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  1. Jazz and Improvisation
    so, as a big headed post high school jazz all star i can say my first year of college was... humbling. when i would go jam with friends i would sit there running up and down with no direction, uniqueness, and also in the wrong key. its different when the blues scales aren't sitting on your stand...
  2. Polls and Surveys
    Hi all, I am studying for a Masters in music psychology and investigating the experiences of performing improvisation (jazz or any other genre / culture) and anxiety or 'nerves'. I have an online survey which I'm collecting responses for, the link is here...
  3. High School and College
    Hey guys, I'm a 15 year old kid who has been playing the sax for about 7 years now, though the first 3 of those was spent learning to read music (incredibly poorly) and fingerings, etc. In the last 3 years I have been learning very slowly some basics of improvisation with some blues scales and...
  4. Practicing
    I have looked for an explanation of this - that I understand, all of over the internet but I seem to come up short every time. In my jazz band, I play lead alto , and get parts that call for an improv solo. I usually do pretty well using Blues scales, but I want to know what I'm actually doing...
  5. Jazz and Improvisation
    from: http://craigbuhler.com/2015/01/25/how-i-learned-to-play-by-ear/ Here’s a 1963 picture of “The Downbeats” with our matching red blazers. I’m the towhead on the right with the clarinet. Our pianist had an unnerving habit of calling off complex Broadway arrangements he had worked up...
  6. Saxophone Solo and Ensembles
    I'm a tenor saxophone player and I'm pretty good when it comes to improvisation, but however when the chord changes come into play, not so much. I do believe it is because I haven't grown accustom to counting until the chord changes then switching while thinking up something to make the audience...
  7. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hi all, As I am playing mostly in jazz combos these days, when we play ballads I'm often expected to play a sax cadenza at the very end of the tune. I'm looking for advice about how to develop a cadenza, specifically with regard to harmonic motion and melodic development in order to resolve a...
  8. Practicing
    Hello everyone, I have a new blog post up at http://www.jondelucia.com/vandoren-speed-bach/. This time I'm talking a bit about my new book idea, including a sample page I would love to get your feedback on. I'm extracting diatonic sequences from Bach works and writing them out in different...
  9. Brand Name Players ...
    Some thoughts on Lee's show last night in NYC, what a guy!: http://www.jondelucia.com/lee-konitz/ ?
  10. Playing Songs
    Here are some things I've been doing: 1. Figure out the overall structure of the tune (AABA, blues, whatever). 2. Find the key centers, 2-5-1s, and other coherent progressions (e.g. 3-6-2-5-1). 3. Measure by measure, play the guide tones. 4. Play arpeggios of various kinds (ascending...
  11. New Product & Dealer Announcements
    I recently made a new video series (12 lessons in all) about the 9 essential steps to cultivating strong improvisation skills on the saxophone. It deals with: - Transcribing and learning any melody thoroughly. - Stretching a melody - Uncovering the structure of a song and filling in the...
  12. Tips and Techniques
    Hello fellow improvisers :) I recently made this new video lesson series (12 in all) about the 9 essential steps to cultivating strong improvisation skills on the sax. It deals with: - Transcribing and learning any melody thoroughly. - Stretching a melody - Uncovering the structure of a...
  13. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hey everyone, I wanted to let the SOTW community know about my new publication, The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony on CMA Press. I began this project eight years ago because I observed a disconnect between how great improvisers play and how jazz is...
  14. Composer/Composition
    Hey Everybody, I'm currently working on the Sammie Nestico arrangement of Samantha on the alto sax. After listening to it about 1001 times, I can play the freely written portion pretty well. When I hit the improve section, that is where my trouble starts. I can identify with all cord...
  15. Solo Performer
    Hi everybody! I've done a couple solo gigs with own material and just wanted to get some feedback from fellow saxophonists. I already posted this at a free jazz-thread, but there haven't been any comments, so I try this sub-forum. Here's a clip of my latest solo sax concert. Still working...
  16. Jazz and Improvisation
    I played Alto in high school and got exposed to some jazz but never really got into it. That was a lot time ago. One of my favorite genres is broadway show tunes. So I got the Hal Leonard Play Along #83 which is Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes. I know that may make some want to barf but I can't...
  17. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hey guys, Some blatant self promotion here, I hope you don't mind... I just wanted to share with you guys that I'm going to be coming out with a downloadable jazz course consisting of audio master class interviews with Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, and Bob Sheppard. It also comes with an e-book...
  18. YouTube videos
    Hey guys, thanks for all the support in past months. Thought I'd share a video that was taken at a recent performance at the Blue Whale's outdoor summer series. There's a part to with the ending + drum solo as well. Thanks for watching! If you're in the LA area and interested, you can find...
  19. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Here is my version of this great standard... I went for a slightly different take on the original and wanted to make it more my own, please listen through it. enjoy! Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWgcR_1As74 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ian-t-thesaxman71/softly-as-in-a-morning...
  20. Jazz and Improvisation
    I am 16 and have been playing saxophone for about 3 or 4 years now(10th Grade). I was just hoping some of you could help me out by giving me some feedback of my playing. Here is a High Quality video of me playing Now's The Time and Billie's Bounce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqsD7iggJPY I...
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