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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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Why Knowing All Of Your Scales Is Not The Same As Knowing All Of Your Keys

Why Knowing All Of Your Scales Is Not The Same As Knowing All Of Your Keys

When teaching, I’m often struck by how many students can play all their major scales but have little actual understanding of the keys that they play in and how their related key signatures are constructed. Having an understanding of key signatures will greatly improve your reading and general music literacy, which will set you loose […]

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One Of The Quickest Ways To Get You Flying Through All Twelve Keys

One Of The Quickest Ways To Get You Flying Through All Twelve Keys

  Professional classical musicians seem to be able to memorize impossibly complicated solo works, orchestral excerpts, and other pieces in a short amount of time and with remarkable recall and precision. Similarly, professional jazz musicians know hundreds of tunes and seem to be able to play back almost anything they hear – in any key […]

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