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Practice, But Not Practice

In the last couple of articles I’ve told you about my journey from out of shape to gig ready, but there’s one bit I didn’t tell you about. In case you missed the start to this story, you can read it here Actually, this probably isn’t new to many of you but it is worth mentioning. In my...

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What Did I Actually Practice?

There I was, just a few days until a run of gigs started and I was, post holiday, out of practice! (In case you missed the start to this story, you can read it here) As I said in my last article, the practice I did to get in shape was done through the prism of focussing on a good...

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Go From Not Playing To Having The Stamina To Play For 2 Hours

It’s been a busy summer… I managed to get away camping on the North Norfolk coast here in the UK, which was beautiful - as you can see in the picture below I had a load of gigs pretty soon after returning from holiday, so I had my alto all packed up and ready to take away...

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1 Simple But Highly Effective Practice Tip

I've just had a great practice session, working at mouthpiece, tuning and timing. After mouthpiece and tuning, I was practising various chromatic exercises with my metronome...but my embouchure was tired and about to give out. So, to extend my practice time I did this: Every exercise I...

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Playing Difficult Phrases In Fast Pieces

I was asked a great question recently about how to tackle a difficult phrase in a fast piece. Obviously, what constitutes "difficult" and "fast" will vary depending on where you are with your playing. But whatever level you're at, I'm sure that the method outlined in my answer will help you...

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Don't Believe A Word I Say!

In an email to my SAXOPHONE Studies members this week, I sent out some scales for them to practice to help with a new video and piece of sheet music that was being released. Soon after sending it I realised that I had I made a mistake! I realised because one of my diligent students thought...

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How To Create A Major Scale

I was asked a question by a new pupil today about how to create a major scale. I thought it'd be useful to share the answer with everyone in the SAXOPHONE Studies community... Every major scale is created by following the same pattern of intervals. It doesn't matter which note you start on as...

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Top 10 Albums - #4

Here's the 4th record to add to my list of top 10 albums. And just to remind you, this is my top 10 albums that have influenced me and my music so far. In case you missed the first 3, you can read about them here Top 10 Album #1 Top 10 Album #2 Top 10 Album #3 My 4th selection...

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Top 10 Albums - #3

Here's the 3rd record to add to my list of top 10 albums. And just to remind you, this is my top 10 albums that have influenced me and my music so far. In case you missed the first 2, you can read about them here Top 10 Album #1 Top 10 Album #2 My 3rd selection is: Jazz Samba - Stan Getz...

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Top 10 Albums - #2

Here's the 2nd record to add to my list of top 10 albums. And just to remind you, this is my top 10 albums that have influenced me and my music so far. In case you missed #1, you can read about that here in this blog post. My 2nd selection is: Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster Here's a...

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