Why Warmups Are Crucial for a Great Practice Session, an interview with Nick Mainella

How important are warmups up to you? How long do you spend warming up? What exercises do you warm up with? All these questions and more are answered in my latest radio show on the BAM Radio Network with my special guest, Nick Mainella, from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast. You can listen to the […]

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 musicians. Studies have also shown that being active helps to clear […]

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 athletes, it doesn’t […]

How to Revive Dead Saxophone Reeds; the ultimate tip to make your saxophone reeds last longer

We all know how important a good quality reed is to having a great tone on the saxophone or any woodwind instrument. But when we experience dead saxophone reeds, it can be really upsetting, especially if it happens in the middle of a gig. I don’t know about you, but I start thinking, I’ll never […]

Want your Woodwind Reeds to last? Reedjuvinate them!

If you’re tired of your clarinet, saxophone, oboe or bassoon reeds dying out on you after only a couple of weeks, you need to listen to my recent interview with John Mackey from Reedjuvinate. Click here to listen to the episode. What is Reedjuvinate? Reedjuvinate is a reed storage system that is cleverly designed to […]

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 it well beyond […]

How jaw problems can be the culprit behind poor tone…

Most musicians don’t realize how their jaw position can have such an effect on their tone quality, and how jaw problems can be the secret culprit behind problems with tone. I’ll never forget my first year of teaching, where I had some talented young musicians in the 4th and 5th grade… A young girl’s experience […]

Improving Saxophone Tone; Words of Wisdom from Jazz Saxophone Great, Tim Price

Is your Saxophone tone thin? Is your Sax Section not blending? In Part 2 of my interview with Tim Price, world-renowned saxophonist, we spoke about the importance of listening, getting a good saxophone tone, taking good care of your instrument, mouthpiece, reeds and case, lower lip position, how to keep your throat open, as well […]

World-Renowned Saxophonist, Tim Price: How to Teach Authentic Jazz Language

Struggling with jazz improvisation? I recently had the honor and pleasure of chatting with Tim Price, world-renowned saxophonist, about how to teach authentic jazz language. I had been reading Tim’s article’s in the Saxophone Journal for many years now, and had gotten to know him over the last 2 years while we met up at […]

Want to learn tunes quickly? Here’s how I learned 61 tunes in 8 days…

It’s funny….people tend to think that professional musicians can learn tunes quickly and call up any tune at a second’s notice and play it perfectly, without rehearsal. Look at the popular show, Nashville. (It’s actually one of my favorite shows.) Those musicians can effortlessly back up a singer and play the chord changes without having […]

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