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Hear Skip Play!

Skip Snipet! Manteca         Black Orheus* Night and Day* Fours* Sunnyside* April in Paris* All the Way* Old Time R & R*     *Tthese are audio clips from semi-recent gigs. The quality speaks for itself, however the ensemble playing is worth a listen. Most of the clips are from a gig […]

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“Tools” in the Shed

Study Materials Basic Scales/Arpeggios Major Scales Mr. Saxophone Scales (Jr. High) Major Arpeggio (several keys) Chromatic Scales Minor Scales Saxophone Scales (Full Range) Study Guides The Saxophone Guide Garton's Goodies The Flute Guide The Clarinet Guide Practice Helpers Practice Chart Cycle of 4ths and 5ths Modes Explained For Doublers Sal Lozano Flute Warm-ups Sal Lozano […]

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Software

Stuff we like and use. Skip's Picks Mike's Picks Sibelius Finale Finale Transcribe MOTU DP4 iLife: Music. Photos. Movies. Blogs. Propellerhead Reason Audio Hi-Jack Transcribe QuickTime Pro for Mac OS X Band in a Box Bias' Peak (Audio Mastering)   Toast Titanium      

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Motivation

How to Motivate Students to Practice Often it is apparent that a student is eager to participate in the band program, but has trouble keeping up with regular practice. The recommended time is 20 to 30 minutes each day. Here are some suggestions on getting more out of your time: Set a regular time for […]

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Midi Files

MIDI Files for Improv. Patterns II-V Improv. Pattern II-V Improv. Pattern # 2 Descending II-V Improv. Pattern Diminished Patterns The Blues – In All 12 Keys! Starts in F and up a 1/2 per chorus David Sanborn's – The Dream   Links to Web Sites with MIDI Files Good Places To Start More Free Midi […]

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Definitions

Altissimo – the extreme upper register of the saxophone or other woodwind instruments. On saxophone, it is sometimes referred to as the "Third Octave". Diaphragm – the muscle (or group of muscles) in the stomach area which help push air out of the lungs. For example: Try putting your hand on your stomach and cough. […]

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Clarinet Shed

Tools in the Clarinet Shed – Study Materials The Clarinet Guide (good place to start) Major Scales Mr. Clarinet Scales (Jr. High) Tonguing Exercises Basic Jazz Scales Ladybird Turnaround Cycle of 4ths and 5ths Vibrato Study (Jazz Clarinet)   Transcriptions The Entertainer for Clarinet(Thanks for the correction, Christa!) Sing, Sing, Sing   Other Clarinet  Links […]

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How I Remember Mike:

Michael Brecker was among the first saxophonists I listened to for direction and inspiration. No, I was not alone – but I felt Mike was playing especially for me – I still do. I first met Mike at a clinic held in St. Louis. I don’t remember the college but I was playing at a […]

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Wolfe (Tayne) Taninbaum

Wolfe Tayne is a legendary name among saxophone mouthpiece manufacturers, professional musicians and entrepreneurs in the music manufacturing business. The same Wolfe Taninbaum – now 90 years old – had an illustrious career playing in the studios and sound stages in New York during the Big Band Era of days gone by. His seven-year tenure […]

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Sal Lozano

Sal Lozano is one of the most sought-after saxophonists and woodwind players working in Los Angeles today. Equally comfortable in the theater, studio or on stage as a featured member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Sal’s presence has become somewhat expected among section players in Los Angeles. Although his name may not be familiar, […]

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