Taming The Saxophone

Taming The Saxophone

Our other main saxophone site where you can find loads of information about saxophones, saxophone playing (and players), accessories, mouthpieces, tone exercises, fingering exercises, jazz, rock & blues improvisation and lots more.

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  • Books, DVD, CDs & Mouthpieces
    All the profit from sales at Taming The Saxophone and Cafe Saxophone is donated to charity. We are now making more than £10,000 a year from our fundraising, a big thanks to everyone Where Your Money Goes Enquiries Terms & The post Books, DVD, CDs & ...
  • (BEGINNERS SAXOPHONE)
    In the Beginners section: In the Beginners Impro Section: The How, Why, What and Wheres of the Saxophone If you have any questions, please ask. The only stupid question is the one you are too scared to ask. The Cafe The post (BEGINNERS SAXOPHONE) app ...
  • Fundraising on the Site
    All the profits from direct sales at TamingTheSaxophone is donated to various charities or special needs educational establishments. Also, all profits received by us from affiliate sales is also donated We have raised over £70,000 in the last 10 y ...
  • Beginners’ Impro TTS Vol 2
    In this section of the site we expand on some of the material in the book, Taming The Saxophone vol2.  Some of the pages in this section of the site include the basic sheet music of the tunes, ie “leadsheets” The post Beginners’ Impro TTS Vol ...
  • Chords For Beginners
    Here is a very simple lesson in the beginnings of harmony. As you probably know, there are 7 notes in a major scale. In C these are C, D, E, F, G, A and B. We number these 1 to 7, often with roman numerals instead of note names, which makes it easier ...
  • Rock & Blues
    Rock & Roll (& Blues) for Beginners I Although you might think that theory and rock or blues playing don’t have much in common, it’s surprising how useful a bit of basic music training can be when learning any style The post Rock & Blues appeared ...
  • Chords and Numerals
    If you have read part 1 of TTS vol 2 you should know how we use different types of numbers to help us understand about chords and chord sequences. This page gives you a visual explanation/reminder of the relationship between the The post Chords and ...
  • Special Chords
    We will call these “special chords” as they don’t quite fit into the method of chord construction we have learned so far, but really they aren’t that special so don’t be scared of them. Up until now we have been The post Special Chords appe ...
  • Voicing & Inversions
    A quick recap about chords We learned in the book that chords are two or more notes played together. We know how chords are constructed, that they are derived from scales by counting up alternate notes: 1 – 3 – The post Voicing & Inversions appea ...
  • Impro Exercises
    Minor Chords Im IVm & Vm (Gorilla) This exercise looks at how to work on the key scale and chords for the first tune in the Volume 2,  Gorilla. You can take two approaches to this: Key Scale only – The post Impro Exercises appeared first on Taming ...
  • Who’s in charge, you or the saxophone?
    Play the saxophone, don’t let the saxophone play you! Learn about the saxophone: how to start out if you are a beginner or how to improve if you are already more advanced. Learn how to speed up your fingering, control The post Who’s in charge, yo ...
  • THE SAXOPHONE
    What’s So Special About the Saxophone? Charlie Parker famously said “Don’t play the horn, let it play you.” The very rare film footage that exists of him playing the saxophone does almost make you think that he is just relaxing The post THE S ...
  • Saxophone Info
    In the miscellaneous information section   The post Saxophone Info appeared first on Taming The Saxophone.
  • Saxophone Buying Advice
    How to get the Best Buying Advice Don’t just listen to me, there are many different and valid opinions so for a start log in to the Cafe Saxophone discussions, you will also get a lot of useful saxophone information on choosing your The post Sax ...
  • Saxophone Reviews
    Disclaimer: I do not get paid or receive free instruments in return for reviews on this page. Very Inexpensive Saxophones Note that I’m not using the description “Cheap” saxophones. Although the models I intend to review in this category are Th ...
  • Saxophone Recommendations
    What’s a Good Saxophone? I am often asked to give saxophone recommendations, endorse mouthpieces and big up the retailers. I am not an official endorser of any product apart from Legere Reeds, and so I feel I can give independent The post Saxophone ...
  • Saxophone Insurance
    Insuring a valuable instrument While there are no dedicated saxophone insurance policies, there are several insurance brokers than specialise in musical instrument insurance. If you are not taking the instrument out of your house, you should be able ...
  • Saxophone Maintenance
    Cleaning Inside the Body of the Saxophone 1. The Pull-Through (or “Swab”) Probably the most important part of general saxophone maintenance, this is a cloth attached to a piece of string with a small weight on the end. You can The post Saxophone ...
  • Saxophone Repairs
    Leaks A leak happens when something on the saxophone such as pad closing is not an airtight seal. The symptoms are squeaking  or notes not sounding properly and generally a feeling of resistance. A good indication of a leaking saxophone The post Sax ...
  • Leaking G#
    Problems with leaky low notes? The issue is very often your  G# The G# on modern saxophones has quite a complex mechanism. All saxophone players need to know about adjusting the tabbed/articulated G# as it is one of the most common, The post Leakin ...
  • Saxophone Comparisons
    The Shootout I have chosen to compare five saxophones, three vintage and two modern. The vintage saxophones are my own two tenors, a 1930s Conn 10M (Naked Lady) and a 1950s “The” Martin, along with a 1954 Selmer MKVI which The post Saxophone Comp ...
  • Saxophone Players
    In the players section The post Saxophone Players appeared first on Taming The Saxophone.
  • Jazz Tenor
    The Great Jazz & Blues Tenor Saxophone Players To many people the saxophone is synonymous with jazz. If it hadn’t been for jazz, would the saxophone have survived? It was invented by a Belgian in 1841, and it never really The post Jazz Tenor appear ...
  • R & B Saxophone Players
    These biographies, photos and soundclips include all the influential rhythm and blues saxophone players of the 40s and 50s. Some of these are jazz players who contributed significantly to the development of blues saxophone, others are hardcore bar wa ...
  • Lee Allen
    Part 1 by Nick Pentelow | Part 2 by Pete Thomas   First published by Saxophone Journal. Unedited original interview and later additions published here with the kind permission of the author, Nick Pentelow. How do you get to speak The post Lee Allen ...
  • King Curtis
    This is a transcription of the King Curtis track Hungover. F# is often thought of as a difficult key to play on saxophone, but a very important one if you play in blues, rock or R & B bands as The post King Curtis appeared first on Taming The Saxopho ...
  • Saxophone Blues Transcriptions
    How do you learn to play a good blues solo? Also see Why You Shouldn’t Transcribe Some people think blues playing and improvising is easy: just learn a couple of minor blues scales and play them over the chords. Well, The post Saxophone Blues Trans ...
  • Mouthpieces
    In the mouthpieces section   The post Mouthpieces appeared first on Taming The Saxophone.
  • How to Choose a Mouthpiece
    Choosing your Mouthpiece It sometimes takes me about 2 weeks to really know if a mouthpiece is right or not and so it is not always a good idea to make that decision in a shop, however most retailers let The post How to Choose a Mouthpiece appeared f ...
  • Mouthpiece Charts
    Saxophone Facing Comparisons There are quite a few mouthpiece comparison charts out there, but most are not very user-friendly so I created this one based on some of the most popular tenor mouthpieces used by saxophone players today. One important Th ...
  • Alto Mouthpiece Comparisons
    Scroll for more tracks I have gathered together some frequently recommended (and some not so frequently) alto saxophone mouthpieces. Most mouthpiece comparisons you hear are not always the exact same piece of music, so here I have attempted to play T ...
  • Mouthpiece Material
    Mouthpiece Material: Does it make a Difference to the Sound? Yes and No (but mostly no) Yes | No | Listening Test As we know from reading about whether the material of the saxophone itself can make a difference to The post Mouthpiece Material appeare ...
  • Saxophone Mouthpiece Cleaning
    How to Look After Your Mouthpiece Prevention Cure Mouthpiece cleaning is important of course, but first let’s look at how to maintain it on a regular basis in order to help prevent it from getting into such a sad state that The post Saxophone Mout ...
  • PPT Mouthpieces
    Concept Models Players Audio For more images & info see the individual pages: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Baritone | Testimonials The Concept Behind PPT Mouthpieces Like many saxophone players I have been on a constant search for the The post PPT Mouthp ...
  • PPT Soprano
    As with the tenor and baritone mouthpieces, my reason for developing the PPT soprano saxophone mouthpiece is not commercial, I just wanted to get the best soprano mouthpiece for my own needs. I had been using a vintage Selmer Soloist which I really e ...
  • PPT Alto
    Due to overwhelming demand we have now introduced the PPT alto mouthpiece in Onyxite. This is not just a scaled down version of the tenor, the concept is slightly different. My inspiration for these includes the Brilhart Tonalin and Meyer Bros. The ...

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