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Playscore 2 App Review

Playscore 2 App Review

I was approached by the creator of the PlayScore 2 App to create a product review. Here's a little background on the PlayScore 2 app: PlayScore 2 is a sheet music scanning app for mobile devices. It has revolutionized music education by its ability to play printed...

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Work Song Lick from Cannonball Adderley

Work Song Lick from Cannonball Adderley

If you like playing the Blues and you like Cannonball (and Nat) Adderley, then you also probably like the song, Work Song. This is a great Work Song Lick that's awesome for all melodic instrumentalists playing Blues & Jazz. And this lick by Cannonball Adderley...

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Funk Saxophone Licks; Candy Dulfer

Funk Saxophone Licks; Candy Dulfer

When it comes to Funk saxophone licks, one of the best ways to fast-track your improvisation is to learn licks from others. And when it comes to Funk music, it's vital to listen deeply, because the articulation and rhythms are very intricate. That's why the best way...

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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

Does improvising using melodic shapes and warming up have anything in common? Yes! Let me explain. I frequently am asked how I warm up. I don't do long tones like most people, where you hold out 1 note for as long as possible. While this is invaluable, I feel that...

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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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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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