mastering the major steve neffSaxophonist and teacher Steve Neff operates and a very busy private teaching studio not far from the Metro Boston area. The Syracuse native began his saxophone study at Ithaca College in New York. After a few semesters at Ithaca, Neff transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been in that area ever since. offers a great service to saxophonists everywhere with his patterns and exercises for download as well as some great comparison clips of vintage mouthpieces. Listening to these very clips is how I found out more about Steve Neff and his books. The site is attractive and easy to navigate in addition to sharing a wealth of information for budding saxophonists.

Mastering the Major Bebop Scale and Sound is one of his newest downloadable lesson books Neff offers on his site. In addition to the written book, some audio and video clips are available as well. The newest book offers 141 pages of introductory exercises, patterns and what he terms “links” to help facilitate the understanding of this useful scale.

As he has done with previous downloadable books, Neff offers the examples in all 12 keys. Additionally tips on how to practice and utilize these patterns are provided. There is no shortage of information to practice and absorb!

Online lessons are also available to all who visit Steve’s site and he provides a password-protected area for his private students in his area. Next time you have a chance, check out more about Steve Neff, his playing, teaching, downloadable books and mouthpiece clips at You’ll be glad you did.