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Three Great Saxophonists You May Have Missed

Three Great Saxophonists You May Have Missed

When you think of great saxophone players, who comes to mind – Coltrane? Parker? Brecker? All great, to be sure. But there are other wonderful musicians worthy of your exploration. Here are 3 that I came across simply by happy accident. One via a late night DJ, the 2nd having a chance to meet, and […]

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Using One of the World's Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Using One of the World’s Best Reed Tools to Make Your Sound Awesome

Introduction I have seen more and more players using the ReedGeek to work on reeds that are not performing to their standards. Before the ReedGeek, I used to use various grits of sandpaper to work on my reeds which sometimes worked but other times I ended up destroying the reed or sanding the reed down […]

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Improve Your Tone the Fast Way with These Overtone Exercises

Improve Your Tone the Fast Way with These Overtone Exercises

Most people have heard of overtones and have gotten the idea that they can be a helpful practice tool. That is definitely true, but why? How does transforming your saxophone into a bugle help you? While the answer is fairly simple, it takes some basic knowledge about acoustics to fully grasp what’s happening. Understanding what’s […]

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A New Way To Transcribe

A New Way To Transcribe

Introduction During my time here at BSWE, I have reviewed such products as mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures, mouthpiece patches, saxophone necks, saxophones, cases, books, etc. Most recently, I was sent information from Bengt Lidgard, CEO of ScoreCloud, to review their product, also called, ScoreCloud. When I first reviewed the product information and the website, it reminded […]

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This Is Probably The Most Useful Scale In Jazz Improvisation

This Is Probably The Most Useful Scale In Jazz Improvisation

Scales are the “raw material” of melody, whether improvised or composed. It’s not likely that you’ll study jazz improvisation to any serious degree without spending a lot of time learning, exploring and creating melodies with scalar material (as well as understanding how these scales relate to harmony). In modern jazz improvisation, many different scale colors […]

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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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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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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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