Category Archive: Practice

Jan 15

How To Determine “Good” Technique

Technique is a simple question. Do you do what you intend? Yes or no. But, given the number of styles, genres, schools, and models, how can you objectively evaluate your technique? Most sound has four elements – pitch, tone, volume, and duration. You can create technical exercises by changing one of the elements and notice …

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Jan 08

Use Your Imagination

Imagination is the most powerful tool you have to improve your playing. Before you play, imagine the sound you want – the attack, the release, the tone, rhythm, etc. Then simply play that sound. Without reacting or judging, decide what you would change in the sound. Imagine what you want and play again. Keep repeating …

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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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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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