As many of you know, I’m currently working on an e-book with accompanying audio lessons. One of my interviewees for the project is Bill Plake, whose insights into the physiological aspects of making music are seemingly endless. Among the many topics upon which I was enlightened by the good Mr. Plake was the puffing of [read more…]
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ALSO INCLUDED WITH SIGNUP: FREE Access to Sax Lessons with the Stars series of lesson-style interviews and exercises featuring David Liebman, Adam Larson, Ted Nash, Ben Wendel, Bob Sheppard, Mel Martin, Tim Price, Ricky Sweum, and more to be added!
Having gone through Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ve covered what types of DJ music work with the sax, and how to get those DJ-plus-sax gigs, we can move on to… Getting the Proper Gear for a DJ-plus-Sax Gig An important thing to know when approaching one of these gigs is that you are pretty much on [read more…]
To change things up just a little bit, I went ahead and put this week’s article to video. In my little micro-movie, I cover the topic of developing your own saxophone tone in a deliberate manner so that you can sound like you by first deciding what “you” sounds like. The video is a continuation [read more…]
Who says that us sax players can only play jazz gigs, sleepy coffee shops, and big fat weddings? As one of the few jazz sax players out who’s also produced dance music (house music to be exact), I’ve been lucky enough to participate in this relatively unknown new world of live performance. If you’re open to [read more…]
Sometimes I think back on the way it used to be… I traveled regularly with multiple horns and never had a problem getting on a plane. Usually a tenor and a soprano, sometimes even a backpack with a clarinet and flute too. When I moved to the east coast for college, I even remember getting two [read more…]
As a sax player coming up, it was strongly engrained in my subconscious that no woodwind doubling equals no music career. I remember going to my strict but highly effective sax teacher Vince Trombetta (who also taught this other sax player named Michael Baker – or Brecker or something like that) and the accompanying displeasure of [read more…]