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Meet 9 Of The World's Top Mouthpiece Magicians

Meet 9 Of The World’s Top Mouthpiece Magicians

While I was recently searching for a new mouthpiece, I started reading more about refacing and how the right person could turn a good mouthpiece into a one-of-a-kind-mouthpiece. In this review, I will be profiling various mouthpiece makers/refacers whose mouthpieces I have tried – whether it be their own branded mouthpiece, or another branded mouthpiece […]

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A No-Holds-Barred Conversation Between Greg Banaszak and Phil Barone

A No-Holds-Barred Conversation Between Greg Banaszak and Phil Barone

The following is an interview conducted by one of the world’s most renown classical saxophonists who also happens to be a brilliant jazz recording artist as well, Greg Banaszak. Here we have him keeping it truly real with saxophone mouthpiece and saxophone manufacturer, Phil Barone, who is practically a “household name” among saxophonists worldwide.  Greg […]

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Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Could Forestone Be the Next Big Name in Mouthpieces and Ligatures?

Introduction Since I play tested their line of reeds at the 2012 NAMM show, Forestone has added into their catalog a line of saxophones and saxophone accessories. Craig Denny over at St. Louis Music was nice enough to send me some Forestone ligatures for alto saxophone as well as some hard rubber tenor and alto […]

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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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Saxophone Open Throat

Debunking the Biggest Myth About Playing with an “Open Throat”

OK, I admit it, I’m not perfect. Yes, I know that it comes as a major shock to those of you who have come to know me through this utterly flawless website, but lo and behold…I kinda  messed up. A Rude Awakening A few months back, I put out an article titled 8 Tips for […]

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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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Pete Christlieb

8 Things You Can Do Today to Instantly Pump Up Your Saxophone Sound

You know the saying, “you can never be too thin or have too big a saxophone sound…” Ok, well maybe that’s not really a saying, and maybe there is such a thing as being too thin (hey, I live in L.A., I know these things). But seriously, just about every single set of eyeballs reading […]

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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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