Improve your sax playing with mind power

Sunday, May 08, 2016

How can you accelerate your skills on the sax – when you don’t have a sax handy? The easy way is to use your mind.  There are decades' worth of studies proving that mental rehearsal is almost as good as concrete practice.
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How to get funding for a jazz project

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As a lifelong student of music, and jazz in particular, I’m continually looking to develop as an artist, improviser, composer, or mentor. One way to do this is to create new musical projects.
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A Students Progress: New Price or Demo Price?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I’m coming close to the long-awaited point where I will be in a position to buy the new (and relatively expensive) saxophone that I have promised myself as a retirement present.
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Tom Scott and the LA Express: Tom Cat

Friday, August 21, 2015

This album is one of the most iconic from 70s group Tom Scott and the LA Express. Find out why Fred Vidgor from the Average White Band loves this album, and why you should check it out too.
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Fred Vigdor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For the last 20 years Fred Vigdor has been touring the world with the amazing Average White Band. I saw the band perform recently in England and caught up with Fred after the show to talk about his career.
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Conn Saxophone Conversion

Monday, August 17, 2015

As sax players we are all searching for the "Holy Grail" of saxophones.   Ask most people what their ultimate sax would be and the usual answer is "a Selmer Mark VI from 1956-1962".
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Clarence Clemons

Thursday, August 13, 2015

At 6’4” tall, Clarence Clemons was known as “the Big Man”.  A sax player, musician and actor, Clarence Clemons was best known for his close partnership with Bruce Springsteen in the E Street Band.
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Starting a Band - A Huge Step Forward

Tuesday, August 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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Doubling Technique for Sax Players

Sunday, August 09, 2015

John Franchi has been playing soprano, alto and tenor saxes, clarinet, flute, alto flute and piccolo in recording studios, theatres and concert halls for over 50 years. In this series he shares what he has learned about technique, styles, and the etiquette of studio and theatre playing.
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Jim King's What's New in Smooth Jazz

Friday, August 07, 2015

Legendary smooth Jazz radio DJ and promoter Jimi King gives us a run down of his top picks of new album releases this month.
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