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Johnny Griffin solo transcription: "Mill Dew"

Friday, March 25, 2016

In the April 2016 issue of Saxophone Life, we featured a transcription of Johnny Griffin's burning solo on "Mill Dew" from the album "Introducing Johnny Griffin.
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Overtones on "Delta City Blues"

Friday, March 25, 2016

In the April 2016 issue of Saxophone Life Magazine we discussed how to take Michael Brecker's awesome introduction to "Delta City Blues" and pull it apart to learn more about overtones.  
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Transcription: Groovy Sambas by Cannonball Adderley

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Groovy Sambas was recorded by Cannonball Adderley on his album with Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66.  Grab the free transcription of his brilliant solo from this track.    Read More

Transcription: Boney James "The Moment" Solo

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Boney James is one of the hottest stars on the smooth jazz scene, and has been for more than 25 years.  In the Feb 2016 issue of Saxophone Life we featured an interview with Boney where he talked about his approach to learning and practicing saxophone that has made him so successful. Read More

Transcription: Heaven Knows Best by Nigel Hitchcock

Thursday, December 31, 2015

This is the last track of Nigel Hitchcock's album "Smoothitch" and it has a great solo section.  Check out the whole track below and download the transcription for Alto below.
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Tuning Workout

Monday, November 30, 2015

Enjoyed reading the article on how to practice tuning?  Grab the "Tuning Workout" worksheet here.
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BeatBox Technique on Sax

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beatboxing on saxophone?  Are you for real?

Derek  Brown talks us through how he managed to get amazing technique on saxophone in the October 2015 issue of Saxophone Life.  Check Derek out in action in this video:  



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Flying Home Transcription

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

 Illinois Jacquet recorded this solo with Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra in 1942.  It's significant because it's generally regarded as the first RnB sax solo - ever!   Read More

Dave O'Higgins ii V7 I Workout

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is an exercise Dave O'Higgins developed from a section of the Dexter Gordon head “I Want More”.  It uses 4-note pentatonic cells and b6th triadic upper structures on dominants in combination…. (e.g. Eb/G7, Db/F7 etc).  Download the worksheet here and try this exercise yourself. Read More

Introduction to the EWI

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The EWI, particularly the latest 5000 model is an amazing piece of kit. But like most electronic gear, there are a few essential tweaks needed to get the most out of it.
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