We have been focusing on the technical parts of playing the saxophone in our lessons. For the first time we will be focusing on a concept that deals strictly with being musical. Let’s Play with Dynamics!
What are Dynamics?
Dynamics direct us as to how loud or soft we should play.
First Dynamic Marking
The first dynamic marking we will learn is piano (not to be confused with the instrument). When reading music, you will not see the whole word written out (piano), but you will see the image below.
Piano– Play softly.
Second Dynamic Marking
The second dynamic marking is mezzo piano.
Mezzo Piano– Play medium soft
Third Dynamic Marking
The third dynamic marking is mezzo forte.
mezzo forte– Play medium loud
Fourth Dynamic Marking
The fourth dynamic marking is forte.
forte– Play loudly
- 0% = minimum volume
- 100% = full volume