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I have been in my school band for 2 years. I went from elementary to middle school. We started in 6th grade and are now in 7th and I am a tenor sax. I currently gave problems with coming from over the break to some of the lower notes like F, F#, E, D, et cetera. If anyone has suggestions, please post some.

Feedback on my Fantaisie in E Major

This was the first score I posted on musescore. I posted it first because I am particularly proud of it. It is difficult at parts, but most people should be able to play parts of it (Hint: at the beginning play the Es on the 7th fret of the 5th string). If people really find it so difficult that they cannot find a way to play it on their own I can add in fingerings, but for now I am curious what people think of the score (besides how messy it is. It is messy because it was made before I knew how to space things out on musescore) and how tricky people find this piece. Here is a link to it: https://musescore.com/user/26752381/scores/4783201

By the way, the word Fantaisie is in French because that's what language Sor used to title a lot of his music.

[article] Sax practice routine

One of the main problems every saxophone player faces at some point is: “what and how to practise”. I just wanted to share some experience and knowledge on the topic - I’ve been a practising saxophone player for about 18 years already. This is not a complete guide or an instruction, but a note containing some suggestions. Though I am more into practising improvisation now, I’ve tried to mention some more general practise activities here .
So let’s just go through an example of daily practice schedule:

  1. Breathing.
    Whenever I have time I get back to some breathing exercises (see my article on breathing) - 3-5 minutes or so - as breathing is one of the most important things for producing great sound, and cool sound is what we are constantly aiming for.

  2. Long tones
    - indispensable both for embouchure and for breathing skills. Moreover, different dynamics, cresc, dim, steady tone, etc. - at least 15 minutes. Be aware of your intonation and timbre during this exercise! You may want to use some tuner. Also read the article about embouchure posted in this group, I find it important. One of saxophone myths is that “only beginners should practise long tones”. I like to compare that with sports: every sportsman warms up before actually starting doing sports; long tones - is a warm-up for professional wind player, we need that to be in good shape, that’s of vital importance!

  3. Overtones*
    - practising overtones and matching them to standard fingerings. Try to match the “full” timbre and pitch of overtone when playing tones using “normal” fingerings. There are several books on the topic, a good place to start is the corresponding section of David Liebman’s “Developing a personal saxophone sound”

  4. Techniques you need:
    tonguing exercises for “junior” saxophonists , different articulations - for all sax players (it’s extremely helpful to start with simulating articulation of your favourite saxophonists, especially for jazz-oriented musician) for more advanced players the list might look like this: flutter tonguing, split tones (multiphonics), altissimo, growl, circular breathing, etc.

  5. Scales and arpeggios.
    All kinds of scales and arpeggios you need; a plenty of things for jazz players: all modes of major/minor scale, diminished and augmented scale, melodic minor scale (actually there are tons of scales, see the fundamental work of “Yusef Lateef “Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns”) , triads and 7th/9th chords (including augmented ones) arpeggios, studying chord/scale theory (check Mark Levine’s “Jazz Theory Book”). David Baker’s “Creative.Approach To Practicing Jazz” is a good source of ideas. “ I am not too familiar with classical stuff, so feel free to post your thoughts and share your experience in comments.

  6. Exercises.
    Both classical (for developing your overall playing technique, like “Daily exercises for saxophone” by H.Klose) and jazz (elements you need for improvisation - enclosure, 3 to b9, licks and patterns:II-V7, all kinds of cadences, cycle of fifths, etc.. Just remember to practice things in all 12 keys whenever it is possible. Here are the authors of literature on the topic: Jerry Coker (co-writer of “Patterns for jazz” and the author of a bunch of other books), David Baker (“How To Play Bebop” in 3 parts, etc.), and, of course, the educational books with playalongs by Jamey Aebersold.

  7. Practising improvisation.
    That is: studying transcribed solos (and the process of solo transcription itself, of course) - remember analysing not only the notes played in different harmonic situations, but also the master’s articulation and time feeling (is he behind, before or on the beat?; learning tunes with chord progressions, applying patterns, licks and everything you’ve learnt in steps 5 and 6 and, finally, several minutes of “just improvising” to track your progress and just for pleasure. There is a really cool book called “Elements Of The Jazz Language For The Developing Improvisor” by Jerry Coker, I highly recommend it. The same author has an article entitled “How to practice improvisation” in his “Complete Method for Improvisation” book (part of this article was included in Jamey Aebersold’s “Jazz Handbook”)

If you have any questions or if you have something to add to this article - please don’t hesitate to do it in comments!

The music of Agustín Barrios

I wanted to upload a few pieces by Barrios and maybe we can talk about them or any other piece by him.

I've just uploaded 4 new pieces by him and by far the best one i think is this Serenata. It's very close to Capricho Arabe, actually i only listened to this piece one or two before, but now the more i listen the more i seem to love it. Barrios talks from his very heart here. Also i strongly encourage you to read the description i wrote in the video, and maybe we can discuss even more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz6ll-9GzWo

you can find the other three pieces here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFtStipcwBTAiLV64PeHXg/videos

The music of Giulio Regondi

So, I have already confirmed that J. Herman isn't familiar with the music of Giulio Regondi. André Lavor wasn't either. I am curious about everyone else. At any rate, if you aren't familiar the music of Giulio Regondi here are some links so you can listen to some of his music then tell me what you think (you don't have to listen to all of them if you don't want to, but I'd say you'd have to listen to at least 3 or 4 of them to be able to say you've given his music a fair chance):

Op. 19 Nocturne "Reverie" (this was the first version of the piece I encountered. There weren't that many to chose from back then, but now there are tons of recordings of this piece out there, all recorded in the last five years or so. This is still one of the best though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rviAJNgif2s
Op. 20 Fète Villageoise (this was wrongly labelled, but I am glad I found this several years ago. Great guitarist, best version of this piece I've ever heard.):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGakEopMmN0
Op. 21 Air varié: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52FXL5Pqako
Op. 22 Air varié part 1 (this is from the first guitarist I knew of that played Regondi on YouTube. My introduction to Regondi was him playing the Fete Villageoise, but I have found other recordings of that piece I like better since then. His recording of this one, however, has remained one of my favorites): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HQDban90ps
Op. 22 Air varié part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPXZ9jQwyuk
Op. 23 Introduction et Caprice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD0g_cfyJlk
Regondi's Etudes numbers 1-3 (Not all of these used to be available on YouTube when I first found out about Regondi. He has really risen to popularity in recent years as far as I can tell): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Fy7ToJ5Fo
Numbers 4-6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dOXYVHXwRw
Numbers 7-10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9o5zipLMSE
The Bellini Variations (This one was recently rediscovered in 2007 and was written in 1840's, which is around the same time Mertz wrote many of his compositions, including his operatic fantasies.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdZptPFsj3I
Fantasie on Themes from Mozart's Don Giovanni (Same case with this one as with the Bellini Variations.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLKBSJ5agPc
Feuillet d'album (another piece recently rediscovered in 2010.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrMN46blxQc

My view of Regondi is that if he had composed more and for more popular instruments besides the guitar and the even less popular (even back then, nevermind now) English Concertina, he would be widely considered one of the better composers of the 19th century. Please tell me if you agree.

The best playlist of short pieces of music I can think of

So, I made a playlist on YouTube of pieces of music all under 5 minutes, the best one I could think of off the top of my head (although I am not finished yet, I still have more pieces in mind to add to it, but it is tedious to order everything in a playlist on YouTube). I made them all under 5 minutes because that way if someone sees a piece on it that they are interested in it will only take them a few minutes to listen to it, whereas if I did a list of the best music of all time there would be quite a few really long pieces that most people wouldn't want to sit through, especially if it is music they are unfamiliar with. I stuck with instrumental classical music since that is what I have been listening to in recent years. Also, if you listen to the whole list just the changes in style between composers can be a bit jarring already so I didn't it would be a good idea to add in all kinds of different music. But, I should mention there is a lot more guitar pieces on it than I originally thought. I guess I am really biased towards guitar music being a guitarist myself. Here is a link to the list I made: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgLpA673UvB0dCDLNMIK4ttlmFP7dL7tm

Surprisingly, without me asking or even mentioning it to him, another fellow (who also plays guitar) decided to make his own short pieces list (although not all of them are under 5 minutes). It introduced me to some pieces I wasn't already familiar with that I think are great and it also had some ones I had planned to put on my list! Here is a link to his list: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGaNzXur0tYyHQ1ulpjGzTYxQ6RtKWH59

Overall, it was a fun experience going through his list, so I am curious if other people are interested in making their own. It doesn't have to be on YouTube. You can just type it if you want. I think this is a good way to introduce people to good music that they might not be aware of.