DEREK BROWN: How to Beatbox on Sax

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Did you know it’s possible to play the saxophone with a rhythm section all by yourself?  It involves using a few extended techniques (and a LOT of practice) in a unique way that I call “BEATBoX SAX.” Read More

Readers Questions - Why are my reeds wavy?

Friday, October 23, 2015

This month we answer questions about wavy reeds, recording tips and park benches!
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RAY GELATO: Why Blues Players are Important

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Any discussion about great jazz saxophonists will generally mention the same bunch of players - John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and more recently Eric Alexander.
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Illinois Jacquet

Monday, October 19, 2015

The innovative, creative sax sound of Illinois Jacquet has influenced every rhythm and blues and rock and roll sax player since.
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Elan Trotman Interview

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I first heard of this great new contemporary sax player when he toured the UK with smooth jazz legend Peter White.  That was in 2012 and now it seems his name is popping up everywhere! I caught up with Elan in between tours for a chat about his career and how he got started.
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Starting a Band - Making Progress

Tuesday, October 13, 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 through the ups and downs of joining a band.
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How To Transcribe for Saxophone

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Talk to just about any great saxophone player and they will tell you that transcribing has been an integral part of their learning. Read More

Theatre Etiquette for saxophone players

Friday, October 09, 2015

The theatre pit for me is a very special place.  The atmosphere when it’s a good show is electric, and the audience applause still makes my spine tingle. I’ve spent many years playing in almost every theatre in the country and it’s become my first love.
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Should I Swap My New Sax for an Old One?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

If there is one question that is guaranteed to ignite a fiery debate amongst saxophonists, it must surely be the age-old one of which is better, a good new or a good vintage saxophone?
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Tascam LR-10 Recorder Review

Monday, October 05, 2015

Described as an “all in one instrument trainer” the Tascam LR-10 is very compact and offers a host of features useful for someone learning the saxophone.  However this little gismo goes beyond just being a learning tool.
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Transcriptions and tips to develop your tone, fingers and improvisation skills.

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