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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

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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

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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/

 

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

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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

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