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These Fun Technical Exercises Will Prepare You For Just About Anything

These Fun Technical Exercises Will Prepare You For Just About Anything

Technical Exercises in all Keys All players should organize their practice, but that structure should also leave a lot of room for variety and creativity. For most of my students, I recommend they practice in one key every week with a combination of scales and arpeggios, plus some kind of technical exercise that resembles the […]

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A No-Holds-Barred Conversation Between Greg Banaszak and Phil Barone

A No-Holds-Barred Conversation Between Greg Banaszak and Phil Barone

The following is an interview conducted by one of the world’s most renown classical saxophonists who also happens to be a brilliant jazz recording artist as well, Greg Banaszak. Here we have him keeping it truly real with saxophone mouthpiece and saxophone manufacturer, Phil Barone, who is practically a “household name” among saxophonists worldwide.  Greg […]

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The Saxophonist’s Guide To The Dreaded Art Of Transposition

The Saxophonist's Guide To The Dreaded Art Of Transposition

I’m sure many of you remember that first time you sat down to play some sheet music with somebody playing another instrument, and most likely had that crazy realization that you might be reading the same note on the page, but different notes are coming out of your instruments! Maybe you showed up to band […]

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Putting P. Mauriat’s New Greg Osby Signature Alto to the Test

P. Mauriat Greg Osby Signature Alto

To date, I have play-tested the P. Mauriat 67R, 76 2ND edition, and the 86 model alto saxophones at various NAMM conventions. Recently, Craig Denny at Saint Louis Music sent me one of the limited edition model altos that P. Mauriat just released as the “System-76 3rd Edition Alto” – aka “The Dragon” – aka the […]

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This is Going to Piss Some of You Off

Jazz Club

UPDATE: I wanted to clarify something…in this article I refer to my friend “Jeff” only based on the sentiment his Facebook updates – this article is NOT about him. There were some harsh attacks on Jeff in the social media responses to this article, which I feel were unfair. I know for a fact that Jeff […]

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A Guide to Finally Figuring Out Which Bb Fingering To Use

Bb fingerings

I would say we’re pretty lucky to play an instrument with one of the most basic and straightforward fingering systems of any wind instrument. Merci, Adolphe Sax! Choices, Choices… For most of the notes on our horn, there’s pretty much one fingering, and when there is an alternate fingering it tends to be a pretty […]

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Jazz Lessons with Giants Now Available for Amazon Kindle

Jazz Lessons with Giants for Amazon Kindle

Hey guys, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that the e-book portion of Jazz Lessons with Giants is now available specifically for Amazon Kindle. While you can indeed transfer the e-book into your Kindle, this Kindle-specific version is formatted specifically for that device, so it will be a bit easier […]

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Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Introduction Since I play tested their line of reeds at the 2012 NAMM show, Forestone has added into their catalog a line of saxophones and saxophone accessories. Craig Denny over at St. Louis Music was nice enough to send me some Forestone ligatures for alto saxophone as well as some hard rubber tenor and alto […]

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