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It’s Indeed Possible to Master Your Altissimo – And Here’s How

It's Indeed Possible to Master Your Altissimo - And Here's How

If you’re someone that has been tinkering and experimenting with the altissimo range of your saxophone, then good for you. It’s something we can all use as an important tool for increasing our expressive abilities when playing the sax. If your attempts have been a bit frustrating then I have good news for you… you […]

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Putting Vandoren V16 Mouthpieces to the Test

Putting Vandoren V16 Mouthpieces to the Test

Introduction The first metal mouthpiece I ever purchased was a Vandoren V16 T45 with a Vandoren Optimum ligature. When I was at the 2014 NAMM show and spoke with Vandoren brand manager, Andy Blanco, he told me that Vandoren has re-released the popular V16 metal mouthpiece and introduced a medium and large chamber. Andy was […]

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Rhythm Exercises Brought to You By 3 Modern Jazz Heavyweights

Rhythm Exercises Brought to You By 3 Modern Jazz Heavyweights

Kneebody came to town recently, and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a lesson with tenor saxophonist, bassoonist, pianist and composer Ben Wendel. In addition to playing with big names like Gerald Clayton, Jason Mraz, Taylor Eigsti, and Snoop Dogg, Wendel has often accompanied pianist Tigran Hamasyan and drummer, Ari Hoenig, two of the most […]

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The D’Addario Select Jazz Alto Mouthpiece – Another Meyer, or Something New?

The D’Addario Select Jazz Alto Mouthpiece - Another Meyer, or Something New?

Introduction D’Addario, the company that produces some of the world’s most popular reeds, including D’Addario Reserve, La Voz, D’Addario Jazz Select, Rico Royal, and Hemke (among others) has finally released a professional-level saxophone mouthpiece for alto called the D’Addario Select Jazz Mouthpiece. Kristen Mckeon, Artist Relations specialist over at D’Addario was nice enough to send me […]

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Three Great Saxophonists You May Have Missed

Three Great Saxophonists You May Have Missed

When you think of great saxophone players, who comes to mind – Coltrane? Parker? Brecker? All great, to be sure. But there are other wonderful musicians worthy of your exploration. Here are 3 that I came across simply by happy accident. One via a late night DJ, the 2nd having a chance to meet, and […]

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Using One of the World’s Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Using One of the World's Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Introduction I have seen more and more players using the ReedGeek to work on reeds that are not performing to their standards. Before the ReedGeek, I used to use various grits of sandpaper to work on my reeds which sometimes worked but other times I ended up destroying the reed or sanding the reed down […]

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Improve Your Tone the Fast Way with These Overtone Exercises

Improve Your Tone the Fast Way with These Overtone Exercises

Most people have heard of overtones and have gotten the idea that they can be a helpful practice tool. That is definitely true, but why? How does transforming your saxophone into a bugle help you? While the answer is fairly simple, it takes some basic knowledge about acoustics to fully grasp what’s happening. Understanding what’s […]

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Introducing the Most Unique Sax Tone Development Device on the Market

Introducing the Most Unique Sax Tone Development Device on the Market

From time to time I am sent emails from manufacturers regarding various products to review. Recently, I received an email from a Mr. Hsiao, who is the inventor of a product called the Timbre Trainer. According to Mr. Hsiao, the Timbre Trainer seeks to help expedite the break-in process with your instrument by allowing for increased […]

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