Gig Bag Essentials for Saxophone Players

What’s in my gig bag? That was a question asked by one of my super-fans recently. I’ve been on gigs where I have forgotten something essential, and it can create extra worry and unnecessary stress. In this video lesson, I cover the “gig bag essentials” that saxophone players need to bring to gigs. Some of […]

Boost Your Saxophone Technique With This Saxophone Practice Routine

If you’re stuck in a rut with your saxophone practice routine, and are feeling like you need to boost your saxophone technique, there is a popular routine that has helped many saxophone players get a better understanding of their scales and chords. It has also helped many musicians (all instrumentalists can use this routine) develop […]

Jamey Aebersold Volume 24; How to improvise

Just starting to improvise? Still learning scales on your instrument? Or maybe you want to improve your ability to improvise on the notes and chords from scales? Jamey Aebersold Volume 24, Major and Minor is a good resource for you to learn how to play your Major scales and Minor Dorian modes, and improvise over […]

How to Play Jamey Aebersold Volume 1; How to improvise

So many musicians think that improvisation is a big secret…a mystery that only a select few know how to do. But if you think of improvising as carrying on a conversation,  you can create your own solos…just using the language you already know. One of the time-tested resources for decades has been the Jamey Aebersold […]

How to Use Licks in Solos

Do you try to use licks in solos, but your mind goes blank when it’s your time to perform? Or maybe you’re not exactly sure what to play during a section of a tune, so you try to force a lick into that spot but it doesn’t quite work out?  A common belief is that […]

How to Start a Solo; Three-part series to sound like a pro

One of the biggest challenges when improvising is how to start a solo. You may be thinking… What can I play that would sound hip? What notes should I start on? Should I do a whole bunch of fast notes or start off slow? Should I start on a high note or low note? …and […]

Five Music Practice Tips that Will Motivate You to Practice

This past week, I ran a 5-day music practice challenge with daily tips to get you inspired, excited and motivated to practice your instrument more. Each day was a different tip and a different topic. And I did something I had never done before…. I made each video under 2 minutes! This way, you could […]

Saxophone Overtones; How to play them and why we use them

How many times has someone said to you, practice your saxophone overtones? So you go to attempt to play them, but immediately get stuck. Certain pitches come out great but others are impossible. And then you start wondering why you are practicing them in the first place, other than you were told to do so. […]

Scale practice; How and what to practice to build your saxophone technique

One of the most effective ways to build saxophone technique is through scale practice. Scales are the building blocks for all music genres, and help build vocabulary and ear training skills. Scales also include arpeggios, which are the individual pitches that make up chords.  Chord practice is vital for hearing the chord changes in jazz […]

The Musical Instrument Museum; A gem for musicians of all ages

I couldn’t believe the multitude of musical instruments I saw at the Musical Instrument Museum. And how certain brass and woodwind instruments evolved over the centuries and continents. That’s what you’ll see and hear and more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the Holidays this past Christmas, I got the chance to […]


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