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Perhaps the worst thing about playing the saxophone, or any reed instrument, for that matter, is, of course, crappy reeds. In this article, Zach Sollitto takes a deep dive into a tool that claims to help you lessen the pain caused by crappy (and expensive!) cane.
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Professional saxophonist and educator, Nick Mainella shares his exercises for developing that "bebop sound" you hear in the solos of folks like Bird and Dexter Gordon, characterized by a sort of weaving in and out of the chord changes with a seemingly endless flow of ideas. There's also a downloadable PDF with all of his exercises included as well, so you can print it out or read it on your computer or iPad/tablet screen. Have fun!
I used to struggle with chromaticism in my solos. I wanted nothing more than to achieve that bebop sound, weaving in and out of chord changes effortlessly and never repeating myself. It wasn’t until I consciously sat down and came up with some exercises geared specifically toward this concept that it started to come out …
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Zach Sollitto take us through a new study in rhythm that covers an area of musicianship that the vast majority of sax players have little-to-no experience with. Sax pro and educator, Bill Plake has authored a book that opens us to a world of improvisational ideas never previously imagined, giving us yet one more way to avoid the trap of over-playing licks and getting trapped in our musical "comfort-zone".
Bill Plake’s “Essential Polymeter Studies In 4/4” Introduction Before I talk about Bill’s e-book Essential Polymeter Studies In 4/4, I thought you might want to find out more about the author. Bill Plake is “a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and an Alexander Technique teacher, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). He is …
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Zach Sollitto dives into the latest collection of transcriptions from one of the greatest saxophonists of our time.
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There's more to building up your saxophone technique than just playing saxophone-oriented exercises. NYC-based recording artist and sideman, Sam Sadigursky, shares some exercises that if practiced, can't help but stretch you in ways which you might not have been stretched otherwise.
Those of you who know me from my previous articles know that I’m a huge fan of practicing material written for instruments other than the saxophone. Part of this is that I’m always looking for new practice material, and that the saxophone is a relative baby on the scene, so relative to other instruments there’s …
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One of the hottest players on the jazz scene shares some quick insights that might surprise you in more ways than one.
Biography Marcus Strickland (born 1979 in Gainesville, Florida) is a jazz soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist who grew up in Miami, Florida who currently lives in New York. Down Beat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll named Marcus ‘Rising Star on Tenor Saxophone’ in ’10 and ‘Rising Star on Soprano Saxophone’ in ’08 and JazzTimes Magazine’s Reader’s Poll …
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Now here's pretty unusual piece of gear that purports to instantly pump up your sound. Zach Sollitto takes a close look and shares his results after giving it a very solid try.
Klangbogen Introduction At the 2016 NAMM show, I stopped by ReedGeek to check out the ReedGeek Black Diamond G4. While at the booth, Mauro Di Gioia, founder and president of ReedGeek, showed me a new device he called the Klangbogen. To gain a better understanding of what the Klangbogen has to offer, I will be …
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BSWE resident saxophone gear guru, Zach Sollitto gives us a good look at two new mouthpieces that aim to replicate the sound of two of the saxophone world's most coveted and ubiquitous mouthpieces - the metal Otto Link Slant, and the hard rubber NY Meyer. Take a look to see how close these two new pieces get.
Stephan Kammerer MouthpiecesIntroduction The first time I heard of Stephan Kammerer is when I visited KB Saxophone Services in N.Y.C. Kim Bock introduced me to some of Stephan’s prototype hard rubber mouthpieces while I was test playing various SBA’s and Mark VI’s with my Otto Link Slant Signature tenor mouthpiece. I remember playing one of …
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In a departure from our usual focus on the jazz side of things, classical saxophone specialist, Manny Martinez runs down ten albums that will get you started in your understanding of what proper classical saxophone playing sounds like. Or, if you're already versed in classical sax, take a look and see if you agree or disagree, I'm very curious to know everyone's thoughts.
Introduction As a classical saxophone player I find there to be so many different great recordings and interpretations by talented saxophonists around the world. It’s fascinating when analyzing where saxophonists take their phrases and expression as most saxophone players don’t have the same interpretation even though they may be performing the same piece. This list …
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And he does it again! BSWE resident sax gear guru, Zach Sollitto takes us for a spin through the saxophone area at NAMM 2016, which he believes to have been the best NAMM yet. Some very interesting new goodies are highlighted, so try not to break the bank once you get done reading this one.
Introduction This marks my 5th year attending NAMM (North American Music Merchants) and it keeps getting better and better every year. The 2016 NAMM show was yet another year filled with more exhibitors showcasing new and updated products ranging from saxophones, necks, ligatures, mouthpieces, reeds, and the list goes on. With only 4 days to see …
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An enlightening Q&A session with Jason Marshall, one of the hottest bari players on the scene right now. He shares concepts that aren't what you normally hear emphasized, so give it a read and leave a comment to share whether you agree or not.
Introduction While visiting the 2015 NAMM show, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz Brown was nice enough to introduce me to one of my favorite baritone saxophone players, Jason Marshall. If you have not heard of Jason Marshall yet, I would recommend checking out one of his albums. I asked Jason if he would be willing to share …
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Zach Sollitto talks to renown saxophonist and educator, Josh Quinlan. In this interview, Josh shares some unique, creative, jazz-based approaches to technique and tone. There are a bunch of other inspiring and actionable insights in here as well, and I'm excited to have it up on the site for you guys now. Enjoy!
Josh Quinlan is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based out of  Colorado. Quinlan is currently an Instructor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado, music faculty member at Denver School of the Arts, Director of Education for the Colorado nonprofit, Gift of Jazz, Director of the Dazzle Recordings label, and Co-Director of the Telluride …
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Saxophone tips, techniques, interviews, reviews, and news.
Introduction
Welcome to the Google+ home for the world's foremost online saxophone magazine (hey, I know it's not humble, I'm just playing along with the brand name).

Why I Bothered Creating BestSaxophoneWebsiteEver.com

Put simply, the purpose of this site is to provide the best saxophone tips, techniques, reviews, overviews, interviews, and just about anything else for the saxophone player looking to improve their sax playing and have a great time doing it.

What’s in it for You?
  • By absorbing the vast wealth of information and practical exercises that I and my guest contributors will share on various aspects of saxophone mastery, you’ll accelerate the process of improving your playing.
  • You’ll receive guidance on the best saxophone equipment for your needs.
  • You’ll be enlightened by interviews including podcasts with some of the best sax players on the scene.
  • By learning from, and about, the great saxophonists past and present, you will find yourself doused with healthy helpings of genius juice.
  • You’ll take in the business wisdom of the pros so that you can actually make a living blowing into that horn.
  • You will never want for great resources outside of the site to help you along your saxophone journey.
  • You’ll stay up to date with the latest and greatest news in the world of saxophone.
  • You’ll be able to point your saxophone students to a new resource that will help them become better as well.
  • Thanks to the oodles and oodles of saxophone goodness on the site, you’ll become increasingly inspired to get better on your instrument, making your life a lot more fun.
  • You’ll be entertained with my razor-sharp wit (not to mention my humility).
As for me…A brief history:
  1. Picked up the sax in 6th grade
  2. Became a bona-fide band geek in high school, entered lots of competitions, even won a bunch of different awards including the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award.
  3. Travelled to unfairly-maligned New Jersey to study at William Paterson College – the little commuter school with 60 of the best college jazzbos this side of the Kremlin.
  4. While in college, did a 6-month stint with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and even a few gigs out of state with reggae master Half Pint (I swear I didn’t inhale).
  5. Also while in college, discovered electronic music and started producing jazz-flavored house music for a variety of underground dance labels.
  6. Post-B.M. (which is pretty-much what a Bachelor of Music degree will get you), my musical collaborator (Gabriel D Vine) and I started performing our electronic jazzy house music live, and I started getting lots of gigs with DJ’s in Los Angeles jamming over dance records.
  7. These days, playing gigs sporadically and constantly seeking ways to combine my passions for music, writing, and technology.