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Randy Villars

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

As saxophone player for funk legend Bootsy Collins, Randy Villars has toured the world.  In this Player Profile, Randy shares his experiences touring with t his legend, plus shares some advice on how to learn saxophone that has made him so successful.
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Follow Your Dreams: How to make a career out of saxophone

Saturday, February 13, 2016

For many, playing the saxophone is a hobby – a sideline to the day job; something to relax with; an opportunity to immerse yourself in something different. However, some dream of being able to play full time either as a change of job or in retirement. But what does it take to be a professional saxophonist?
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How to build an audience on YouTube for saxophone

Monday, February 01, 2016

So you’ve made some great music on your sax. Now what?   One of the greatest joys of playing an instrument is sharing your music with other people. And these days it’s easier than ever to do that on a global scale.
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Theatre Etiquette for saxophone players

Friday, October 09, 2015

The theatre pit for me is a very special place.  The atmosphere when it’s a good show is electric, and the audience applause still makes my spine tingle. I’ve spent many years playing in almost every theatre in the country and it’s become my first love.
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Playing Saxophone in Uniform

Thursday, October 01, 2015

One of the rarest things for an aspiring professional saxophone player these days is a stable career with any sort of job security.  Although we all spend years working on our craft, the professional opportunities are getting less and less each year as big bands disappear and show bands downsize.
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How to start busking on saxophone

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Probably the second oldest profession in the world is the simple act of performing, uninvited, in the hope of making a little money in the process.
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How to make a living as a saxophone player

Saturday, August 01, 2015

If you want to make a career from playing saxophone, it's no good waiting to be "discovered"!   You need to get out there and make it happen.   Regular readers of Saxophone Life will know that many of the big name players talk about the importance of making connections and getting known in the industry.
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Backing Tracks for Saxophone Players

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Backing tracks are one of the most powerful tools you can use in your practice sessions.   Short of actually playing with a real band, a backing track is your next best option because it encourages you to not only have a great sense of time, but to listen to what else is going on in the band.
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How to overcome performance nerves

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

So you've been playing for a while now, and it's time to take the next step and let the world hear what you can do!  But the very thought of playing on stage grips you with cold fear - what if you make a mistake? What if you forget the music? What if you can't play at all?
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Simon Niblock

Steve Crow

Stephen Power

Susanne Pearce

Craig Buhler

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