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The Mysterious Mazzeo “System” Clarinet

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The Mysterious Mazzeo “System” Clarinet

My late, great friend Terry Stibal once waxed poetic with me about a very unique clarinet system. He was a professional musician and band founder of the Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra in Texas.  All players of the clarinet family have always envied the facility of the flute players as they effortlessly flip around on their instrument, making repetitive octave jumps with great facility and ease. Of course, clarinet players achieve the same facility, but only with much, much more practice, because the clarinet is cursed with the dreaded “break”.For the clarinet family has been cursed by the science of...

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Is a Bass Sax in Your Future?

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Is a Bass Sax in Your Future?

“I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.” ~ Clarence Clemons The bass saxophone is one of the largest members of the saxophone family—larger than the more commonly encountered baritone saxophone. Only the contrabass sax is larger. It was the first type of saxophone presented to the public, when Adolphe Sax presented a bass saxophone in C at an exhibition in Brussels in 1841. The modern bass saxophone is a transposing instrument pitched in B♭, an octave below the tenor saxophone. The bass saxophone is not commonly used, although in the 1920s, it was used...

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Musician 101: Developing an Internal Pulse

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Musician 101: Developing an Internal Pulse

In this post we hope to give musicians some ideas/exercises to improve on internal pulse. Keeping a steady pulse is a fundamental skill for any musician. Even in different charts that encourage a flexible rhythm, such as a passage marked rubato, being able to maintain a steady pulse is essential for the music to work. One common cause of tempo problems is a musician’s inability to keep an accurate internal pulse. To keep a steady beat we must be able to feel the beat aka pulse. Having a precise sense of rhythm is the result of not only of an understanding of rhythm, but a finely...

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Defining the Swing Tempo

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Defining the Swing Tempo

We have talked about Measuring Music Tempos ~ How Fast is Fast? Today we are going to discuss Swing tempo, which has a no published standards. First we must define Swing. “In jazz and related musical styles, the term swing is used to describe the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or “groove” created by the musical interaction between the performers, especially when the music creates a “visceral response” such as feet-tapping or head-nodding (see pulse). The term “swing” is also used to refer to several other related jazz concepts including the swung note (a “lilting” rhythm of unequal notes) and the genre...

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The Three Sopranos

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The Three Sopranos

I have always purchased soprano saxes that give a hobbyist half a chance to play in tune. My favs to date are pictured below: Eppelsheim soprillo, Yanagisawa Elimona sopranino, and the Yanagisawa S992 soprano. I also have a Yanagisawa SC992 (curvy) that I just perform with because the audience really likes it; the curvy has sax appeal! These instruments are not always available and tend to sell very fast when we list them. Besides being gorgeous, they have a very nice sound and an inherently in tune-ness that is really appreciated.  While working on a soprano sax solo in Holst’s Venus there is a...

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