I have been asked this question for over 50 years now and it is simple…. They aren’t! …. Playing the altissimo on the saxophone is just a matter of hearing the right note and learning how to produce that note….. everyone has their own idea of how to play the altissimo from closing the throat… Continue reading Why are the high notes on a saxophone hard?
Again today, I hear people talking about how the saxophone is out…. BS I say! The saxophone is the last of the wind instruments that can provide the artist with different sounds and approaches to soloing… I must admit I think saxophone players have done themselves and the saxophone a great injustice by all trying… Continue reading “Long Live the Saxophone”!
It seems to be the curse of the Jazz musician that they must criticize all other musicians, the way they play and/or their music….. It seems they spend a lot of time talking about how bad other musicians play or that they do not like their music…. Seems like a big waste of time….. If… Continue reading The Jazz musicians curse:
Today is the day you should do that thing you always wanted to do and start playing the saxophone…. My friend Wilt Chamberlain started playing the saxophone in his late 50’s… I met him for the first time when he bought a tenor from me….. he took lessons from another friend Lou Malaro and had… Continue reading Wilt Chamberlain played tenor saxophone!
Saxophone Ribbed Construction simply means the post are soldered to a larger rib and then the rib is soldered to the body of the saxophone… This is a very common method of manufacturing since the Selmer company used it on the Mark VI saxophones… The idea being it was that it made the saxophone darker… Continue reading Saxophone Ribbed Construction:
I have been reading a lot about how the saxophone has run it’s course in pop music….. if so, it had a great run….. I think this is a lot of bull with Kenny G, Dave Koz, Candy Dulfer and so many great saxophonist still at the top of the charts. I believe when the… Continue reading Is the saxophone dead in the water?