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Top tips for Saxophone and Clarinet

Here's my top tips for happy saxophone and clarinet playing :<p>1- Make sure your instrument is in good working order, take it to a technician if you're …

7 Tips for Finding the Best Mouthpiece for YOU

Choosing a new saxophone mouthpiece is no easy task. Since there are now so many mouthpieces on the market, it’s more difficult than ever for …

Saxophone altissimo books: Raschèr vs. Rousseau

My university saxophone students are anxious to tackle the altissimo register, and it’s not at all uncommon for them to show up to their first …

12 Tips for Hitting that Altissimo G Like a Pro

<i>This is a guest post by saxophonist, arranger, and educator Brad Carman of BradCarmanMusic.com.</i><p>We all know that s<b>ome notes on the saxophone are</b> …

Sax Virtuoso Rick Keller Shares Tips for Better Sound, Rhythm, Improvisation, and More

Rick’s Official Bio<p>Rick Keller continues to explore and develop his musical voice. Both a sought after sideman and an artist, Rick is constantly …

15 Glimpses Into the Minds of History’s Great Saxophone Players

This week I wanted to do something a bit special. Rather than rattling on with my views on saxophone playing and music in general, I thought I’d …

A Guide to Finally Figuring Out Which Bb Fingering To Use

The four possible fingerings for Bb on the saxophone.<p>I would say we’re pretty lucky to play an instrument with <b>one of the most basic and</b> …

How Your G# Mechanism Can Get You Around the Horn Way Faster

<i>Photo by chriswaits</i><p>Not all that much has changed since Adolphe Sax first invented the instrument that bears his name, but fortunately there have been …

Tonguing Tips: Pushing the Limits of Your Saxophone Technique

<i>Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives</i><p>Pushing Your Saxophone Technique Limits<p>It’s true. There are physical limits to how many notes can be …

Position Your Reed Right, Play Better

Just about any saxophone teacher, book, or website will tell you that when fastening your reed to the mouthpiece, the best way to do it is to …

The Plane Truth: 10 Tips for Traveling with your Saxophone

Sometimes I think back on the way it used to be… I traveled regularly with multiple horns and <b>never had a problem</b> getting on a plane. Usually a tenor …

Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer Reviewed

Hey guys! Sorry for the long hiatus; I have been very busy preparing for college and playing saxophone. When I purchased my iPad 2 back in March, I …

Making the Most of a Transcription

Transcribing plays a vital role in most jazz musician's development whether it's outright transcription or just trying to capture and figure out what …

Reeds and Being Prepared

Every once in while I am reminded of how simply some saxophone problems can be solved, and I had one of those moments just in the past month. I've …

Which type of metronome should I buy?

Below is an article courtesy of howtopractice.com on purchasing a metronome, the musician's best friend. In practise rooms around the world a strange …

Finger Technique and Push-ups

OK, so that title is a bit misleading. This post won't deal with push-ups at all. However, it is about finger technique and arms will come into play. …

More Music

While hard at work with my book, <i>A Complete Approach to Sound for the Modern Saxophonist</i> (preview of the cover below, awesome photography by Frankie …

Theo Wanne AMMA

I've had the recent privilege of an extended play-test with a few of Theo Wanne's pieces. After Theo's enlightened ligature passed my stringent …

Slurring Up the Overtone Series

Note: This post is meant for players already familiar with overtones, and who have already expanded their range to 3 octaves or more. For a more …

Inflection and Improvisation

EDIT: There has been some confusion over this post, and I just want to make it clear. The point of this post is not that inflection is bad. The point …

A Complete Approach to Sound for The Modern Saxophonist

I am pleased to announce that my book is officially in print. For those who haven't caught me talking about it yet, here is a quick description:<p><i>A</i> …

Wynton Marsalis's Twelve Rules of Practice

My wife was digging through some papers when she pulled out a hand out and showed it to me. "Yeah, I think he came to our high school," she said. I'm …

Multiphonics Dissected

I've been using multiphonic as part of my tone practice over a long period of time, and while I have always thought of them as an interesting …

Benefits of Subtone and Diaphragmatic Breathing to Tone

I've made a couple fun discoveries recently, and while both are rather simple, they are certainly worth sharing. Best of all, both will help improve …

Question on Intonation

A saxophonist recently asked me a great question about whether intonation adjustments should be done through embouchure pressure or through …

Ear Training/Learn To Listen

I've been selling a lot of electronic tuners lately, and it seems that every month or so another manufacturer comes out with a tuner that is the next …

Saxophone Repairs: Home vs. Pro Jobs

Where do you fall in the saxophone repair continuum?<p>How much work do you personally feel comfortable doing on your saxophone? Is replacing a neck …