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Are you a Sax Widow?

Friday, September 25, 2015

While you are worrying about your ligature or the strength of your reed, spare a thought for the Sax Widow (or Widower – we aren’t sexist here).   The Sax Widow is a long-suffering creature. They must endure, sometimes for many months, the goose-like honks emitted by their new-found sax enthusiast.
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The Rise of Chinese Saxophone Manufacturing

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Just about any saxophone you buy these days up to a certain price point will have been manufactured in China.  And you might be surprised to know that even some more expensive "professional" range instruments from big brand companies are made there. Many are really great quality, well designed instruments. But it wasn't always like this.
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Dave O'Higgins

Saturday, September 19, 2015

From performing with Frank Sinatra to touring the USA with Darius Brubeck, Dave is one of the busiest and most successful sax players to come out of the UK.   I caught up with Dave to have a chat about his approach to learning saxophone and find out more about his recent recording project.
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Understanding Saxophone Mouthpieces

Thursday, September 17, 2015

When it comes to choosing a new mouthpiece the options available can be completely bewildering.  Hard rubber vs metal, tip opening, facing, baffles and chamber size - it can be difficult to know where to start.
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EWI Tips - It's all about the "W"

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

As EWI-ers we are given an amazing opportunity to express ourselves.   Unlike a saxophone, clarinet or flute, with EWI we have a huge (and almost infinitely expandable) palate of sounds at our disposal but, most importantly, one of the most expressive interfaces to play those sounds.
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Playing saxophone in an orchestra

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Playing saxophone with a symphony orchestra is one of the most amazing and terrifying experiences you can have on stage.  Although we don’t normally associate the saxophone with orchestral music, there is quite a lot of standard repertoire that does use the saxophone and it’s even more popular with modern composers.
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Starting a Band - Back on Track

Friday, September 11, 2015

Playing saxophone on your own is great, but many 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 create your own sound and style on saxophone

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

How do you go about developing your own sound?   And how do you emulate the styles of other players? London theatre veteran John Franchi explains.
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The Saxophone by Stephen Cottrell

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Over the last few years Yale University Press have published some brilliant books in their Musical Instrument series.  The latest addition - The Saxophone - is a fantastic work that really is the most comprehensive book on saxophone to date.
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The Braithophone

Thursday, September 03, 2015

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Ollie Weston

Simon Niblock

Steve Crow

Stephen Power

Susanne Pearce

Craig Buhler

Ben Britton

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