Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 31

Shed Your Slow 5-2’s

Finger technique is important. We diligently practice eighth-note and sixteenth-note patterns over ii-V-I progressions, chromatic substitutions, and non-diatonic tonalities. It is not unusual to hear sixteenth-note lines at a quartet-note = 200, faster than Charlie Parker and John Coltrane played, faster than at any time in the history of the saxophone. But, great players also …

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Mar 17

The Better You Sing It, The Better You Play It

We practice many hours learning how to control our instrument. But, we may not accurately hear what we are doing. A good way to tell is to sing what you play. Our voice reveals what we hear and what we do not hear. You do not have to be a trained singer to sing in …

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