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8 Things You Can Do Today to Instantly Pump Up Your Saxophone Sound

Pete Christlieb

You know the saying, “you can never be too thin or have too big a saxophone sound…” Ok, well maybe that’s not really a saying, and maybe there is such a thing as being too thin (hey, I live in L.A., I know these things). But seriously, just about every single set of eyeballs reading […]

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Under the Microscope: Lupifaro Saxophones and Reeds

Under the Microscope: Lupifaro Saxophones and Reeds

Introduction I had never heard of the Lupifaro line of saxophones until I attended the 2013 NAMM show and ran into a gentleman by the name of Tatsuro Miyatake. Tatsuro gave me a sample pack of Lupifaro Classic strength 3 tenor reeds to test out. Once I returned home from the NAMM show, I tested […]

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Sax Star Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Shares Some Great Musical Advice – and a Cool Arpeggio Exercise

Chad-Lefkowitz-Brown

Official Bio Chad grew up in Horseheads, a small town in up state New York. His father was a music teacher whose love for jazz naturally flowed into the heart of his young son. With his father as a mentor, Chad had his first saxophone lesson when he was nine years old and so began […]

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Putting Rovner Next Generation Ligatures to the Test and Picking Winners

Rovner Platinum Ligature

Since playing in concert band and jazz band throughout middle school, high school, and college, I have always seen many musicians using Rovner ligatures on both saxophone and clarinet. In one of my first reviews, I reviewed a group of ligatures which included the Rovner Eddie Daniels Edition ligature (which I currently use on alto). […]

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Bob Reynolds Shares Strategies and Exercises for Getting Back on the Horn After an Extended Break

Bob Reynolds Shares Strategies and Exercises for Getting Back on the Horn After an Extended Break

One of my online students recently asked if I had any tips for building back up again after taking an extended break from practicing the saxophone. Bob: Looking forward to the Summer Series. Back on the site after a six month hiatus. [Dan goes on to explain some family health stuff that fortunately is working […]

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Can Walt Weiskopf Teach Us the Ultra-Hip Sound of the Diminished Scale? (Exercise and Etude Included)

Can Walt Weiskopf Teach Us the Ultra-Hip Sound of the Diminished Scale? (Exercise and Etude Included)

I recently received Walt Weiskopf’s latest book,¬†Understanding the Diminished Scale. I learned my C, C#, and D diminished scales in the past (between those three you have the notes for all twelve diminished scales, the book can explain further), but I never knew how to apply the scale effectively in my improvisation work. I have […]

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Revolutionize Your Playing with Home Recording, The Outrageously Easy Way

USB Microphone

No matter what level you are at with your saxophone playing, I’m willing to bet one thing – if you are not doing it already you could improve your playing quite dramatically by making recordings of yourself and listening back to them. Self recordings allow you to take a step back and become your own […]

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Sound Wisdom for a Striking Saxophone Tone

Sound Wisdom for a Striking Saxophone Tone

This guest post is from Randy Hunter of¬†RandyHunterJazz.com. When you think of great saxophone players, you know, guys like Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderly, and John Coltrane, probably the first thing that comes to mind is their sound. Even though their playing may contain unique harmonic and rhythmic components, the mind seems to embrace […]

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