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Saxman DN Rhythm delves into the topic of neck strap position. Specifically how to find that "sweet spot" on the strap which you need to find in order to get the best sound possible.
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Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Christian McBride, and Kurt Elling are just a few of the names that NYC saxophonist Troy Roberts has played with. In this interview he gets into topics such as how he practices scales using multiple variations, the value of higher education in music, and lots more.
Interview: Saxophonist Troy Roberts
Interview: Saxophonist Troy Roberts
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Once again, I am very honored to feature on the site, world-renown alto saxophonist, recording artist, and educator, Jon Gordon. As saxophonists and improvisors, we can often get locked into hearing music in terms of melody alone, and as a result, the content of our solos is often, frankly (but understandably!), less harmonically-diverse than what we'd hear from a piano player. In this article, Jon exposes us to a concept that gets us hearing harmony in a much richer way that would not have occurred to many of us as players of a single-note instrument. Anyhow, I'll let Jon explain. Enjoy! :)
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In case you missed this one by Mark Morley-Fletcher...
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In case you missed this one by Adam Larson...
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Saxman Larry Weintraub is back, keeping it very real with an article on going over all of the practical considerations you'll need to be aware of as you venture into the world of professional saxophone playing. This is super-important stuff, even if you only gig occasionally, or if you aren't playing gigs at all, since much of what Larry is sharing is good common sense as well as general musician's etiquette.
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Imagine for a moment what kind of musician you'd be if you let go of those nagging self-doubts and performed with the kind of confidence that breeds an authentic connection with your audience. Pretty cool, huh? Musician and mental performance specialist, Mark Morley-Fletcher shows us how to be just that kind of musician.
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I don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that this is an absolutely epic article. Sax master Bobby Stern goes way-deep into methods for generating, literally, endless content in your solos. For me, much of this vocabulary is in line with the melodic shapes you hear in Coltrane's solos, especially around the time of Giant Steps. Sheet music and audio samples are included. I would call this a must-read for any improvising musician.
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In case you missed this one by Rick Margitza...
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This is one of the more remarkable articles we've had on the site in a while. Usually, when we think about learning to play bebop, we think about hitting the right notes as we weave through the changes. But there is so much more to bebop than just "playing the right" notes. As NYC sax pro, DN Rhythm explains, the bebop sound was borne from a way of speaking, and in order to get that authentic sound and subtle swing, you need to "say it and then play it". Anyhow, I'm not really doing the article justice by trying to explain here, so check it out and see for yourself (sheet music exercises included).
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