Steve@steveduke.net

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Date registered: December 6, 2013

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  1. Duke’s Guide For Practicing — March 3, 2015
  2. Free Your Breath — February 14, 2015
  3. Balancing Your Key Action — January 30, 2015
  4. The Problem of Correctness and Artistry — January 22, 2015
  5. How To Determine “Good” Technique — January 15, 2015

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  1. The Better You Sing It, The Better You Play It — 4 comments
  2. Balancing Your Key Action — 2 comments

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Dec 16

The importance of level teeth and saxophone tone

Level and even teeth affect the alignment of your head and neck, pressure on your reed, and the chamber size in your mouth. Upper teeth that are not level can cause your head to tilt on your mouthpiece, which can create problems in your neck, back, and jaw. Tilting your head also puts more pressure …

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Dec 10

David Liebman on the Compositional Style of Joe Henderson

I have been in the process of revamping my website, and it has been a while since my last post. Here is an excellent article by David Liebman on the compositional style of Joe Henderson. Click here for the article: David Liebman on the Compositions of Joe Henderson

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Jun 20

Finger Efficiency

Speed is always a subject for saxophone players.  How can we learn to play faster? Here is something to consider when you are working on your finger technique.  Keys close (side keys open) at the speed that your fingers press the keys.  But, the keys come back at the speed of the springs. For that …

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May 03

Warm up, Part 1

I usually find myself addressing how students warm-up.  Most saxophone players typically don’t give warming-up much thought. But, without it we can develop bad habits and setup ineffective practice sessions. Generally, warm-ups start with no brainer type things and progress to more specific and demanding things. Warming-up is not practice.  It is not supposed to …

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Apr 03

The aesthetics of good health

In our ambition to achieve what we want we are willing to use much more effort than is needed. Unnecessary effort usually leads to ineffective performance and fatigue.  This can lead to discomfort, pain and even injury. When we hurt, we focus most of our attention on getting rid of the pain or injury, and …

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Dec 03

Bob’s Rules

When I was young, I had the good fortune to study saxophone with Bob Rainger.  Like many musicians at the time, Bob made his living freelancing. He had a number of axioms on how to live in the world, which he would refer to in any given situation.  These simple phrases spoke to quality, integrity, …

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Sep 09

Music is a What and When Question

What do you play and when do you play it?  Without one there is not the other.  It is like catching a bus. You have to be at the bus stop when the bus stops.  Otherwise, there is no bus. Likewise, a note placed at the wrong moment creates an incomplete sound.  Literally, there is …

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