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Breathing Exercises & Resources for Musicians

Breathing Exercises & Resources for Musicians

Breath support is vital for all brass and woodwind musicians. In the following 2 video lessons, I share a few breathing exercises, and some resources to help build or maintain your breath support for playing saxophone, trumpet or any wind instrument. Even if you do...

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How to find target notes to improve your solos

How to find target notes to improve your solos

If you want to improve your solos, finding and connecting the target notes will make them flow more smoothly. What are target notes? These are notes that provide smooth, stepwise connections between the chords. Sometimes, connecting target notes can be referred to as...

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How To Improvise Using Melodic Shapes

How To Improvise Using Melodic Shapes

One of the tools I use when teaching saxophone and trumpet is a very popular resource for trumpet players. In this resource, there's a particular exercise that is a beautiful melody, and also a great lick. Recently, when I was teaching this exercise to a student, we...

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Gig Bag Essentials for Saxophone Players

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...

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Saxophone Practice Routine to Improve Technique

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...

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Jamey Aebersold Volume 24; How to improvise

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...

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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 solos...

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Saxophone Neck Strap Review

A good quality saxophone neck strap is not only important for maintaining good posture, but also for preventing neck, shoulder and back pain. I've reviewed some neck straps in the past, but the ones I review here are one I would wholeheartedly recommend for a person...

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Three Tips for a Successful Rehearsal

Are you rehearsing or practicing? There's a huge difference between the two, and that's what separates the pros from the amateurs. Watch the video below to discover that difference and for tips to make your next rehearsal a success. Three tips for a successful...

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How to improve your saxophone technique

How to improve your saxophone technique

One of the many questions I get asked is, "How do I improve my saxophone technique?" Technique, when playing any musical instrument is extremely important in order to play your favorite pieces and also express a message you are trying to say through your music. Of...

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NAMM 2018 Recap

NAMM 2018 Recap

There were some great new products and amazing jam sessions at NAMM 2018 in Anaheim. Here are some of my highlights: Trevor James Saxophones The saxophones from Trevor James were outstanding. Artists such as Andy Snitzer, Brian Miller and Steve Cole perform on them....

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How to play the saxophone softer

How to play the saxophone softer

Play the saxophone softer - wouldn't you want to play louder? The saxophone is one of the most expressive musical instruments. From the breathy subtone of the jazz greats to the screaming high note rock solo, saxophones can cover all types of dynamic requests and...

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About Donna

Musician, educator, speaker and Everything Saxophone Podcast host, Donna Schwartz, has helped thousands of people of all ages, all over the world, boost their music performance and improvisation skills through private and small group coaching, and online courses for over 30 years.

She has created dozens of online courses, including Boost Your Blues Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation Explained, Supercharge Your Jazz Improvisation, Get a Killer Saxophone Tone and many others.

Donna has performed in the NY and Los Angeles metro areas with finalists from the NBC show, The Voice, members from Billy Joel, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, Barbara Morrison and many other artists.

Her tracks have been featured on a number of indie artists' CD's, and in Criss Angel's Believe show at The Luxor in Las Vegas. Read More…

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