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11 Tips for Improving Your Altissimo

11 Tips for Improving Your Altissimo

Today’s post comes in response to a question by reader Chad Lamkin. Chad asks: I play Alto and I really just want to improve and just learn it all at the moment.  I’m trying to get these altissimo notes down but the highest I can get F# and I can’t get it any higher…Would you […]

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Lauren Sevian on the Baritone Sax, Greg Osby, Patience, and More

Lauren Sevian on the Baritone Sax, Greg Osby, Patience, and More

The baritone sax doesn’t get as much love as it should, and that just plain ain’t right. There are a lot of reasons for this, but it’s always great to come across bari players who make the instrument burn and sing just as much as some of their most skilled counterparts on the smaller members […]

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Bob Sheppard Talks Recording, Practicing, Chick Corea, and More

Bob Sheppard Talks Recording, Practicing, Chick Corea, and More

A household name for saxophonists worldwide, Bob Sheppard has done it all. Superstar names such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Perter Erskine, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and many, many, many legends pack his world-class resume. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, and New York, Bob’s forged working relationships with the best musicians on both […]

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7 Tips to Tell How Much Mouthpiece to Take In

7 Tips to Tell How Much Mouthpiece to Take In

For all of my years playing the sax, there are certain things that I’ve done just out of force of habit without really knowing exactly where that habit came from, or whether or not it was a good habit to begin with. The amount of mouthpiece I was taking in has been one of those autopilot aspects of […]

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Using Twitter to Keep Tabs on the Greats

Using Twitter to Keep Tabs on the Greats

OK, I’ll just up and say it: The “saxophone world” is not all that tech savvy as a whole. At the majority of saxophone shops, file cabinets filled with carbon paper triumph over computers. And ok, this one is going to get me into trouble – but most saxophone-related websites look straight out of 1995. […]

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If you Can Move your Mouse you Can Burn on Tenor

If you Can Move your Mouse you Can Burn on Tenor

Thanks to accomplished UK sax man Ben Castle, I recently came across what’s become a fabulous way to suck away precious hours of my life.  It’s called “Virtual Sax!” and it allows any of us to put together a funkyjazzy solo by merely moving our mouse in rhythm to two different pre-recorded backing tracks. How […]

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Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better – On the Baritone Saxophone

Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better - On the Baritone Saxophone

This guest post comes to us from Andrew Hadro, a professional baritone saxophonist, educator, and curator of THE definitive baritone saxophone destination on the web, JazzBariSax.com. After years of being a professional baritone saxophonist, I still can’t shake people’s persistent assumptions that the baritone saxophone is a lesser instrument. A Bum Rap This myth has understandable – if […]

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Mark Small on Michael Buble, Improving your Improv, and Lots More

Mark Small on Michael Buble, Improving your Improv, and Lots More

New York City’s Mark Small is a badman on the tenor. Although he’s done much more, Mark’s main claim to fame is as the tenor guy in massively popular modern-day crooning sensation Michael Buble’s touring and recording ensemble. Tours with Buble have taken Mark to each and every corner of the planet as well as […]

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