September 22, 2014

As a teacher, I constantly push my students to practice more effectively. Goal-oriented, mindful, focused practice is essential to development.  I have my students keep practice logs, with each practice session consisting of a warm-up (stretching, breathing, embouchure exercises, long tones, overtones, etc.), technique (scales, articulation, rhythm exercises, fingering patterns, vibrato, etc.), and repertoire.  Although the benefits of this practice structure are unparalleled, most younger students don't have the attention span to follow it.  The longer I teach  younger students, the more I want to find ways to take the structure out of practicing and make improvements with a freer creative process.

At the end of my D'Addario training a few weeks ago, a wonderful colleague of mine, Josh Redman, described trying out fresh-off-the-machine reeds and mouthpieces as "sandbox time".  For a couple hours, we tried prototypes of new mouthpieces, played and gave feedback to the r...

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Saxophone Lessons Austin, saxophone teacher Austin
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