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This is my Blog for music related things that happen to me.  Useful articles posted by other people will be linked from the Music Info page.

I will only post on here when I feel that there is something of interest to say, rather than trying to do something everyday.

Please feel free to leave comments and feedback

Best wishes

Dave


I have just uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel, explaining how to improve the sound quality of an Ireal Pro track, using GarageBand.

I hope that you find this useful, please let me know what you think.

Best wishes

Dave


Hi Folks

For all those musicians out there learning their scales, it can be a challenge to work out which minor scale is related to the Major scale.

There are 2 ways to relate them.  You can relate them by starting pitch, so G Major and G minor for example.  This has the same starting note but totally different key signatures.  The other way is to relate them by Key Signature, which makes them more useful when you are woring out what key the piece is in you are trying to play.

Lets take C Major wich has a key signature of 0 Sharps and 0 flats.  To work out the relative Minor, count up 6 notes ( including the Root) and you end up on A.  This is the Relative Natural Minor.  So Starting on A play up to the next A and maintain the key of 0 Sharps and Flats.  This gives you A natural minor.

To make this the harmonic minor, raise the 7th note of this new scale by a semitone or half step (G becomes G#) both up and down the scale.

To take it to the next level and play the melodic minor, raise both the 6th and 7th by a semitone /half step (F becomes F# and G becomes G#) on the way up, but revert back to the natural minor scale on the way down.

So in four easy stages you have played the Major scale and 3 versions of the Minor scale.

 

Attached is a PDF showing how this works.  Please feel free to download and share.

I hope you found this useful.

Happy Tooting.

 

Dave

Scales – Major to Minor

Musical Sorbet


As some of you will know, I am a Saxophone teacher as well as a player, and during the lockdown period more of my teaching has gone on line.  I now teach in USA, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Wales and England.

So I thought I would share some of the work I do with you via some short videos.

These are just hints and tips that I use with my students for certain problems that occur.

This one is about the ‘Musical Sorbet’

The quality of  the video is something that I am working on to improve and make more professional as I  progress.

Let me know what you think and please share.

If you would like a chat about lessons, then please drop me a message at dave.saxteach@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks

Dave

 


In January this year, I was approached by a chap called Daniel Christian.  He runs a YouTube channel called SaxCasts and a FaceBook group called Learning Saxophone.  He was looking for some assistance with the FaceBook group and wondered if I would be interested in running a Weekly Q and A live video on Sunday evenings ( 8pm UK time).

It sounded like fun so with a bit of help on the technology side, off I went.  We have about 30 or so members join us each week from various parts of the globe and they will post questions during the week.  Ranging from anything sax related to performance nerves and music theory.

I do my best to answer them, or point them in the right direction.  During the session we also get questions asked live.  The videos are then posted to the page for those that want to watch later.

Sometimes I prepare worksheets for certain sublects and they are added to the file section of the page for members to access.

Members will post progress videos and ask for feedback and we run challenges with the aim of promoting learning.

In January we had 350 members, we are now at over 1400 and growing by at least 10 a day.

This is a very friendly group and no nastiness is tolerated.  Why not pop on over and join us, it would be great to see you on there.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnsax/

 

 

A Musical Treat.


As you all know, we are living in different times.  Historically, If my instruments needed a bit of TLC or even full blown repairs, I could ring Paul Carrington and book them in for the neccessary treatment and get the instrument to him very quickly.

However, due to travel restrictions at my end (ferry services reduced etc)  I finally managed to get to Flintham, just outside Newarke, last week and drop off my Soprano, Alto and Tenor (no room in the car for the baritone with all the other luggage)

Paul has continued working during the virus and strictly follows health guidelines for everyones safety.

He did a good service on all 3 saxophones and replaced pads where needed and sorted the regulation out along with fixing the neck tenon on my alto, and for a very reasonable price too.

I have had a blow on the Alto and it is like a new horn even though she is 94 years old.  I am going to try the others later today, and looking forward to that.

I would thoroughly recommend Paul to anyone needing work done on there instruments, and I am looking forward to getting the Baritone and Clarinet serviced next time I am that way.


Hi Folks

For those that are attending the Workshop in Newport this Saturday.  Please remember to bring a packed lunch as there wont be time to go out and get something.  We have too much playing to do.

We will provide Tea and Coffee though.

Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am Start.  Finish at 3pm.

For those that have not yet booked there place, there are limited spaces still available and you would be very welcome.  Please get in touch to reserve your space.

Looking forward to getting together.  See you on Saturday

Dave.

Workshop update


2 points that need updating:

point 1: 11 out of a maximum 15 spaces have been booked already-yehaa!!!!

point 2: Nick Hislam has agreed to travel all the way from Wales to lead the Improvisation session and help with the rest of the day as well.

Nick has run the improvisation class for the last 8 or 9 years, and is my go to guy for this. He is a great saxophonist with a tone to die for, and a teaching style that everyone understands.

So if you have been procrastinating or even just thinking about whether you should book a place on the workshop, here is another reason to just book it now.

You know its the right thing to do!

thanks for looking.

Dave

A Very Productive Week.


It has been a very productive week this week.
1. Started a new student via Facetime,
2. In talks with another re face to face lessons,
3. Booked the venue for the first Isle of Wight StaxofSax workshop.
4.Filled 2/3rds of the places already.
5. Taken part in my 4th Q and A Video with the Learning Sax guys.
6.Taken on a new residential home to provide entertainment for
7. and reached 100 followers on the StaxofSax Facebook page

Lets see what This week brings shall we.

 

Dave

Online Q and A session


Over the last few weeks, I have been taking part in presenting a Sunday Evening Q and A live Video session on Facebook.

This is taking place on a page run by Daniel Christian, called Learning Saxophone-Get help and Chat about all things music,  Here is the link.

We start at 8pm UK time for about an hour, and anyone who is a member of the page can join in.  Its very informal and great fun, with players of all abilities asking the questions that are bugging them.

Why not pop over this evening, join the group and take part.  It would be great to see you.

 

Thanks

Dave

Workshop Feb 29th 2020 update


It was only yesterday that I announced the first StaxofSax saxophone workshop for the Isle of Wight, and already more than 25% of the places are booked.

If you know of anyone that either lives on the Island or may want to visit the Island and join us, please pass the message on.  That would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Dave