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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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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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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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A Quick but Comprehensive Practice Routine that Gets Results

A Quick but Comprehensive Practice Routine that Gets Results

Have you ever sat down to practice and had any of the following thoughts? I don’t know where to begin I feel lost I’ve run out of things to practice I don’t know what to practice I’m tired of practicing the same music I’m not getting any better If you’ve had any of these thoughts, […]

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Dissecting Your Scales To Build Your Technique

Dissecting Your Scales To Build Your Technique

Learn your scales. Learn your scales. Learn your scales… We hear it over and over while we’re learning to play music, but often we don’t hear enough about what we can do with those scales once we’ve learned them. When we really learn scales, they can unlock many musical doors for us, and to build […]

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This Is Probably The Most Useful Scale In Jazz Improvisation

This Is Probably The Most Useful Scale In Jazz Improvisation

Scales are the “raw material” of melody, whether improvised or composed. It’s not likely that you’ll study jazz improvisation to any serious degree without spending a lot of time learning, exploring and creating melodies with scalar material (as well as understanding how these scales relate to harmony). In modern jazz improvisation, many different scale colors […]

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10 Essential Ballads That Every Saxophonist Should Know

10 Essential Ballads That Every Saxophonist Should Know

How many times has it happened that you tell somebody that you play the saxophone, and the first thing that they say, with a glint in their eyes is, “Oh, I love the saxophone…” Now, I hate to say it, but they probably aren’t thinking of Bird’s burning solo on Donna Lee, Coltrane’s “sheets of […]

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