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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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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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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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Quickly Revolutionize Your Technique with this Definitive List of Non-Saxophone Repertoire

Quickly Revolutionize Your Technique with this Definitive List of Non-Saxophone Repertoire

When it comes to practicing written music, it’s easy for us saxophonists to stick to repertoire that was artfully composed to sound good on the sax. And although that saxophone repertoire can be extremely challenging, if you really want to take things to the next level, try practicing music that was written without giving even […]

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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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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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