I don't know if anyone on this forum will be interested in this, but I am conducting a study to measure the "porosity" of saxophone pads made with different coverings and then have the same pads measured in a physics lab for "acoustic losses". The point of the study is to if there is a relationship between the porosity of a pad covering and its acoustic efficiency.
For example, it is well known that the kangaroo skin used for the no stick white roo pads tends to be more porous than pads made with traditional leathers. Some techs will not use these pads equating pad "porosity" with pad "leaks". Hopefully this study will shed some light on this topic. Shown below are some photos of the set-up used to test the "porosity" of the various pads.
It's been a while since we had a new IOTM.
This one is loosely based on the changes to 'Tune Up'.
There is NO melody to learn( no cheering at the back) you make it up as you go along. The first version is all about chord tones. As you can see the scores are blank, just add the right chord tones on the chords as a reminder if you need to. Then using only chord tones improvise(create your own melody line) along with the backing track provided, no other notes for now. We might ask you to write down what you play Don't worry we won't
Once that is under your fingers then you can add extra notes. Still based on chord tones but you can use the notes a half step above and below the chord tone you are playing/played, eg if the chord tone is 'C' then you can use 'B' or 'C#'.
For the third version now that different sounds are getting in your ears play what ever you like over the changes.
Don't worry, each version is only a single chorus so there...
This is very exiting news. After months, no, years of R & D and one or two extra grey hairs appearing on Dr. Pillinger's head plus one or two falling out of mine, i am pleased to say it looks like we may finally have an alto mouthpiece good enough to decorate with this distinguished brand.
I already have quite a long list of interested parties so please make sure you are on my mailing list, via the contact form here:
How to contact Pete Thomas
There will be two production facings (custom facings also available)
5* (suitable for classical and also fine for beginners)
6** (For anything else)
The 6** is more or less a 7, but may feel more like a 6* or 6 which I find to be the absolute best for jazz, pop, blues, r & b, rock and anything else including bluegrass and dubstep (Not doorstop)
I received a nice email this morning from Paul's granddaughter, who thanked me for the mention of him in the TamingTheSaxophone article on R & B saxophone players
She has mentioned it on the Paul Williams Facebook Page
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So please like, share and comment there, tweet it etc.
It's about time the Cafe had it's own Blues thread. So here it is.
This is all about you and the Blues No complex jazz changes to challenge
the grey matter, no blistering tempo to change the arthritis . This is open
to ALL members to have a play with. There's NO melody to learn just make up
The backing can be downloaded from here "HoneyRose"
Don't worry the title is just a working title, you can title it what you like. The track has
x5 choruses with a two bar intro, the Key is Bb minor, the tempo is about 80ish.
The chords are.
ll Bbm l F7+ l
ll: Bbm l % l % l Bb7+ l
Ebm l % l Bbm l % l
Gb7 l F7 l Bbm l F7 :ll
Bbm l % ll
Feel free to post as many versions as you like, each time you find another way round
the track press record and share it on here. I know Pete and Aldevis will be joining in on...