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New Saxophone Albums

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

There have been a bunch of great new albums lately for saxophone players, here are our favourites:
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The best apps for saxophone players

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Are you using apps in the practice studio?  With the incredible range of apps now available, they can be a brilliant tool to boost your practice routine, and help you improve more quickly on saxophone.  Here is a roundup of some of our favourite apps for saxophone players.
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BAM Hightech saxophone case review

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We spend a lot of money on our Saxophones. They are delicate pieces of machinery that we hope to have in our lives for a long time. And most of us carry our Saxophones all over to rehearsals, lessons and gigs by every mode of transport going. I even spent a few years with mine strapped to the back of a motorcycle.
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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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David Sanborn plays Limerick

Friday, January 09, 2015

Whilst it has a strong Jazz scene, Limerick in Ireland has hosted a Jazz festival for just three years.  So, you can imagine my surprise when, having replied “David Sanborn” (as an off-the-top-of-my-head joke) to her question “guess who’s playing at the Limerick Jazz festival this year?”, my partner simply looked at me and said “who told you?”
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Mi Bemol Saxophone Ensemble play Sweden

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

If you think that the saxophone is only a solo jazz instrument think again. Imagine J.S.Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor played on an organ. And then listen to Japanese sax ensemble Mi-Bemol, as they begin with the bass sax, followed by all the others in turn. For an instant I really thought an organ was playing!
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Rafael Ravenscroft

Monday, January 05, 2015

For many people the first saxophone solo they think of when it comes to pop saxophone is the iconic recording of "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. Love it or hate it, it has become one of the most recognised sax lines in history and for many the gateway to a love of saxophone and a desire to start learning.
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Should I Oil My Saxophone?

Saturday, January 03, 2015

One of the simplest things to do when it comes to maintaining your saxophone is oiling. And yet, it is so often overlooked or carried out incorrectly.   Although most of us would agree that oiling your saxophone seems like the right thing to do, few of us are clear about how to do it properly, or how often it should be done.
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Simon Willescroft Interview

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Take a quick survey of who is playing saxophone with the top acts in the UK today and you will find Simon Willescroft at the top of the list.  Simon’s biography reads like a who’s who of the pop industry and his yearly schedule sees him recording and performing all over the world. Simon has been playing with UK pop legends Duran Duran for the last few years and in between tours I managed to catch up with him for a chat about his musical journey.
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Stephen Power

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