My Blog


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


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


I am very pleased to announce that the first StaxofSax workshop for 2020 is happening on Saturday February the 29th in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Not sure if this counts as an overseas event, but it is a beautiful place and we love living here.

The workshop will cover a Q and A session about anything saxophone related,  Large ensemble playing, and help and advice on taking your playing to the next level plus other items.

The details are on the flyer below, and I would really appreciate it if you could share this post with as many Saxophonists as possible please.

More details will follow, so watch this space, and hope to see some of your in February

Many thanksFeb29Flyer

Dave

Update of Life! Phew!


Well as you can see there has not been a lot of activity on my website for a long time.  There are genuine reasons for that, including, Moving house, Work, Renovating the new house, lots of gigs,  rebuilding my business, taking on new students and starting to do some work with Daniel Christian of SaxCasts.com.  So, pretty hectic, but now I’ve used those excuses, I won’t be able to use them again!!

Anyway,  I am planning on adding quite a bit more content on here, going forward.

I will be putting up some short posts in a minute, and would be happy for any feedback or questions you may have.

 

Thanks for sticking with me, and hope to speak to as many as I can soon.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave


I had a lovely morning visiting and playing to the residents at the Solent Grange Nursing Home today.

They all had tea and cake whilst I played a few songs, then with help from the activity coordinator, we had a sing along session with everyone taking part.

we had a good chat about the music as we went along, and lots of residents firing back answers to my questions.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, and hopefully I will be visiting them again next month for more musical fun and shenanigans.

Thank you for having me.

Dave

 

 


Here’s a little something for the weekend.

Blues scales are a good way to start improvising. Based on the Major scale, the Blues Scale is made up of:
Root
Flattened 3rd
4th
Flattened 5th
5th
Flattened 7th
Octave
So following this formula, you can work out all the blues scales if you know the Major scales.

The attached sheet gives you the Blues scales up to 5 flats and 6 sharps, so there are still 3 to work out for yourselves.
Don’t try to enharmonically transpose them, because composers don’t!

At the end of each scale on the sheet is a phrase for you to learn. However, that phrase is only in 1 key. As you can see, I have numbered the first phrase so that you can easily try that phrase in different keys by using the same numbers.

Ideally, you should play the scale over the whole range if the instrument and also play the modes too. This will give you more ammunition for improvising.

Let me know how you get on.

Have a good weekend

DaveBlues Scales

Dexterity Exercises.


Here is an exercise to help with developing dexterity and key signatures.
I came across this article a good few years ago in a magazine call ‘Saxophone Journal’
It was written by David Pope (Google David Pope Saxophonist and you will find him). David gave me permission to share his exercise as long as he was given credit for writing it.
He had suffered with Tendonitis very badly, and along with his teacher, he wrote these exercises to prevent it happening again.

Each bar is a separate exercise, and should be played a minimum of 10 times each.
You can do all the left hands followed by the Right ones, or L1 then R1 etc, the choice is yours.

The tempo is 60 bpm or less, never more because as you add more notes per bar, that will increase the speed that you play at.

Breathing: Vary where within the bar you breath, otherwise you will always separate the same to notes, and we need to practice the slur between all notes.

Articulation: Slurred to start with, then you can tongue, Staccato, Slur 2 tongue 2. The limit is your imagination.

Key: Start in the key of C, then change to different keys but always start on the C and G.

The idea is to make the transition from one note to the next as smooth as possible. As each bar is quite easy to memorise, I practice it against a wall so that I can hear any key movement problems. Then I break it down until I can make it smooth again.

That should be enough to be going on with, if you have any problems or ideas of how to make this exercise more useful, please comment below.

Feel free to share with your colleagues, and let them know where you found it please.Dave Pope Excercises