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Saxophone Heaven in London

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Whilst in London recently for I popped in for a cuppa with the boys at Sax.co.uk to check out their new London “super store”. I’ve seen a few saxophone stores in my time.
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Hank Mobley: Soul Station

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Find out why we love this classic album from hard bop tenor man Hank Mobley.
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A Students Progress: A Little Knowledge is Dangerous

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My theme this month is on having a little knowledge…and how it may be a dangerous thing.
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Nelson Rangell Interview

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Contemporary jazz artist Nelson Rangell has been an inspiration for many young sax and flute players since his first album release with the prestigious GRP label in 1987. I caught up with Nelson to discuss his career and his 2 new album releases.
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Replacing a saxophone neck cork

Friday, April 17, 2015

A missing cork can render your saxophone clunky and unplayable but it’s a relatively easy and quick fix.  Our saxophones have a number of small corks that help the mechanism to work accurately and quietly. It’s not uncommon to have some of these fall off from time to time, or simply wear out from use.
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Hank Crawford

Monday, April 13, 2015

When discovering a new player it’s always a brilliant exercise to find out where their inspiration came from.  Often you can track back that line of influence in sound and melodic approach and in doing so learn a lot about what makes up a style.
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Starting a Band - Getting Better All The Time

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Playing saxophone on your own is great, but for many people, the goal is to play with other musicians. In this series we follow a Sax School member through the ups and downs of joining a band.
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Quick Guide to Reed Adjusting

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Want to get learn how to make more of your reeds work but don't want to spend hours learning? Here's a quick start guide with the essential info you need.
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Marius Neset: Pinball

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Usually for me, January is a test of endurance.  Freezing cold and hours of darkness coupled with a post Christmas slump in work. But this year it was different. No, not a Christmas holiday to Australia; two of my favourite tenor players both recorded new albums and released them in the same week.
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Why does my saxophone squeak?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

During my teaching career, I have often had students that start to squeak while playing.  Usually this is the realm of a beginner, but sometimes out of the blue an accomplished student will start to squeak on some notes, to have the end of the phrase become a cacophony of unplanned bird song.
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Simon Niblock

Steve Crow

Stephen Power

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