https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U79hU4DPvLw In this clip, I am playing a custom-made SYOS mouthpiece for the tenor sax. I was going for a darker sound, with just enough high-frequency to cut through. I really like this one. I find it very comfortable and easy to play. I like trying new mouthpieces. At first, I was looking for that … Continue reading My Custom Syos Mouthpiece
For the past several weeks I have changed my approach to practicing standard jazz tunes. I am learning to outline the chords of the song. Up until now, I had only learn how the chord progression works, and determined what scales I could use to improvise. Learning to outline the chords of a song seems … Continue reading Music or Life?
I think I am the only one familiar with this blog's content. So, I guess I'm just writing to journal my musical progress. I AM making progress. I believe I am playing better jazz than I ever have in the past. I am better at analyzing chord progressions. I am steadily adding new tunes to … Continue reading Progress & Equipment
https://youtu.be/eF6ZEkdTe2Y David Sanborn has been one of my favorite saxophone players from the beginning. In fact, he was my first. I was in high school the first time I heard him play. Unfortunately, I have never heard him perform live. My first exposure was a recording of him performing with Randy Crawford at the Montreux … Continue reading David Sanborn
So, this past December, I decided I wanted to see a jazz concert. I searched Google for Jazz concerts in the Charleston, SC, area, and Camille Thurman with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra came up for a Saturday evening concert on February 26, 2022. I had never heard of her, and now, I will never forget … Continue reading Camille Thurman & The Charleston Jazz Orchestra
https://youtu.be/OwvEjyi0tJY So, I have been feeling better lately. I got a chance to play the horn this week, and I wasn't in as bad a shape as I thought. My embouchure feels pretty good, and my technique is not horrible. I look forward to trying to improve. I no longer have any hope of playing … Continue reading A Fine Romance
I was tested, but the test came back negative. I have had the Moderna vaccine several months ago. And since my test came back negative, I have to assume I have had the flu for the past 7 days or so. Whatever it was/is, it was a full-blown sickness; fever, chills, coughing, headaches, stuffiness, clogged … Continue reading Flu/Covid?
Leading up to the holidays, I have been making some slow progress in the practice room. For the next couple of days, I will have to put in some quality practice time. I will probably work on some scales and technique-building stuff. My embouchure has been feeling pretty good. I can practice for at least … Continue reading Holiday Practice Schedule
I'm often frustrated beyond belief, and anger follows. Well, mostly self-deprecation and pity.
https://youtu.be/W6Khbt2f6aI So as I said I would last week, I have recorded myself playing a tune that I’ve been working on for what seems like forever. The name of the song is How High The Moon. All of the songs I’ve been trying to learn are pretty easy. However, you do have to know your … Continue reading How High The Moon