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January 22, 2019

Hi I've decided to start posting mini saxophone lessons!  Here is the first one.

How to get a better sound instantly.

Your bottom lip placement is crucial in getting a good sound full of lush vibration.  If you take a close look at your lip, you can clearly see wher...

January 19, 2019

Another one of my favorite harmonica players is Mickey Raphael.  He is the harmonica player in Willie Nelson's Band and has had a long career performing and recording with many amazing artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Ray Charles, Elton John and so many more....

January 19, 2019

One of my favorite harmonica players of all time is Johnny Cash.  Most people know him as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, but he is also an amazing harmonica player.  He often played two harmonicas at once on the same song!  Check out the song "Orange Blossom Spec...

January 12, 2019

Faber Gold Star 2B is one of my favorite piano songbooks.  The tunes are great and easy to play.  Kids love these catchy and quirky compositions!

Big Wave Music School - Learn to Play Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and more Redondo Beach CA

January 12, 2019

I just got a new flute case because my original case that came with my instrument was completely worn out.  I have been playing the same Yamaha 221 made in Japan for over 15 years and finally decided to replace the original case that the instrument came with.  It was m...

January 12, 2019

Today I was listening to a great jazz record by legendary alto saxophonist Frank Morgan called Lament.  Frank was a fantastic alto saxophonist who followed in the footsteps of Charlie Parker.  Primarily a bebop player, he also played beautiful ballads with a sweet and...

January 5, 2019

Every now and then something might not work correctly on your musical equipment.  Whether it is an alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet, guitar, ukulele, piano keyboard, or other instrument, regular and routine maintenance is very important in preventing ma...

January 5, 2019

I love listening to CDs from the local library.  This week I picked up a bunch of them and enjoyed listened to an album by Tom Waits called "Small Change" recorded in 1976.  Reading the liner notes, I noticed that there were some major legendary jazz musicians on the r...

January 4, 2019

This New Years Eve I performed at The Westlake Village Inn with Louie Cruz Beltran.  We had a great time!  This event was Brazilian themed and the music was a mixture of Samba, Bossa Nova, and Carnival Music.  We had to wear these fun red shirts too!  That's amazing gu...

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!  Sometimes your reeds get waterlogged like this.  It's best to break them in gradually by playing new reeds a little bit each day.  I used this brand new reed on a gig and it got damaged.  Still sounds good though!

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