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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.

    Matty Bannond 02-26-2017 10:55 PM Go to last post
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    10mfan

    NEW MPC ANNOUNCEMENT: 10MFAN™ pure hard rubber bar stock/ hand finished tenor mouthpieces

    Thread Starter: 10mfan

    10MFAN™ SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECES: WHERE WORLD-CLASS MODERN SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECES AND AFFORDABILITY MEET FINALLY-----BETTER THAN VINTAGE!!!!!!!

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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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    ajcomputers

    Whats your Alto Setup?

    Thread Starter: ajcomputers

    After seeing how popular this thread was in the Tenor section. Why don't we give it a shot here? My alto setup is as follows: Selmer Mark VI Alto Early Babbit Otto Link 6* mouthpiece Francois Louis "Ultimate" ligature and smart cap Runyon Palm Key Risers Vandoren or Rigotti Reeds Oleg...

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    soybean

    Holton Saxophone; Serial number registry

    Thread Starter: soybean

    It's been pointed out by a few people here, including Bruce Bailey, that Holton sax serial number lists on the internet are not correct. It sure would be nice to have an accurate list. To help this problem, I'm starting this registry. Everyone please list the number on your horn and specifically...

    Last Post By: Secondhandsaxes Today, 06:00 AM Go to last post
    Bill Bryant

    Yanagisawa owners club

    Thread Starter: Bill Bryant

    Welcome to the Yanagisawa owners club. Which Yanagisawa do you own, what mpc and reeds do you use with it, and what kind of playing do you enjoy? T991 tenor Yanagisawa 6 HR mpc or JJ HR* 6* Rico Select Jazz 2M filed demonstrating things in beginner and intermediate band classes, playing along...

    Last Post By: JohnnyK88 02-27-2017, 10:01 AM Go to last post
  • Starting and managing a Band

    I have been dealing with these issues since beginning of this year. Our band Broadway is now established with two first gigs behind us and three or four more coming in next few months.

    There is a site called in About.com with all kind of articles on music careers and band management:

    How to Start a Band

    Quote Originally Posted by Heather McDonald
    You know what they say about the beginning - it's a very good place to start! The first step in getting your group's name up on the marquee is making sure you put together the right team of musicians. Sounds easy, right? Well, remember that if all goes well, your band mates are the people you're going to be spending hours in the rehearsal space and studio with, not to mention hours crammed into the back of van, often sans showers. Then there is that music industry favorite: creative differences. Save yourself the hassle and free up your time to concentrate on the music by starting your band off on the right foot.
    I would like to hear and collect your inputs and ideas of these topics.
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    1. Harri Rautiainen's Avatar
      Harri Rautiainen -
      Heather is looking into step further:

      moving from player/manager into band management as a career:
      http://musicians.about.com/od/musicc...-To-Manage.htm

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