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Dick Oatts Solo Collection

The Dick Oatts Solo Transcription Book

Saxophonist Dan Bayliss has just released The Dick Oatts Solo Collection book. The comprehensive, 73 page transcription book is available through Oatts’ own site, www.dickoattsmusic.com. Assembling more than just a compilation of transcriptions, Dan Bayliss skillfully weaves biographical information and tips on style into this impressive body of work. The forward by Oatts himself as […]

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Skip Spratt’s NEW Duet Book!

I’m very proud to announce that my first duet book was published today! Each issue of the online flip book magazine Saxophone Today contains a new duet by yours truly. One year in, they have been compiled into a book of intermediate/moderately difficult duets for two saxophones. www.saxophonetoday.com/product-p/saxduetsbook1.htm

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Eli Bennett – The Chris Potter Transcription Book

Eli Bennett – The Chris Potter Transcription Book

Every once in a while a special saxophonist comes along and takes the music world by storm. In the early 90s that saxophonist (among other notables) was Chris Potter. Potter’s unique style of presenting a standard, coupled with his command of the instrument created a strong following among tenor saxophonists of the last two decades. […]

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Scenes, Songs & Solos:

Scenes, Songs & Solos by Steve Slagle

Saxophonist, educator (Manhattan School of Music), composer and arrange Steve Slagle has recently published Scenes, Songs & Solos—A Composition Workbook for the Creative Musician. The book is “an original guide to tapping into the creative spark for composition and improvisation.” The book also draws upon Slagle’s many years of experience that he shares within the […]

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Positive Advice for Single Reed Players

Saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Robinson who now lives in New York City has offered to share a very interesting article on the preparation of reeds. You can read his complete article below my own introduction. Introduction to Reed Preparation Like many others, I have dabbled in reed preparation and at times attempted to make a […]

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100 Ultimate Blues Riffs – Andrew D. Gordon

Andrew D. Gordon of ADG Productions has recently updated and added to his popular series of books with 100 Ultimate Blues Riffs – The Beginner Series. The original publication by the same title is geared toward intermediate to advanced students. Both books feature a companion CD and optional midi files that will help in the […]

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