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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.

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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

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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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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 have been asked to run a saxophone workshop with a local ensemble called Wight Sax.  They are a community group who rehearse each week in Newport.  They have invited some members of the Trident Concert band to join us, and I’m really looking forward to meeting all theses saxophonists in one place.

We will cover sight reading and warm ups plus looking at one of their existing pieces plus other things, (but I don’t want to give it all away before the event,) during the evening, with the aim of offering advice and encouragement.

This is a closed event, but if it goes well, it will be something that I explore further, open to any player who cares to attend.

This should be a fun evening. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Dave

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I have decided to treat my self to an early Christmas present.  I’ve bought myself a Ukulele.  I’ve gone for a tenor one as my fingers are not the slimmest and I Stand a better chance of success with it being slightly bigger.

 

I have never played a string instrument before, so I have signed up to a class at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport starting on the 8th of January for 6 weeks.  This will hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow and stop me getting into bad habits.

 

I’ll Keep you informed on how I get on.

What early presents have you bought for your self?

 

Good luck

 

Dave

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Hi Folks

Things have been a little bit quiet recently as far as the workshops have been concerned.  But we are now back and ready to Rock n Roll with our Annual Christmas workshop, Which is normally our best attended one anyway.

We have got all the normal activities planned for you, Large ensemble and Jazz improvisation sessions, but we have listened to the feedback we have had and are pleased to announce that for those that dont fancy improvising, there will be a second ensemble session in the afternoon, along side the Jazz in the main hall.  Because of this change, we are opening the doors to 30 players this year instead of the normal 20.

We have kept the cost at £30 per person again for another year.

The day is open to anyone aged 11 or over who has been playing for at least a year.

All the details of dates and times and venue are on the attached flyer.  We would ask that you spread this article far and wide so that we can generate loads of interest.

Contact details are email: staxofsax@gmail.com or via this post.

We are looking forward to seeing you there

Dave

christmas-flyer-2016

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Hi Folks

I just wanted to let you know that we have booked our next Saxophone workshop.  The date is Thursday the 28th of August 2014, and the venue is the

Leicester South Salvation Army Hall

Ladysmith Road

South Wigston

Leicester

The day is open to any sax players age 11 or older (this includes adults) who have been playing for 12 months or more.

We have run more than 20 of these events now and that players come back time after time because they are fun, friendly and they are informative days of music making.

If you would like more information or to reserve a place then please either email staxofsax@gmail.com, Facebook on the StaxofSax page or  telephone 07736 471861 for a chat.

There are pictures and audio clips on the Facebook page.

Click on the link below for more details

August workshop2

 

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After the success of the Manchester workshop earlier this year, we are pleased to release details of our next workshop outside of Leicester.

 

We have been asked to organise one in York and after some research we found a suitable venue just outside.

The venue is:-

The Rural Arts Centre

The  Old Courthouse

4 Westgate

Thirsk

N.Yorkshire

YO7 1QS

The day will be broken in to 3 sessions

1. Large saxophone choir

2. Small groups and performance

3. Improvisation and performance

The day is open to anyone aged 11 upwards (adults very welcome) and with 12 Months playing experience.  Registration opens at 9.30am and we start playing at 10am and finishing at 3pm with 30 minutes for lunch.  cost of the day is £30 per person, this does not include lunch.

The site has a free car park and on site Cafe for lunch.

We would love to hear from anyone that would like to join us for the day and take part in the fun and challenging music making.

You can contact me either here or staxofsax@gmail.com or 07736 471861.

Check out our Facebook page StaxofSax for videos and pictures of previous events.

Look forward to hearing from you

 

regards

Dave

ps. 14 of the 20 places are already book, so don’t delay or you may miss out.

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The 14th workshop at Leicester was another successful days playing.  The large ensemble piece was Michael Buble version of feeling good.  Now this provided everyone with a challenge as the tempo is very slow to start with and this can be as difficult as a fast piece.

The small groups worked on ‘Fever’, 4 Gershwin tunes and ‘When Sunny gets Blue’. good performances put in by all three groups.

The improvisation session included the tunes, Jamaica farewell, Canteloupe Island and Watermelon man. We looked at maintaining your place within the tune as you improvise and how to make your solos more interesting to the audience. 

The day finished with some pretty impressive jazz playing by the 3 groups, well done everyone.

 

We will announce our next day as soon as we can.  Hope to see you on the next one folks

 

Dave

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