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music to sound full, balanced, and at the appropriate volume and with the appropriate tone qualtiy as indicated by a musical score. "That chord needs to sound fat." Music is difficult to describe technically. Musicians need ways to describe sound that make sense, and in context, using words like “thick” make sense. Tones in music are simply difficult to describe, and using words that have meaning otherwise generally make sense. In this case, one could think of fat as being a sort of a full and round sound. Using words like this indicate to people to change the way they play their instrument slightly. Each individual plays his or her instrument differently, and will use different techniques to create a different sound. Simply saying "use a smaller embouchure" doesn’t work, though the actual physical way this is done is by changing the embouchure, the air speed through an instrument, etc. Individuals know via muscle memory how to create sounds, so saying “make a warm sound” makes more sense than saying “change your embouchure.”
 
Did you hear how fat that chord sounded!?
Source : Chuck Throckmorton, Director of Bands, Rice University
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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