Tag Archive: sax

Aug 17

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG.

MY MOST PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING GIG. (But also one of my most fun gigs) Life can be challenging sometimes. When you are a self employed musician it’s a case of NO PLAY, NO PAY. How many times over the years have I dragged myself to the gig when I should have stayed in bed. In the …

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Jul 14

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE?

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE? Somebody called Steve S asked the question on the internet search forum Yahoo answers When did the term axeman change to mean Guitar player? He posed the question in quite a humorous way, and I thought it would be a fun way to start today’s blog. “We needed some …

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May 10

Piano, Perfection -1

stickman Piano

Piano, Perfection -1 Thanks to Gillian Jeffrey for the fantastic stick-man graphic. If you would like to see more go to www.pinmandesigns.com     Both my children are coming to an age now where they are staring to show an interest in learning music. I have just recently bought my daughter a Ukulele  This is a wonderful instrument for …

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May 07

KEYS THAT ARE POPULAR WITH GUITARISTS FOR TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS

KEYS THAT ARE POPULAR WITH GUITARISTS FOR TRANSPOSING INSTRUMENTS   Many modern church bands and pop bands are GUITAR DRIVEN. So as an instrumentalist playing a transposing instrument (sax, clarinet or trumpet) in a guitar driven band,it is very useful to know how a GUITARIST THINKS A piano is a very intuitive instrument where intervals …

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Apr 11

THE ART OF USING BACKING TRACKS

THE ART OF USING BACKING TRACKS In an earlier blog THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC. I touched on the subject of backing tracks. In this blog I would like to expand on the subject. Let me say from the outset that I will not enter into an argument with …

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Apr 08

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART.

Transposition Chart

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART. If there is anything that can get your head in a spin, it is transposing sax parts. Here is a chart that you can download, print and paste on your wall in your work space. When your head starts spinning, remember there are 2 basic rules: Bb instruments 1 whole tone above …

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Mar 27

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC. A commentary about snobbery among musicians. My favorite line in the original Blues Brothers movie is: “There are only 2 types of music…Country and Western.” When I was a music student in South Africa, my lecturer’s favorite quote was “There are only 2 …

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