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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Rovner Ligature Review

Sunday, July 05, 2015

There are those who will tell you that ligatures will not make any discernible difference to your saxophone sound.  They will say a carefully positioned shoelace or elastic band will work just as well as a carefully crafted piece of cloth and/or metal, and the sound produced will not be obviously impaired.
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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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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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A Students Progress: Getting Started

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In this regular column, I will be wearing my heart on my sleeve and letting you in on the trials and tribulations that I am experiencing on my journey to becoming a competent saxophonist.
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David Sanborn plays Limerick

Friday, January 09, 2015

Whilst it has a strong Jazz scene, Limerick in Ireland has hosted a Jazz festival for just three years.  So, you can imagine my surprise when, having replied “David Sanborn” (as an off-the-top-of-my-head joke) to her question “guess who’s playing at the Limerick Jazz festival this year?”, my partner simply looked at me and said “who told you?”
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