Improve your sax playing with mind power

Sunday, May 08, 2016

How can you accelerate your skills on the sax – when you don’t have a sax handy? The easy way is to use your mind.  There are decades' worth of studies proving that mental rehearsal is almost as good as concrete practice.
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How to develop tone in the low register on saxophone

Monday, February 08, 2016

The saxophone is capable of a huge range of sounds spanning from Ben Webster’s warm and lush tone to late-Coltrane’s powerful and strident approach.
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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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A Students Progress: New Price or Demo Price?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I’m coming close to the long-awaited point where I will be in a position to buy the new (and relatively expensive) saxophone that I have promised myself as a retirement present.
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A Students Progress: Place to Practice

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I’ve been thinking about moving home... and one major consideration is how close the new house might be to other people. While I’m never criticized for being overly gregarious, I’m not completely a-social either. But, I am very glad that I currently live in a detached house with several hundred meters between me and my nearest neighbour.
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Out of time to practice saxophone?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Do you feel as though you don’t have any time for your saxophone?  Difficult isn’t it? You probably have a regular job, family or caring responsibilities, household chores, volunteering commitments, not to mention dealing with bills, emails, and all the other calls on our time every day.
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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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A Students Progress: Mastering Scales

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This month’s learning for me is about how the chore of playing scales was made easier through an emotional connection  My saxophone teacher is helping me to improvise around a couple of well known jazz standards: “All the Things You Are” and “In a Sentimental Mood”.
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Saxophone Repertoire for beginners

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Choosing the right method book and correlating solo repertoire can be a deciding factor in a beginning saxophone student’s success.  An exciting performance is usually the result of performing quality repertoire with enthusiasm!
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A Students Progress: A Little Knowledge is Dangerous

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My theme this month is on having a little knowledge…and how it may be a dangerous thing.
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