Loren Stillman – Interview and Exercises for Triad Groupings, Cell Development, and Giant Steps
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by Zach Sollitto
1w ago
Introduction I have been a fan of Loren Stillman’s playing for quite some time. Recently, I saw Loren posting more videos on Instagram of himself playing tenor – an instrument which I didn’t know he played – and sharing some great practice ideas everyone could benefit from as well as additional content on his Patreon. [read more...] The post Loren Stillman – Interview and Exercises for Triad Groupings, Cell Development, and Giant Steps appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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Rundown of the Latest and Greatest New Sax Gear (2024)
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by Zach Sollitto
3w ago
Mea Culpa OK, so, maybe this article is based on an event that happened about 5 months ago (aka NAMM 2024). And maybe we were a bit embarrassed to mention that in the title of this article. However, what you’re about to read most certainly lives up to its headline and is a wide-ranging overview [read more...] The post Rundown of the Latest and Greatest New Sax Gear (2024) appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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Multi-Faceted Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins on Harnessing the Power of the Mind and Much More
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by Zach Sollitto
3M ago
Introduction After returning from NAMM 2024, I was approached by Jennine Peter at 82 Rogue about checking out Kirsten Edkins’ new album Shapes & Sound. Kirsten Edkins is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in L.A., and in this conversation, she shares more about her story, from starting on the saxophone, to studying at Eastman, [read more...] The post Multi-Faceted Saxophonist Kirsten Edkins on Harnessing the Power of the Mind and Much More appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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A Musician’s Guide to the Art of Creative Practicing
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by David Bixler
3M ago
I believe that jazz music is one of the most intellectually and artistically demanding paths on which a musician can be. Technical chops and pyrotechnics that have historically been part of jazz improvisation are still an intrinsic part of the music, and the skill set needed to learn an instrument well enough to navigate the [read more...] The post A Musician’s Guide to the Art of Creative Practicing appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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Demystifying the Art of Arranging for Saxophone Quartet
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by René Blom
4M ago
Introduction If you’ve ever had any interest in creating arrangements for saxophone quartet, or if you’re simply curious about how those arrangements are created, the read on, as there are few people walking the planet would be as qualified on the subject as the man you’re about to hear from. René Blom is a conservatory-trained [read more...] The post Demystifying the Art of Arranging for Saxophone Quartet appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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4 Powerful Exercises for Saxophone Sound and Flexibility
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by Pernille Bévort
4M ago
Powerful In this article, I share some exercises for solidifying the most important fixtures of my practice routine – sound and flexibility. Exercise #1: Opening Up Your Sound I think of this exercise as a way of working towards a bigger sound by making sure that the flow of air is not constricted as it [read more...] The post 4 Powerful Exercises for Saxophone Sound and Flexibility appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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The Extraordinary Journey of Saxophonist Aidan McKeon
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by Zach Sollitto
5M ago
Introduction You hear it time and time again – the playing level of young musicians entering the scene nowadays is higher than it’s ever been. One of the players who exemplifies this trend and starting to build a name for himself is Aidan McKeon. I had not heard of Aidan until running into some videos [read more...] The post The Extraordinary Journey of Saxophonist Aidan McKeon appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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A Checklist For Practicing Technique to Develop Musicality
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by Pete Epstein
5M ago
During my 45 years of playing the saxophone, 25 of which have included teaching at the university level, I’ve developed a teaching philosophy that boils down to two pretty simple things: Help students develop strong fundamental musical skills (instrumental technique that is relaxed, flowing, and confident; rhythmic/metric integrity; fluency in theory and harmony; broad knowledge [read more...] The post A Checklist For Practicing Technique to Develop Musicality appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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Review of JL Woodwinds Artist Edition New York Signature Tenor Saxophone
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by Zach Sollitto
6M ago
Introduction It’s been over five years since I last visited John’s shop and much has changed since then. Besides having a large assortment of modern and vintage saxophones, John has expanded his line of products to carry Ted Klum’s mouthpieces, Ishimori ligature & reeds, and an assortment of vintage mouthpiece, ligatures and some neck-straps. While [read more...] The post Review of JL Woodwinds Artist Edition New York Signature Tenor Saxophone appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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A Conversation with In Demand Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino
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by Zach Sollitto
10M ago
Introduction Although I mainly play tenor saxophone, I still pick up the alto from time to time and like to listen to various alto players such as Kenny Garrett, Baptiste Herbin, Jaleel Shaw, Will Vinson, Immanuel Wilkins, Nick Biello, Braxton Cook, and the list goes on. Today, I was fortunate enough to meet up with [read more...] The post A Conversation with In Demand Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino appeared first on Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever ..read more
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