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Sax Man Bobby Stern Offers Up a Non-Standard Approach to Technique and Ear Training

Sax Man Bobby Stern Offers Up a Non-Standard Approach to Technique and Ear Training

Bobby Stern Bio Bobby Stern got his professional start in music playing at various US military clubs, and then went on to tour Spain with the Thad Jones Septet. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Bobby played with a wide variety of groups in addition to playing with guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Bobby […]

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How to Get a Whole Lot Better, a Whole Lot Faster

How to Get a Whole Lot Better, a Whole Lot Faster

10,000 Hours to Mastery….Really? I’d like to begin by stating that I disagree with a couple of famous old sayings. The first one, “It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill,” in my opinion, is incorrect because I feel that it takes a lifetime of continued learning if you are in serious pursuit of mastery […]

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Putting the New Eastman 52nd Street Alto and Tenor Saxes to the Test

Eastman 52nd Street Tenor Saxophone

After demoing the Eastman 52nd Street tenor saxophone at the 2013 NAMM show, I knew I had to take a second look at this horn to see how it compared some of the other tenor saxophones I tried out at the NAMM show, along with my Mark VI. Ralph Torres, saxophone product specialist at Andreas […]

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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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