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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Rapid Riffs or Memorable Melodies?

Friday, February 26, 2016

It’s definitely impressive to hear sax players play at incredibly fast tempos. What is, however, far more inspiring is hearing how the great masters are able to create beautifully crafted, swinging melodic lines, regardless of tempo.
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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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The Kid and the Cupcake - Greg Fishman

Thursday, November 05, 2015

One day, while teaching a lesson, a student asked, “When you’re improvising, and you’re going to play a scale over a chord, how do you choose your notes?”
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We talk to celebrity pro saxophone players and learn about their approach to practice.

Transcriptions and tips to develop your tone, fingers and improvisation skills.

Sax Gear and Music reviews to inspire and inform you.

From saxophone practice techniques to maintenance tips.

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