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    Here we gooooo!!! Episode 7 of How to Play SMOOTH JAZZ Saxophone! In this episode I'll be answering some of the many questions I received since my first episode. I hope you all enjoy!!



    **disclaimer- keep the insults to a minimum unless they're directed at me. Like in the other thread I won't be arguing back, because I know the way of the smooth.

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    So good!!!! I laughed so hard I spit my Triple Venti Frappu-G-no all over my mom's computer screen.

    I feel that I too need to gloss myself with a jivea** stage name. Is there a formula for coming up with such a thing? I believe the formula for a pornstar name is the name of your first pet plus the name of the street you grew up on. Is there something comparable for smooth jazz?
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    Sublime, Mr. P! Truly, the best episode yet! So chocked full of information, I'll need to stream some Chosen One muzak on my interwebs thingy and meditate for about 12 seconds!
    Mr. Wells, regarding a stage name. I guess you could do some soul searching (should we even resort to such depths?) OR just watch a couple episodes of "The First 48". Oh, wait. Those are "street names". Hmmm....would street names be considered different from stage names? I'm so confused. Time for meditation. Ok, I'm done. Now what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgreiner View Post
    Sublime, Mr. P! Truly, the best episode yet! So chocked full of information, I'll need to stream some Chosen One muzak on my interwebs thingy and meditate for about 12 seconds!
    Mr. Wells, regarding a stage name. I guess you could do some soul searching (should we even resort to such depths?) OR just watch a couple episodes of "The First 48". Oh, wait. Those are "street names". Hmmm....would street names be considered different from stage names? I'm so confused. Time for meditation. Ok, I'm done. Now what?
    Soul searching? Um, in the spirit of smooth jazz I'd prefer something formulaic and predictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dctwells View Post
    So good!!!! I laughed so hard I spit my Triple Venti Frappu-G-no all over my mom's computer screen.

    I feel that I too need to gloss myself with a jivea** stage name. Is there a formula for coming up with such a thing? I believe the formula for a pornstar name is the name of your first pet plus the name of the street you grew up on. Is there something comparable for smooth jazz?
    Thank you so much!

    There are a couple ways to go about it, but by far the easiest is a version of your first name+first letter of last name- in your case Davey W, or even better- Davey Dubs

    John Greiner? Johnny G!

    Dr. David Demsey? Davey Double-D!


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    Smooth Neffy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgreiner View Post
    Sublime, Mr. P! Truly, the best episode yet! So chocked full of information, I'll need to stream some Chosen One muzak on my interwebs thingy and meditate for about 12 seconds!
    Mr. Wells, regarding a stage name. I guess you could do some soul searching (should we even resort to such depths?) OR just watch a couple episodes of "The First 48". Oh, wait. Those are "street names". Hmmm....would street names be considered different from stage names? I'm so confused. Time for meditation. Ok, I'm done. Now what?
    So glad you got something out of it! After meditation you need to practice those G major pentatonic scales, of course.

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    Hilarious. Thanks for doing these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLucky View Post
    Hilarious. Thanks for doing these!
    Glad you like them! You're very welcome. I'll do a little recap- here's episode 1!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Pollack View Post
    So glad you got something out of it! After meditation you need to practice those G major pentatonic scales, of course.
    But what note do I start on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgreiner View Post
    But what note do I start on?
    The same one you should end every phrase with- G. Always G.

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    Dave, I'm still learning my way through the complex world of Smooth Jazz. I have a question? Would this be considered smooth jazz?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Dave, I'm still learning my way through the complex world of Smooth Jazz. I have a question? Would this be considered smooth jazz?

    No, this would be Joel Frahm playing funky and tearing it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Dave, I'm still learning my way through the complex world of Smooth Jazz. I have a question? Would this be considered smooth jazz?

    Hey Steve, great question. Really glad to see you're working hard through this music. It can definitely take some time (do you even have a stage name yet?)

    First off, I think this group is on the right track, but obviously has a LONG way to go before they are really playing smooth. First off, the saxophonist starts off with some really nice turns and grace notes, but then proceeds to ruin it by playing lots of notes that I've never even heard before...definitely not smooth.

    Also, it doesn't appear to be a soprano saxophone, but I might be wrong on that. Sounds a little to harsh and jazz to me.

    The piano player does a pretty good job staying smooth, but he still adds a lot of unnecessary (wrong) notes to his solo.

    You can hear the drummer, so he's way too loud (obviously).

    The big violin player- no turns, grace notes, or vibrato...what was he even thinking?

    I really hope this isn't the music you're listening to for ideas in playing smooth

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    i am really struggling with finding an appropriate Smooth Name. Any hints would very smooth.

    And do foreign persons like me even have hope to learn this most smoothy music, or must one be a native of the Pacific Northwest?

    Please, one more question before i get back to our favorite videos of the chosen one: When the drummer plays a G which note do i need to play to be in tune? (my saxophone is gold colored if that matters)

    Thank you so much in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mascio View Post
    i am really struggling with finding an appropriate Smooth Name. Any hints would very smooth.

    And do foreign persons like me even have hope to learn this most smoothy music, or must one be a native of the Pacific Northwest?

    Please, one more question before i get back to our favorite videos of the chosen one: When the drummer plays a G which note do i need to play to be in tune? (my saxophone is gold colored if that matters)

    Thank you so much in advance.

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    Hi waitingbreathlesslyinafarawayland,

    For a name, how about "Mascio o o it's magic" or "Merry Smooth Christmascio"

    You can absolutely learn this music! Just make sure you really internalize everything I'm teaching in my videos.

    Thanks for letting my know the color of the soprano- it definitely matters! When the drummer plays a G, first off tell him to shut up and look in reverence of your smoothness. Then you can play a G major pentatonic scale and you're good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Pollack View Post
    Thanks for letting my know the color of the soprano- it definitely matters!
    My saxophone is not gold. Is that OK? Can I still play smooth? I've been shedding on that scale so I thought I was good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by booboo5000 View Post
    My saxophone is not gold. Is that OK? Can I still play smooth? I've been shedding on that scale so I thought I was good.
    Yes you can still play smooth, but because it's not gold it's not as showy- and this music is as much (more) about the show than the music! Definitely time for a penance- 6 G major pentatonic scales for you!!

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    Now this kid is smooth. He has everything going for him except the hair.


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