ONLINE CLASS 01: ALL MUSICIANS

This course is for any and all musicians, not just saxophonists! With nearly three hours of videos, it covers every aspect of how I work on music — from organizing my practice to rhythm games, building language and breaking away from standard harmony, finding your own sound and more. There is also an interactive Q&A section where I will regularly answer questions and add concepts that come up. For full details, click below...

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  • PRACTICE ORDER AND HOW I ORGANIZE MY TIME
    I talk about what I specifically practice every day and how I order all of it within the time limits I have.

  • PATTERN WORK
    How I work on building my personal language, technique and transposition all in one exercise.

  • TIME AND RHYTHM GAMES
    I demonstrate ten rhythm games that have changed the way I think about odd meter, feel and subdivision in general.

  • TRANSCRIPTION
    The order in which I transcribe songs and how I choose what to transcribe.

  • HOW I LEARN SONGS
    My method for learning songs and getting them to stick in my long-term memory.

  • EAR TRAINING
    Concepts and games to help improve your ear without your instrument, with your instrument, with friends and with piano.

  • IMPROVISING APPROACHES
    How I work on developing larger ideas in a solo and also concepts that help me break away from traditional harmony.

  • PLAYING SOLO WITH NO CHORDS
    Special segment for monophonic instruments or players that want to strengthen their ability to play clear harmony with just single notes.

  • THE MENTAL GAME OF IMPROVISING
    My general philosophy when thinking about improvising and performance. Includes book recommendations that have helped me over the years.

  • FINDING YOUR SOUND
    My thoughts on finding a personal sound and what has helped me the most.

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ONLINE CLASS 02: SAXOPHONE (PRE-ORDER)

This course is for saxophone players! It covers every little aspect I have ever worked on, including speed, technique, body placement, altissimo, overtones, warming up, sound expansion, articulation, my EFX setup, microphones and more. Being the sax nerd that I am, it even includes videos on neckstraps, reed setup and ligatures! There will also be an interactive Q&A section where I will regularly answer questions and add concepts that come up. For full details, click below...

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  • BODY PLACEMENT
    How to align the saxophone with your body to create the least amount of tension in your hands and throat.

  • EMBOUCHURE
    How I work on playing with a relaxed and healthy embouchure.

  • WARMING UP / OVERTONES

    How I ease into playing each day. Different overtone exercises I’ve enjoyed over the years. Includes tips for those just getting started with overtones and harmonics.

  • TECHNIQUE

    My approach to technique and speed.

  • ALTISSIMO
    
How I work on altissimo. Includes a comprehensive chart and demonstration of my altissimo fingerings from high F# up to double high G.

  • ARTICULATION
    Different ways to work on tongue control and articulation speed.

  • SOUND EXPANSION
    Some techniques that have helped me over the years to expand my sound and projection.

  • TUNING

    How I work on tuning and intonation alone and with friends.

  • REEDS
    I have tried many approaches to reed care and preparation. Here I show you all of these techniques including several I have learned from master musicians.

  • GEAR AND EQUIPMENT
    An in-depth interview about saxophone equipment and care with repairman and inventor Kim Bock, owner of KB Saxophone Services. We talk about necks, key heights, end rings and lots of other tricks of the trade to get your saxophone to play at its best.

  • EFX SETUP
    
For those of you interested in incorporating effects pedals into your playing. I talk about different microphone and amplification options and show and demonstrate my current setup.

  • CIRCULAR BREATHING
    How I do it and how I work on it and why!

  • RECORDING
    What microphones I use when recording in the studio and playing live. What I’ve learned over the years about getting a good sound in the studio.

  • MOUTHPIECES

    An interview with a mouthpiece maker about refacing old pieces, metal vs hard rubber, tip openings and much more.

  • MPC POP TEST
    A simple test every sax player should know.

  • TOOTH GUARD OR NO TOOTH GUARD
    Here I discuss the advantages and pitfalls to using or not using a tooth guard.

  • THE WORLD OF NECKSTRAPS
    
Here I discuss some of the many options out there and what I try and avoid in a neckstrap.

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ONLINE CLASS 03: COMPOSITION (PRE-ORDER)

This course is all about how I compose: it covers various approaches and techniques that have really helped me over the years, including different ways to start a piece, conquering inspirational roadblocks and getting the most out of a single idea.
I will also talk about my own compositional process and show you how I wrote some of my own pieces from beginning to end.
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  • HOW I GET STARTED
    Some favorite techniques to start a piece when you have no inspiration or ideas.

  • MY SIX RULES
    The six most important techniques I use when composing.

  • CLEAR CHARTS AND SCORES
    My approach to chart writing, including notation, chords and more.

  • COMPOSING PHILOSOPHY
    My composing philosophy and how it helps me navigate the process of writing a piece from beginning to end.

  • COLLECTING TECHNIQUES
    
How I absorb compositional techniques and approaches from other composers and bring them into my own writing.

  • SONG EXAMPLES
    I take you through the writing process of some of my pieces from beginning to end.

  • FROM SCRATCH
    
I invite a guest to bring in a simple idea I’ve never seen and show them how I would create a piece from it.

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