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Steve Cole on Melody, Improvisation, Business, and More

Steve Cole on Melody, Improvisation, Business, and More

For Steve Cole, becoming one of the biggest players in contemporary jazz was no coincidence, as this guy’s certainly paid some dues. Any artist who manges to sell hundreds of thousands of albums and score four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits is likely to be a force to be reckoned with. Steve is no exception. […]

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Saxophone Embouchure Made Simple

Saxophone Embouchure Made Simple

For those of you who’ve been keeping up with the blog (and shame on you if you’re not one of those people), I’ve recently been putting out articles that have to do with the art of saxophone tone creation, including articles on overtones, practicing on the mouthpiece, and proper positioning of the lower lip. Since […]

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Small Shift of the Lip, Big Shift in the Sound

Small Shift of the Lip, Big Shift in the Sound

A few weeks ago I saw a brief instructional video by monster sax player and educator, George Garzone. In the video, he takes on a plethora of topics, but one thing he said really stood out to me. George says that the first thing he does when a new student comes to him is have […]

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The Value of Volume Versatility

The Value of Volume Versatility

Now repeat the title of this article 27 times in a row at 300 bpm. But seriously ladies and gents, with this article I’d like to stress the importance of practicing your instruments at all different levels of volume, from┬ápianissimo all the way up to fortissimo. From the Back to the Middle and Around Again […]

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Walt Weiskopf on Practicing, Steely Dan, Composition, and More

Walt Weiskopf on Practicing, Steely Dan, Composition, and More

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf has worked with legendary acts such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Steely Dan to name just a few. As a solo artist, he’s recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums bringing onboard heavyweights such as Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci, Billy Drummond, Joe Locke, and […]

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Improve Your Tone Without Picking Up the Horn

Practicing on the Saxophone Mouthpiece

Dexter Gordon, Marcel Mule, David Sanborn – what do these legendary musicians all have in common? The answer, of course, is a big, beautiful, and distinctive tone. If you’re like me, for years and years, the only thing I ever heard about improving my sound was to practice long tones and support the air from […]

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The Will Vinson Interview

Will Vinson

New York saxophonist Will Vinson is a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from London, Will made the move to New York in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. The roster of jazz heavyweights that Will’s played with includes Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Geoff Keezer, and many, many more. Not one […]

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Back on the Sax Part 3: Practicing Overtones

Back on the Sax Part 3: Practicing Overtones

Yes, yes, I know, I’ve been droning on and on about overtones lately. But I’ve really been having a good time practicing the exercises from part 3 of the Intro to Overtones series and isolating some of the muscles that haven’t really developed to the extent I’d like to develop them. One thing I discovered […]

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