250 Jazz Patterns

A new aid for learning jazz improvisation

NEW!: 250 Jazz Patterns: Bass Clef Edition!

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INTRODUCING!: 250 Jazz Patterns Bass Clef Edition! The internationally popular jazz improvisational aid will now available in the long awaited Bass Clef Edition! In this edition a new chapter will be added; “The Melodic Minor Scale”. This chapter will also be soon available for the Treble Clef Edition, not only in a new updated version, […]

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“Imitation, Assimilation, Innovation”

“Imitation, Assimilation, Innovation” Those are the words of the immortal jazz trumpeter Clark Terry on learning jazz improvisation. Imitate your favorite players. Copying their licks, transcribing their solos. Emulating their sound. Assimilate their articulations, phrasing and ornamentation and let it become a part of your style. Innovate what you have learned by making it personal. Change the licks. Experiment with […]

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Email from Saxophonist Courtney Pine

“Hi Evan, Just released a record and I am knee deep in promotion at the moment, I saw your book online and dug a bit deeper ( you tube ) and then dived in. Well done you for doing such a fantastic and in depth study and the fact that it fits so well onto […]

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Musicians Use Both Sides Of Their Brains More Frequently Than Average People

ScienceDaily (2008-10-03) — Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called divergent thinking, and also use both the left and the […]

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Recorder Virtuoso playing a solo from Mike Brecker

For those who think that the recorder is an instrument only for kids!

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Transposing on Sight

Hi All! Recently a student of mine asked me if he should buy the “Real Book”  transposed in Eb already (since he plays alto sax). Not only did I advise him to not solely rely on the “Real Book” for correct transcriptions of the tunes (many are out-right wrong), but he shouldn’t buy it in […]

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Music, MIDI and Sax

This article is a little dated, but I think it’s still good reading. Here we are in the next Millennium! The music industry continues to evolve and musicians are being afforded more opportunities to create music. What’s definitely here to stay is the marriage of traditional acoustic music and computers. Whether you’re performing music with […]

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Choosing a Mouthpiece, Reed & Ligature setup

In the musical life of every saxophonist comes a time when a few very important decisions have to be made. Decisions that cannot be put off, nor should if be ignored. These decisions are: “Which mouthpiece should I use?”,” What reed should I play on?” And although it is often ignored but just as important, “What ligature should I use?”

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