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  1. Practicing
    Well, here is the video. I think I'm definitely going to hear some differing opinions on this one, but that's what I'm about - learning new things and continually trying to grow! Please watch before randomly commenting...or not...it's all good - just let me know what you think!
  2. Practicing
    Hey everyone - new video is live! In this one I go over a simple process of how to count and play quarter note triplets. I hear and see so many people not only playing this incorrectly but teaching is wrong as well. If you just do a little counting it will become easy for you! Check it out and...
  3. Practicing
    Hey everyone! I get messages each week from people asking for advice on certain musical topics, both relating to saxophone specifically and music in general. I have lots of videos planned to address this (in my "Real Talk Real Tips" and "How to Not Suck at Teaching Music" series) but I figured...
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    Hey everyone! I was wondering if anyone out there has been working on any of the A. Sandole methods? I've been shedding Craft of Jazz - Journeyman for a few months now with a bass player friend of mine, but would love to connect with some sax players who have used it or are using it. I'm also...
  5. Multi Sax!
    I am placing this story in case anyone else is considering a similar action. I have two locations. In Buenos Aires the walls are thick and the downtown noise drowns out my practicing, so I can do my thing until about 11:00 at night. But in Orange County California, the walls are thin and the...
  6. Practicing
    Hello. I'm 17, play tenor sax, junior in high school. Let me inform you my story so far so you guys can understand why I'm writing this post. I started playing sax in middle school as a pretty average band student. Come 8th grade, I joined my friends band playing bass, and was introduced to the...
  7. Practicing
    It's been a five year absence since I last played my horn and a few events have occurred this year that have me interested in playing again. But one major thing stuck out...if I really want to be able to sit in on jam sessions I need to work on my ear training. This is something I've neglected...
  8. Practicing
    Be the teacher. When the teacher is ready, the student arrives… :bluewink2: You go to the hairdresser to fix the mess you have on your head, and you ask for something not too short, well cut and fresh. In a word, you want to look good. Back home you find yourself in the mirror with a pair of...
  9. Practicing
    Hi all, Obviously we're all looking to improve, and I'm looking to get to the 'virtuoso' standard. What do you have to have under your belt to be considered as a virtuoso, and what should I be practicing and listening to? Thanks, Zach
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    Just found these great interviews with Greg Osby & Chris Potter at www.radhikaphilip.com: https://soundcloud.com/being-here/greg-osby-on-practicing https://soundcloud.com/being-here/chris-potter-on-practice V
  11. Playing Songs
    Well, not entirely a cappella...there's a drum loop. But no harmonic instruments. Video (& gear list): http://bobreynoldsmusic.com/invitation/ Shedding this way provides a bit more rhythmic inspiration than a metronome on 2 & 4, but still forces you to get inside the tune's guts, keep the time...
  12. Practicing
    I have no idea if anyone will find this interesting, but this is how I sometimes shed to tracks.
  13. Practicing
    I'm on a trip to Puerto Rico for a family gathering. I embarrassingly left my tenor, which I meant to bring, inside when we were going out to the car. I've done a lot of listening (as usual) and singing/vocal improvisation (I even figured out a nice little triad enclosure melody very much in the...
  14. Practicing
    The North Orange County Jazz Lab + Experiment blog has been updated with a new transcription and audio recording from saxophonist Ben Wendel! Subject is John Coltrane's tune 26-2, and Ben demonstrates two ways to approach it: "macro" and "micro". Enjoy! Special thanks to Ben for letting me post...
  15. Practicing
    Do you know, how can I get my embochoure back as quick as possible after not blowing for two months? I won't be able to do play the horn for two months. Thank you!
  16. Practicing
    "Life is short. Time is our most valuable commodity. If you're going to practice, you might as well do it right." - Noa Kageyama, Juilliard-trained violinist Go read this article on practicing. Look, we all struggle with practicing. We all go through periods where it's fun and exciting, where...
  17. Practicing
    [this is an excerpt from a recent blog post] Playing All the Time I just had a great phone conversation with my old high school friend and saxophone mentor. We reminisced about how much playing we did back then: practicing early before school, listening–critically–to music during the 30 minute...
  18. Jazz and Improvisation
    New workshop up at the Jazz Lab + Experiment. If you're interested in the "new thing" we tried out this past week, you've got to check this one out. This exercise is based on chance, and is a great way to break out of your or your band's typical molds and into new territory...
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    Practicing Sax in the Car I learned this trick from one of my students. He lives in France and says he’s taken to practicing sax in the car while stuck in traffic on his daily commute! Check it out...
  20. Tone Producing & Embouchure
    Does anyone know of any tone production exercises that will help develop your sound from a beginner tone to a more professional sound?
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