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by n0tagreatusername
(1 post)
2 years ago

Jackie McLean "squeals"?

Hi all,

I'm wondering if any of you could tell me more about Jackie McLean's incredible "squeals", for instance here at 2:12 & 2:20 & 6:06

How does he achieve this sound? He seems to hit a concert Bb and F beyond the alto range. Is it to do with the embouchure?

I don't play sax but I'd still love to know what's going on! Thanks :)

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  1. by historicsaxwhisperer
    (637 posts)

    2 years ago

    Re: Jackie McLean "squeals"?

    That is a controlled squeal or squeak. You can do it by putting your teeth on the reed instead or curling your lip over the teeth.

    Any middle school saxophonist has mastered this art of being annoying and irritating.

    Jackie is just using it as an annoying sound affect.

    Thanks for Sharing!!!

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