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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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Top 10 Albums - #1

I've seen a lot of people posting their top 10 albums recently on Facebook. I thought it would be fun to do the same and share with the SAXOPHONE Studies community my top 10 albums that have influenced me so far. It'll give you a bit of insight into my music, also a bit of listening too....

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Two Simple Exercises to Massively Improve Your Sound

Probably like most people, the thing that drew me to the saxophone was it’s sound. Initially, Coleman Hawkins on a 1950s French film sound track, then later countless other players. Early in my playing career it struck me that if you make a great sound then you don’t actually have to play that...

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​The More You Practise, The Worse You Get?!

I had a pupil come in to a lesson recently saying that she had done loads of practise, but she wasn’t getting any better. In fact, she was getting worse! I love it when people come in saying things like this; it’s like a “red rag to a bull”. I love the challenge to disprove them! In a nut...

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