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One Of The Quickest Ways To Get You Flying Through All Twelve Keys

One Of The Quickest Ways To Get You Flying Through All Twelve Keys

  Professional classical musicians seem to be able to memorize impossibly complicated solo works, orchestral excerpts, and other pieces in a short amount of time and with remarkable recall and precision. Similarly, professional jazz musicians know hundreds of tunes and seem to be able to play back almost anything they hear – in any key […]

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How To Keep Your Solos Fresh Using Lower Neighbor Tones

How To Keep Your Solos Fresh Using Lower Neighbor Tones

One of the most basic and important truths of improvising is that no matter what note you play, you’re never more than a half-step away from the “right” note. Besides being a comforting thing to know, this truth might actually help you get out of a musical jam, and could also help you expand your […]

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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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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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Bb fingerings

A Guide to Finally Figuring Out Which Bb Fingering To Use

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 for Amazon Kindle

Jazz Lessons with Giants Now Available 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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Tony White Saxophone

Honest Talk About Music Education Plus Practice Room Tidbits with Sax Pro Tony White

Biography Professional jazz musician and musical director Tony White is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone. His first teaching job ended up being at his old high school, Fremont. Utilizing his contacts and mentors (including famed jazz artist great, Buddy Collette), White was able to build a comprehensive program that included a […]

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G# Key

How Your G# Mechanism Can Get You Around the Horn Way Faster

Not all that much has changed since Adolphe Sax first invented the instrument that bears his name, but fortunately there have been a few small technical improvements that can make your musical life much easier if you know how to use them. This will be the first of several columns on these specific mechanisms. Introducing […]

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