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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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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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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…