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A Saxophonist’s Guide to Rhythm and Time

A Saxophonist’s Guide to Rhythm and Time

This guest post comes from Portland, Oregon-based professional saxophonist, educator, and developer of the Metronomics metronome iPhone app, John Nastos. As a saxophone player, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of using practice time to find the hippest licks, work on burning tempos, and exercise the altissimo chops. And sometimes it’s just as easy […]

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Bob Reynolds

Saxophone Powerhouse Bob Reynolds on Mastery, John Mayer, and More

In a very special video piece for Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever., NYC saxophonist and music entrepreneur Marc Plotkin interviews saxophonist, composer, educator and sideman to John Mayer, Bob Reynolds. For those of you who only know him as John Mayer’s sax man, you’re only getting a small slice of Bob Reynolds’ musical world. Michael Bublé, Nellie McKay, […]

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Rick Margitza on Miles Davis, Advanced Harmony, Paris, and Lots More

Rick Margitza on Miles Davis, Advanced Harmony, Paris, and Lots More

Starting on the violin at age 4, continuing on to classical piano and then oboe before finally settling on the saxophone, Rick Margitza’s diverse musical beginnings couldn’t be more evident in his body of work to date. Taking on classical studies with Donald Sinta and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David […]

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Bob Sheppard Talks Recording, Practicing, Chick Corea, and More

Bob Sheppard Talks Recording, Practicing, Chick Corea, and More

A household name for saxophonists worldwide, Bob Sheppard has done it all. Superstar names such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Perter Erskine, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and many, many, many legends pack his world-class resume. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, and New York, Bob’s forged working relationships with the best musicians on both […]

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Walt Weiskopf on Practicing, Steely Dan, Composition, and More

Walt Weiskopf on Practicing, Steely Dan, Composition, and More

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf has worked with legendary acts such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Steely Dan to name just a few. As a solo artist, he’s recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums bringing onboard heavyweights such as Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci, Billy Drummond, Joe Locke, and […]

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Saxophone Setup

Is Your Saxophone Setup All It Can Be?

We spend hours practicing our instrument (well, at least some of us). We bust our chops trying to sound better all the time. Playing long tones, scales, etudes, harmonics, learning tunes, soloing over changes, taking lessons – you know what I’m talking about. Hard work works every time, but sometimes it’s worth asking – “am […]

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Sax Home Recording Tips

Sax Mic Positioning for Home Recording

Getting a beautiful and distinctive saxophone sound in the recording studio is a bona-fide artform. What I’d like to do here is provide just a few basic guidelines that we sax players can use in our own home studios, using a single mic as we experiment to find what works best for the sound that we’re […]

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