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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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The Great Flute Debate: Open or Closed Hole View

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The Great Flute Debate: Open or Closed Hole View

Gordon Palmer, a friend of mine posted this gem on the Sax on the Website. I wanted to put it here for my many sax friends who, like me, struggle with doubling on the flute. When I plugged my flute key holes, my wife asked me why. So I had her play her flute, the exact make and model as mine, and then she tried mine with the plugs in. My wife, the purist, heard the difference and got the keyworks plugs for her flute—it just made too much sense. Here is a picture of my plugged hole Gemeinhardt flute....

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The New Wonder Conn-O-Sax in F

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The New Wonder Conn-O-Sax in F

A couple of years ago I got to play a Conn-o-sax.   We feature this lovely and pristine sax on many of our social media sites. It was the sweetest sounding sax I’ve ever played, speaking clearly from the top to the bottom of the range of the instrument. In mint condition, it features a beautiful silver plate with gold. I had the chance to buy it but the price even back then gave one pause. Today, they are available for the price of a luxury car! Don’t take my word for how sweet this instrument sounds, listen to it here on this track...

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