trombone
Bass Clarinet Baritone: listen to the tracks with Brian Bowman: #3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12
Bassoon Tuba-two

Saxophone samples:


 Sax quartet

Brass Quintet


Also, the Dallas Brass has a fantastic set of links for each instrument:




There are many other places on the music where you can get a good idea of what your instrument should sound like, so surf around and see what you can find!