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Putting Vandoren V16 Mouthpieces to the Test

Putting Vandoren V16 Mouthpieces to the Test

Introduction The first metal mouthpiece I ever purchased was a Vandoren V16 T45 with a Vandoren Optimum ligature. When I was at the 2014 NAMM show and spoke with Vandoren brand manager, Andy Blanco, he told me that Vandoren has re-released the popular V16 metal mouthpiece and introduced a medium and large chamber. Andy was […]

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Sax Star Walter Smith III on Lessons from Roy Haynes and More

Sax Star Walter Smith III on Lessons from Roy Haynes and More

If you don’t yet know about sax monster  Walter Smith III, that needs to change – right now. He’s played with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Eric Harland, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano, Walter Beasley, Terri Lynne Carrington and Christian McBride, to name just a few. He’s recorded as a leader as well, with […]

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10 Essential Ballads That Every Saxophonist Should Know

10 Essential Ballads That Every Saxophonist Should Know

How many times has it happened that you tell somebody that you play the saxophone, and the first thing that they say, with a glint in their eyes is, “Oh, I love the saxophone…” Now, I hate to say it, but they probably aren’t thinking of Bird’s burning solo on Donna Lee, Coltrane’s “sheets of […]

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How to Make Your Long Tone Practice Bearable, and Even...Fun?

How to Make Your Long Tone Practice Bearable, and Even…Fun?

Yes, I know, they’re not as fun as learning that hip new Mark Turner lick or wailing over Jamey Aebersold. But they’re necessary. The “they’re” I’m referring to are, of course, our dreaded long tones. But the truth is, they don’t have to be so torturous. There’s things you can do to make them more fun. […]

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Lower Teeth Biting Lower Lip for Saxophone Players

7 Tips to Keep Your Lower Lip Pain-Free

Almost all of us know the feeling. It’s been a long practice or rehearsal session, and the inside of our lower lip is so sore that we can barely go on playing, thanks to our flesh-piercing lower teeth. (Ouch! Sounds painful when I put it that way, no?) This article was my response to an […]

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Big Band Saxophone Section Playing

A Guide to Playing in a Big Band Saxophone Section

This article is a guest post from Jeff Rzepiela, whose transcriptions of saxophone solos by the greats can be found at www.scooby-sax.com. Playing in a big band’s sax section can be a thrilling experience. When the section is in synch, it can be like the Blue Angels flying in perfect formation. On the other hand, […]

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Saxophone Voicing

Practicing Voicing to Make Your Sound Bigger and More Focused

Voicing on the saxophone is an aspect of playing the instrument that many of us don’t really get into until we’re in the more advanced stages. Those exposed to this practice early on are among the lucky ones. Ummm…what do you mean by “voicing”? As far as I see it, voicing refers to the manipulation […]

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Saxophone Repair

The Importance of Having a Good Repair Person on Your Side

This guest post is from saxophone and multi-reed player, composer, recording artist, and educator Sam Sadigursky of SamSadigursky.com As both a saxophone player and educator, one of the most bothersome things that I regularly see are instruments in poor working condition and regulation. Oftentimes, students, and even some fairly advanced players, consider buying fancy, name-brand equipment a […]

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