You might think it’s the goal to play your saxophone loudly.
But a lot of people can do that.
Many musicians play too loud. And just like if someone yells all the time, you kind of stop listening…..
What’s impressive is using dynamics effectively.
Playing sax softly can be tough too. It requires more skill to get a good sound with a very soft note.
So practice playing notes as softly as you can (part of the time). I do that with part of my long tones.
Saxophone players who can play softly usually have the ability to play loudly too.
And when they play softly, they can still play with power. The volume just comes down.
You want to keep the intensity in your sound, even when it’s not loud.