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Saxophonists from around the globe use this site to develop their skills and become more creative with their playing.

Common Questions ​​4 - How do I get fast when practising the scales?

I have recently received a series of questions about the saxophone and saxophone practise; I thought it would be useful to share the answers here for everyone in a series of blog posts. Here's the fourth one... To practise playing fast, you have to go slow. Most people don’t want to...

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Common Questions 3 - ​​Tonguing up notes on a scale; can you help please?

I have recently received a series of questions about the saxophone and saxophone practise; I thought it would be useful to share the answers here for everyone in a series of blog posts. Here's the third one... 3 - Tonguing up notes on a scale; can you help please? If there is a problem, I...

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Common Questions 2 - my C# to D change over needs work on the speed - any ideas?

I have recently received a series of questions about the saxophone and saxophone practise; I thought it would be useful to share the answers here for everyone in a series of blog posts. Here's the second one... 2 - My C# to D change over needs work on the speed - any ideas? Yes, yes I do!...

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Common Questions: 1 - what are the main differences between Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone saxophones?

I have recently received a series of questions about the saxophone and saxophone practise; I thought it would be useful to share the answers here for everyone in a series of blog posts. Here's the first one... 1 - What’s the main difference between soprano, alto, tenor & baritone...

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Remember Your Posture - You'll Play Better!

I had a conversation yesterday with a lady who had been working through some of the SAXOPHONE Studies videos. She mentioned a problem that she had encountered and solved. It occurred to me that other people will probably be doing the same thing, so I thought I would share it with you all. She...

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Keys & Backing Tracks in "3 Steps To Scale Heaven"

I have had a question on how to select the correct backing track when practising scales, as laid out in the 3 Steps To Scale Heaven course. And if one person is confused then I am certain that there will be others! Hopefully this blog post will help to clear the mist! Here's How To Ensure That...

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Improvised Melody

I was at my gig on Saturday and had a bit of time spare after the sound check, so I took the time to mess around improvising on my horn and I came up with this melody. I recorded it on my iPad to listen to later; when I did, I still liked it so I thought I'd share it with you. Hope you like...

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How Does My Story End & How Does It Help You?

By now you’ve realised that scales and I have got a bit of a “thing” going on! Well, the third part to this story brings us up to the present day. I still practise scales and love trying to find new things to do with them. But, what is most relevant to you is how that has effected my...

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How I Learnt To Love Scales, part 2

Here’s the second part to the story of my rebirth as a scale-ophile! (don’t think that’s officially a word, but I think it should be!)… …There I was at music college in the UK, studying under some great saxophonists, and musicians. The more I learnt about music, harmony and improvisation, the...

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How I Learnt To Love Scales, part 1

I’ve been talking about scales a lot recently, so I thought I’d tell you the story of why I love them so much… The younger me refused to play scales; my teacher would talk to me about them and I would just glaze over! All I wanted to do was play and improvise. I think the idea that I had to...

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