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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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Zach Sollitto describes a music book unlike just about any other. Take a peek and see what you think. Instructional videos from Greg are included here as well.
Introduction After reviewing Hip Licks for Saxophone Volume 1 and Volume 2, I contacted Greg when I heard about his new book called The Lobster Theory (and other analogies for jazz improvisation). I will be offering an overall review, my thoughts, and a conclusion as to what I was able to take away after working through this …
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Here's part II in our two-part series on ear training. What I like about Scott's techniques is that they're so simple, yet so powerful. Training your ear ranks up there with the most important skills a musician must have, especially an improvisor, so I think that you're all going to find a lot of value in the method that Scott shares in this article.
This article is the second of a two-part series on ear training brought to you by Scott Edwards of Ear Training HQ. Click here to read the first installment. A big part of ear training involves working on dedicated ear training exercises. These exercises focus on individual sounds (whether it’s intervals, scale degrees/solfege or chords) so you can learn …
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Ear training guru, Ryan Edwards offers a take on ear training that's an alternative to the intervallic approach that many of us use. The article starts super-basic, but then delves deeper into his approach to ear training in a way that's truly applicable to musicians at all levels.
When we first learn to play the saxophone we start by learning to make a sound. Then we learn where to put our fingers. After that usually comes B, A, G. I still remember being told to remember them using the word bag. Once we have the first three notes down we obviously start adding …
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Hey guys, I know I've already shared this with you, but I had to share it once more because I've been made aware that I messed up the links to the downloadable exercise PDF's, which obviously, umm...sucks. So take another look now and you'll find the correct exercises. My apologies to the great Bill Plake, who wrote this awesome article - which has been making its way around the web to rave reviews (not bragging, it's all about Bill here).
Getting a full, resonant, singing, “fat” sound is the aim of many a saxophonist. For some it means a continuous quest for the right setup. And without a doubt, equipment plays a significant part. Certain horn, neck, mouthpiece and reed combinations help optimize resonance. But no matter what your equipment is, you can always fatten …
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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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If you're looking for a guaranteed way to become a better sax player, a more well-rounded musician, and a more employable musician, then here is something you should by no means ignore. And if you currently have no interest in playing the flute, I recommend you give this a read anyhow, as Sam Sadigursky shares some compelling reasons to at least consider it.
By now, many of you have noticed that many saxophone players also play the flute, which is commonly referred to as a “double” in our world. Often, saxophone parts, particularly in big bands, include segments written for the flute, giving composers and arrangers an added color to work with. And in the studio and show …
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Zach Sollitto at it once again with a review of two highly unique products- one whose likes I can guarantee you've never seen. Fascinating stuff for all sax players.
Introduction As I discussed in my 2015 NAMM Product Review Part 1, over the past few years, the Silverstein ligatures have become one of the most popular ligatures used by professional players such as Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Malaby, Vincent Herring and the list goes on. Sean Yang and May Rhyu over at Silverstein …
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Resident sax product jedi, Zach Sollitto takes a deep dive into this new saxophone brought to us by a passionate and established manufacturer. As is the case with all of his reviews, this one is extremely educational in terms of how saxes work and what to look for in a horn.
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A truly epic article from the great sax pro and teacher, Bill Plake. Sheet music is included. As always, his methods are practical, fun, and most of all - effective. I'm proud to have content like this on the site, as it's a great feeling to know that articles like these almost guarantee that no reader will walk away disappointed. Read and learn, my friends...
Getting a full, resonant, singing, “fat” sound is the aim of many a saxophonist. For some it means a continuous quest for the right setup. And without a doubt, equipment plays a significant part. Certain horn, neck, mouthpiece and reed combinations help optimize resonance. But no matter what your equipment is, you can always fatten …
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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.