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8 Tips for an Open Throat and Bigger Sound

8 Tips for an Open Throat and Bigger Sound

UPDATE: Since writing this article, my views on the topic of an “open throat” have actually changed quite drastically. So forget about this silly article and hop over here to get the real skinny on this super-important concept. With any wind instrument, the rule is more air you have access to, the more “fuel” you […]

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Finding Your Unique Greatness through Mimicry

Finding Your Unique Greatness through Mimicry

For those of you who haven’t listened to the site’s complete library of podcasts (shame on you!), there is one tip from the Jon Irabagon podcast that really stood out to me. For those of you unfamiliar with Jon’s playing (again, shame on you!), I’ll assure you it’s obvious that the man can play in […]

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Viral Saxophone Videos You Can’t Afford to Miss

Viral Saxophone Videos You Can't Afford to Miss

For any of us who find ourselves frequenting YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or really any social media site, it’s been hard to escape that buzz that surrounds the latest viral video to hit the worldwide. However, for saxfolk such as ourselves, the video I’m talking about was not just any old video, but no less than […]

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Musical Wisdom from Joe Lovano

Musical Wisdom from Joe Lovano

When it comes to art, unbridled passion is a good thing. Well, maybe not too unbridled – since none of us want to end up in a drunken bar brawl to release agression brought on by a missed chord change. What I’m talking about here is the good kind of unbridled passion. The kind of […]

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Quick Tip: How to Blow into the Saxophone

Quick Tip: How to Blow into the Saxophone

It’s really quite simple. In the words of legendary saxophone teacher Joe Allard: “To blow is to breathe, there is no difference.” How often we overcomplicate things. We should never twist, contort, and strain ourselves while playing. We (hopefully) don’t struggle and strain when we speak, so why all the painful effort while playing our […]

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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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