Introduction The saxophone stand is probably one of the most overlooked accessories by saxophonists today (at least in my opinion). The saxophone stand, although scene as a simple piece equipment with the purpose of holding the saxophone, should not be overlooked. There are a few popular manufacturers such as Hercules, Hamilton, K&M, which have been [read more…]
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The main concepts that I wanted to address in writing my first book Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone, were integration of large intervals into improvising, voice leading and harmonic content. When Doron (the owner of BestSaxophoneWebsiteEver.com), asked me to write a short article to expand a bit on these concepts, I [read more…]
Does it seem like there’s always way too much to practice? Everywhere you look there’s an exciting new concept to work on that will make your next solo awesome if you can just master it. Not to mention all the half-finished things that you keep meaning to come back to but somehow never do. If [read more…]
Permutation – “often major or fundamental change (as in character or condition) based primarily on rearrangement of existent elements.” “the act or process of changing the lineal order of an ordered set of objects.” – Merriam-Webster Thank you Merriam. You hit the nail on the head. The “rearrangement of existent elements” and the “ordered set [read more…]
Introduction This year, The 2018 NAMM Show was filled with various manufacturers and vendors showcasing their new and existing line of products. With so many saxophones, ligatures, reeds, mouthpieces, cases, neck-straps etc. to test play (SO MANY!), it can become overwhelming. As mentioned in my 2018 NAMM Saxophone Gear Roundup (BSWE NAMM 2018 Round-Up), I [read more…]
This is a general term that I use that includes the use of the descending be-bop scale (half step between the root and dominant 7th) and all the various versions of the ascending and descending major be-bop scales…check out the many videos on this subject that are based on the teachings of master Barry Harris. [read more…]