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by BariBryse
(1 post)
2 weeks ago

Smoking Weed and Playing Sax

So, I'm a jazz musicican at my local highschool, which has the best music program in the pacific northwest. I started smoking weed in eighth grade, at first smoking once every few weeks, to every single day, and especially when practicing my Bari. I've practiced while smoking for about a month now, and I've noticed my playing has significantly improved, as well as my ability to improvise and do so while maintaining a melodic sound. I'm concerned with how the long term effects could impact my playing, or my ability to play. How is it (being stoned) when preforming in front of an audience? Does anyone with experience in this area have any advice? Thanks.

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  1. by kelsey
    (925 posts)

    2 weeks ago

    Re: Smoking Weed and Playing Sax

     Smoking dope will make you think you're sounding good and when actually you suck. I am a 79 year old working jazz musician. Over many years I've been around lots of differen't guys who were doing weed when they play and it's always the same. Sober is the hip way to go!

    Barry Kelsey

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  2. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (131 posts)

    2 weeks ago

    Re: Smoking Weed and Playing Sax

    It sounds to me that you are just playing more and that is why you are improving.

    Try it without the pot.

    I know its legal, but give sobriety a chance.

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  3. by GFC
    (631 posts)

    2 weeks ago

    Re: Smoking Weed and Playing Sax

    I've known some players who do awesome stuff when they're high but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule.  The other side of the coin is players who get high and lose focus.  It's very frustrating to work with people like that.  Good players might get a boost into the creative zone with pot - it does open up listening - but it never made a mediocre player good and loss of focus assures stagnation.

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