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How to develop tone in the low register on saxophone

Monday, February 08, 2016

The saxophone is capable of a huge range of sounds spanning from Ben Webster’s warm and lush tone to late-Coltrane’s powerful and strident approach.
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Tackling Tuning on Saxophone

Monday, December 07, 2015

Although most of us know that we should work on our tuning, how do we actually improve it?
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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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A Students Progress: Place to Practice

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I’ve been thinking about moving home... and one major consideration is how close the new house might be to other people. While I’m never criticized for being overly gregarious, I’m not completely a-social either. But, I am very glad that I currently live in a detached house with several hundred meters between me and my nearest neighbour.
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A Students Progress: Mastering Scales

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This month’s learning for me is about how the chore of playing scales was made easier through an emotional connection  My saxophone teacher is helping me to improvise around a couple of well known jazz standards: “All the Things You Are” and “In a Sentimental Mood”.
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Saxophone Repertoire for beginners

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Choosing the right method book and correlating solo repertoire can be a deciding factor in a beginning saxophone student’s success.  An exciting performance is usually the result of performing quality repertoire with enthusiasm!
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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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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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A Students Progress: Getting Started

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In this regular column, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve and letting you in on the trials and tribulations that I am experiencing on my journey to becoming a competent saxophonist.
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5 Ways To Maximise Every Saxophone Practice Session

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Your practice time is precious. Although we all know how important it is to practice regularly, most us struggle to get into a rhythm with our practice schedule. And worse still, many of us are jeapordising our chances of getting the most out of our practice sessions by not having a strategy or plan to succeed.
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Contributing writers:

Theo Wanne

Laurinda Davidson

Ollie Weston

Simon Niblock

Steve Crow

Stephen Power

Susanne Pearce

Craig Buhler

Ben Britton

and Nigel McGill