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Jason Marshall Masterclass

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hard hitting New York baritone saxman Jason Marshall took to the stage at sax.co.uk's London store this month.  The evening comprised of the band playing Jazz standards which included the likes of 'Cherokee', 'Stablemates' and 'Hard Times'.
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Backing Tracks for Saxophone Players

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Backing tracks are one of the most powerful tools you can use in your practice sessions.   Short of actually playing with a real band, a backing track is your next best option because it encourages you to not only have a great sense of time, but to listen to what else is going on in the band.
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Steps Ahead: Magnetic

Sunday, June 21, 2015

70s supergroup Steps Ahead recorded a bunch of albums. With Michael Brecker on saxophone, arguably at the peak of his career, these albums are a "must listen" for all saxophonists. Find out why we think "Magnetic" is the best of all.
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Andy Snitzer Interview

Friday, June 19, 2015

From Miles Davis to the Rolling Stones, Andy Snitzer is one of the busiest and most successful touring musicians on the scene today.   I caught up with Andy just before he set off on a European tour with Paul Simon and Sting, to have a chat about his career and his approach to learning saxophone.
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How to fix the octave key on saxophone

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My saxophone worked fine yesterday but today I can't get a note out of it.  As a repair man this is something I hear all the time. The good news is that more often than not, this is due to octave key problems - and they are easy to fix when you know how.
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To Bb or Not Bb

Monday, June 15, 2015

Few people realise that there are actually four alternatives to playing a Bb on the saxophone (some may even say five!)  I have often inherited students who are trying to play complicated passages that can be simplified easily by just choosing a different way of playing the note Bb. In this article I’d like to clarify which Bb is best used in different situations.
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Harvey Pittel - American Saxophone Virtuoso

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The New York times calls him "A master on his instrument - he combined stunning virtuosity with impeccable musicianship, in addition to which he produced the most beautiful and pure tone I have ever heard from a saxophone.”  Professor Todd Oxford looks at the life of the life of this saxopohne legend.
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Starting a Band - New Members

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Follow our student sax player Brad as he starts his own band.  This month Brad struggles to find some new band members.
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Sax in the Studio - Part 1

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

In this two part series, recording artist Dean Mongerio talks us through how he recorded his latest album “Interchange”. This month Dean discusses how he prepared and planned the recording.
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EWI 5000 Review

Friday, June 05, 2015

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