Itchy Fingers Reloaded

Monday, November 23, 2015

At the World Saxophone Congress “Sax Open” this year, one of the greatest sax quartets was brought back to life.  It was the first time in 18 years that Itchy Fingers had performed and also marked the 30th anniversary of their first ever concert.
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Readers Questions - Transposition Help for Sax Players

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Transposing from saxophone to piano can be confusing.  This time I answer a readers question about transposition, and share a few tips that will make the process easier to understand. 
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Starting a Band - Switch to Baritone

Thursday, November 19, 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 thrugh the ups and downs of joining a band.
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Gerry Mulligan

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gerry Mulligan is perhaps the greatest, and most famous, baritone sax player of all time.   During his career he played with jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis.
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Collecting Vintage Saxophones

Sunday, November 15, 2015

This month we caught up with Father Matthew Askey - an Anglican priest with a passion for vintage saxophones.
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Tone Workouts for Saxophone

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We all know that tone is important - everyone talks about it, but how do we actually improve it?   Of course there are so many elements to developing your perfect sound. Breathing, posture and throat position are all so important but how about your fitness?
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Andy Sheppard Interview

Monday, November 09, 2015

Since the 1980’s ECM artist Andy Sheppard has been one of the UK’s most identifiable saxophonists.   As a composer and saxophonist he has recorded and toured with so many amazing musicians including free jazz pianist Carla Bley, Gill Evans and John Schofield. I caught up with Andy to chat about the approach to learning saxophone that has made him so successful.
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Why Play Baritone Saxophone?

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Just about all of us start on alto or tenor, but only a few of us venture onto bari sax.  In fact there is a good chance that most people reading this article have never had a blow on a bari, let alone worked professionally playing it. So, how do we make the change and why should we? We spoke to two leading “Bari specialists” in England to find out more. Read More

The Kid and the Cupcake - Greg Fishman

Thursday, November 05, 2015

One day, while teaching a lesson, a student asked, “When you’re improvising, and you’re going to play a scale over a chord, how do you choose your notes?”
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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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Transcriptions and tips to develop your tone, fingers and improvisation skills.

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