Making the most of Transcriptions

Saturday, April 23, 2016

If you have ever studied improvisation with a serious teacher, it is pretty likely that at some point or other you were assigned to work on a transcribed solo.
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Developing Hand - Ear Coordination

Friday, April 01, 2016

Do you want your improvised solos to soar and delight your audiences?  The first and most important step to achieve this is to develop the link between your ears and your fingers. In fact, ultimately we need to be able to transfer any musical idea we imagine to our fingers. I call this “Hand-ear coordination”.
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Intonation and your ideal sound

Friday, April 01, 2016

One of the most satisfying musical experiences is listening back to a recording of yourself and hearing your tone and improvisation match up to your aspirations, or come pretty close.
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Overtones on "Delta City Blues" by Michael Brecker

Friday, April 01, 2016

Michael Brecker’s introduction to the track “Delta City Blues” is possibly one of the most awe inspiring examples of overtones on sax, but understanding what he is doing can help us master overtones too.
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Ear Training for Sax Players

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It is a thrilling moment when a musician first experiences the freedom of playing without reliance on the printed score.  To be able to play a melody by ear, or to spontaneously create an improvised solo never before heard is a joy. And so it amazes me when students express disbelief that they might ever achieve this.
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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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Readers Questions Feb 2016

Friday, February 05, 2016

This time we answer saxophone questions about how to use a tuner, how to stop biting your saxophone mouthpiece and share advice on what to practice on saxophone for beginners.
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How to play melodic jazz solos on saxophone

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Ever felt like your improvising just doesn’t sound like you want it to?   I think we’ve all felt that from time to time and most commonly the issue lies with the way we are constructing our melodic lines.
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Tackling Tuning on Saxophone

Monday, December 07, 2015

Although most of us know that we should work on our tuning, how do we actually improve it?
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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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Transcriptions and tips to develop your tone, fingers and improvisation skills.

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