This article is the first in a three-part series. Once you’re done with this article, I strongly suggest you continue forwards with part part 2 and part 3. Many sax players new to the instrument may have heard the term “overtones” thrown about without really knowing what the term means and why they should know anything [read more…]
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Kenny G – he’s the most commercially successful sax player of all time, so of course, folks are going to hate on him. Pat Metheny is going to criticize his intonation. College music students will burn his effigy. But to all of you haters out there, I think it’s about time that you enjoyed a healthy dose [read more…]
This week’s Best. Saxophone. Podcast. Ever. features highly renown Manhattan-based jazz saxophonist, multi-reedist, electronic wind instrument player, composer, and drummer Adam Niewood. Adam hails from an incredibly musical family, with his father being the late great saxophonist, woodwind doubler, and composer Gerry Niewood and mother, Gurly, a classical clarinetist and pianist. Adam’s carried on the family [read more…]
Your weekly sampling of some of this past week’s saxophone-related news: Jazz Saxophonist James Moody Dies Jazz saxophone giant James Moody has died at 85 A jazz giant passes: James Moody, 1925-2010 Us Five saxman Joe Lovano tackles Charlie Parker’s “Bird Songs” [Sorry(!), but this web page has disappeared since the original publication of this article] [read more…]
Now this is something cool. This week I came across an amazing resource for anyone who needs to create a fingering chart for any of the woodwinds. Ya know, if you’re working on lessons for students or even writing your own instructional book or e-book. Woodwind performer and educator Bret Pimentel conceived and actually developed [read more…]
As saxophone players, it’s clear that nothing occupies our thoughts on a daily basis more than the question, “Should I be using a mouthpiece patch or not?” OK, I kid, but it is an interesting topic to look into as anything that can affect the “signal chain” of body to bell is something to be [read more…]