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Thick

adjective; analogy
music to have a fully voiced and resonant musical chord in tune and at a proper dynamic level. 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 thick as being a sort of a full sound- a sound that basically uses all the timbres of the instrument. 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.”
 
This chord is too thin, can we make it a little thicker, please?
Etymology : thick. analogy.
Source : Context and source: Chuck Throckmorton, Director of Bands
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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