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    Matty Bannond-98135

    Improvisation: A union of mind, body and music

    Improvising on the saxophone has transformed my life forever. It has awakened me to a completely new level of spirituality – hard words for me to type, as a rationalist. Improvisation is a religious revelation. It is meditation, red mist and the soul. Playing music without a plan showed me the full dignity of the human consciousness and the hot power of the mind. It made me question everything that had gone before, and opened up unlimited possibilities for everything that lay ahead. It very nearly never happened. I want to share my story, and my elation, about how it did. Somebody showed me how.

    When I was about 11, my parents made me start taking lessons once a week for 30 minutes, together with another kid. Our teacher, a clarinet player, would take us through the required pieces for the next grade exam. They were classical: The melodies felt stiff. I thought the saxophone was the stupidest thing on the planet, and I gave up around four years later. I don’t think I played the instrument at home even once.

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    Berko

    What's Your Tenor Setup?

    Thread Starter: Berko

    Post Ur Setup \ My Setup: Tenor Keiwerth EX90 III Mpc : Super Tone master 6 * Lig : Orginal and FL Brass Plated

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    FremontSax

    Leblanc Sax Serial Number Registry

    Thread Starter: FremontSax

    I have been searching the web for Leblanc Saxophones trying to put a serial number list together this is what I have found. Serial Number Type Year Source 542 Tenor Semi Rationale 1950's http://doctorsax.biz/LeBlanc_Rationale_Tenor.htm ...

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    John_Dikeman

    Post a clip here, free jazz only!

    Thread Starter: John_Dikeman

    Hello everyone, On another thread I've been trading free jazz clips with Jason Dumars and it occurred to me it would be cool to open a thread for members clips of only free jazz, free improvisation, new music, avant-garde, generally wacky ****! There are a number of players on SOTW that are...

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    Rackety Sax

    Make Your Own Ligature

    Thread Starter: Rackety Sax

    I learned how to do this 30 years ago from Ralph Loomis, principal clarinetist in the U.S. Coast Band for many years. I'm not sure if he came up with this himself, but I think he did. A few bucks worth of supplies will create a lifetime's worth of ligatures (I think I'm still using the wax paper...

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    keluitry

    What is your Yamaha set-up?

    Thread Starter: keluitry

    I know there are threads like this elsewhere - but what about one entirely devoted to Yamaha instruments? So, post your set-up!

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    Belshoresdan

    Evaluating a Used Saxophone For Purchase (video)

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