There is a lot of information, insights and thoughts about playing soprano saxophone here. There are no “lessons”, just information and opinions that have been forged over a long time. You’ll find information on horns, mouthpiece styles, reed choice, intonation, bores, curved and semi-curved necks, players, recordings and sometimes some real treasures that come my way. I will share them here whenever I can. So, come back once in a while. Sometimes the information might be the same but the “change” has occurred in you. It happens, thankfully and we grow.

INTRODUCTION TO SOPRANO SAXOPHONE Part 2

(Note: It is always imperative that you know that your horn is in good adjustment and, most importantly, that your soprano mouthpiece is correctly set up. Failure and trouble are inevitable if either is amiss) Part  2 / BLOWING AND … Read More

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INTRODUCTION TO SOPRANO SAXOPHONE PART 1

  Part 1: Setting the Record Straight about Soprano Saxophone The soprano saxophone has developed quite a reputation in its short lifetime, and not all of it is good. It’s time to set the record straight about the supposed “Devil’s … Read More

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SOUND & SAXOPHONE REEDS

SOUND AND SAXOPHONE REEDS:  A Little Clarity I have been planning this article for a while and just kept putting it off. Why? Because it seems like it should be simple, which it is in some respects, but is gets … Read More

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STEVE LACY : His Music Notebook 1965

Steve Lacy is regarded as a category of one on the soprano saxophone. Here is a PDF of his music notebook from 1965, when he was 31 years old. It is fascinating to examine and to actually play, too. MAY … Read More

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Wrong Conclusions About Soprano Mouthpieces

Probably the most difficult thing for many players to realize is that they really have little or no idea about why a soprano mouthpiece doesn’t play well for them. It’s just as likely to be true about the other saxophones … Read More

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Flat Table or Concave Table: Part 2

So, great discussions have arisen from the first post on this subject. It has prompted me to continue down this road a little further. To briefly summarize the general responses asserting that concavity is preferable to a flat table and … Read More

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Try Taking LESS Mouthpiece on Soprano

Lots of well-intended advice about “taking more mouthpiece” seems to pop up all the time on various saxophone blogs and discussions, but rarely try taking LESS mouthpiece on soprano sax, and I think this is a very overlooked and important … Read More

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Your Mouthpiece: Free Evaluation

Free evaluation of your mouthpiece. This is as simple as it gets. Before you buy yet “another”  saxophone mouthpiece, send me yours. I will inspect and measure up your mouthpiece , and report to you what I find regarding table, … Read More

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