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A 2-Minute Tip to Get You Sounding Better Right Away

If you’re a subscriber to my email newsletter, you should have received my most recent edition in which featured a great tip from sax great, Bob Sheppard regarding sound production.

I’m not going to repeat everything I wrote, since you can get that stuff by checking out the online version of the newsletter hereHowever, what I didn’t include in the newsletter was the actual audio to hear exactly what Bob had to say.

The audio consists of a two-minute tip where Bob doesn’t speak for very long, but he says a lot, and two minutes in exchange for a smoother and bigger sound sounds like quite the bargain, no?

To quickly summarize some of the key takeaways (with a little bit of paraphrasing courtesy of yours truly):

  • You need to develop independence of the tongue and the airstream.
  • The air must be moving continuously at all times, even while you’re starting and stopping notes with your tongue.
  • Pumping air for each individual note that you’re tonguing causes your tone to sound weak and unsupported.
  • When your airstream is not constant, your rhythmic feel is disrupted by irregular note lengths

Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

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I've been playing the sax since the late 80's, but my musical journey has run quite the gamut. The musical rap sheet includes tours with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and reggae master Half Pint, center stage at the L.A. Music Center, cozy cafes, raucous night clubs, gear-drenched studios, and the pinnacle of any musician's career - playing weddings in New Jersey! (duh). There's a lot of other stuff too, but you should be reading these blog posts and leaving comments instead. Now off you go!

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