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New Music Books for Saxophone Players

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Music publisher Schott has released a range of new music books for beginner to intermediate players. Here are some of our favourites.
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Saxcraft Saxophone Ligature Review

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Could this new ligature offer the perfect balance of resonance and mouthpiece-reed connection for an authentic vintage sound?
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The Vibrato Saxophone

Saturday, February 06, 2016

In the beginning there was the Grafton. It was an extremely lightweight alternative to the normal brass alto sax; an instrument with something of a cult following and a hit with the likes of Ornette Coleman and a few other top players.
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Saxophone Ligature Update

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s the new year and lots of us are looking for a way to reinvigorate our sound and our playing. Experimenting with a new ligature can be a great way to do this but I’m often asked just how much difference a ligature can actually make to the sound.
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Cebulla Saxophone Neck Strap Review

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I talk to so many players these days who struggle with neck problems.   And if you’re a baritone player then neck problems are even more common. This week I’ve been experimenting with a strap that claims to help.
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How to choose a wireless mic for sax

Monday, January 11, 2016

If you’re doing a fair bit of live playing then chances are you would like to free yourself from the microphone stand.  After all, when you’re steaming away on your solo, you don’t always want to stand still.
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New baritone sax mouthpieces from Corry Bros

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Although we have all been frustrated with our mouthpieces from time to time, not many of us are brave enough to try and make a better one ourselves.
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Dave Koz transcription book

Monday, December 21, 2015

Transcription books can be a great way to quickly learn a player's style.   Buying a collection of transcriptions can help you to really understand what a player is doing in their solos and, along with plenty of critical listening, can be a short cut in the practice room.
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Band in a Box 2015 Review

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Ever wanted to always have a band to play and practice with?   I think most sax players would love to have a band on call in their practice room. After all, playing along with a real band is a great way to fine tune your rhythmic playing and intonation. Plus it’s great fun.
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The Libero Sax Strap Widener Review

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Although we are tempted with a seemingly endless supply of gadgets and accessories in the quest for the ultimate saxophone sound, this might actually be the most important one I’ve come across for a while.
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Theo Wanne

Laurinda Davidson

Ollie Weston

Simon Niblock

Steve Crow

Stephen Power

Susanne Pearce

Craig Buhler

Ben Britton

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