So, what better way of kick-starting the blog on this sunny first day of September ?
I guess this playing position may be fine for some smooth-talking, slick-haired 20’s lounge-lizard sax player, but can I possibly see myself being comfortable with that for an evenings playing ? Nah… Goodness knows what sort of strain his right elbow is being subjected to, let alone his forward jutting neck…
Thanks to Dan ‘soybean’ Sawyer for sending me the picture, and for his comment “You can see the apparent akwardness of balancing the horn while standing. The strap ring on most C-mels must have been placed for sitting position.”
‘Course, there might just be another reason. The relatively low output of the C-Mel, mostly down to the old mouthpieces that came as standard, might need the sax bell pointing either at the pianist (so she could hear him) or at granny sitting in the corner… Our sound these days mostly seems to go out and up – the sax bell is ideally angled for a microphone just above the bell – whereas this position is competing with the old trumpet, trombone and clarinet players stance’s, where the sound was out and (mostly) horizontal, straight towards the audience for purely acoustic playing.
It’’d be adding insult to injury to have the already muted C-Mel sound bouncing around the ceiling (as often does a lot of ours…) Maybe that’s also why a lot of older sax players automatically leant forwards when they played a solo, to point the bell more towards the audience ?