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Saxophone Reeds; How to choose and adjust them

Saxophone Reeds; How to choose and adjust them

When first starting out on the saxophone or any woodwind instrument, there are so many questions about saxophone reeds: Which brand of reed should I use? Which strength reed is best? Should I use cane or synthetic? How long does each one last? Why doesn't every reed...

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10 Essential Fitness Exercises for Musicians

10 Essential Fitness Exercises for Musicians

Fitness exercises? How will that help me become a better improviser, or improve my tone?In this special guest post by Jasmine T. from TakeLessons, a variety of activities detail how your music performance can benefit when you take part in fitness exercises for...

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Change Your Focus, Improve Your Performance

Change Your Focus, Improve Your Performance

The Rio Olympics are around the bend... I don't know about you, but I LOVE the Olympics.    I had the opportunity to attend the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 (I was actually planning on moving to Atlanta because I love the city). It was such a magical time.   But for some...

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Saxophone Reeds; How to choose and adjust them

4 Ways to Test Your Saxophone Reeds

We all commiserate over our bad saxophone reeds. Sometimes, it feels like every reed we pull out is a bust; it's either too hard to blow through or squeals like a pig. And then, when we finally find one, we cherish it like gold and hold onto it for dear life, playing...

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50+ Lifechanging Apps Every Musician Needs

50+ Lifechanging Apps Every Musician Needs

(This awesome article originally appeared here on the TakeLessons Blog.) Musicians, teachers, and students — listen up! Did you know you have a wealth of resources available to help you learn scales, improve your rhythm, check your pitch, and teach you new techniques?...

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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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