San Diego Saxophone Lessons

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Transcription Series no. 1 - Redman -

- Transcription Series -

Inside the Artist: Joshua Redman

The best way to get inside the mind of a soloist is through transcription. Through memorization, practice, and playing along, you not only uncover the structure of the solo, but get a window into the subtleties of the phrasing, articulation, and tone of the player. By physically duplicating every nuance of the solo as accurately as possible, you are training your ear to a much higher level than by merely writing the solo down on paper.

In this regular series I'll demonstrate by playing along with various saxophonists. The first video is the head and intro to Joshua Redman's Belonging (Lopsided Lullaby). Redman is playing alto on this piece. [to see the video, go to - the video does not show up properly in RSS feeds]

If you are interested in the process, David Liebman's video The Improviser's Guide to Transcription [DVD-Caris Music Services] is highly recommended!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colombia tour 2009

Here are some picutres from our tour of Colombia at the beginning of September. The group featured Samantha Sidley on vocals, Garth Stevenson on bass, Alex Noice on guitar, and Brian McLaughlin on drums. We did a mix of my originals and some jazz-tinged singer-songwriter material that Samantha sang on.

Now that is how you load a bass! We put on three concerts as part of the Festival International de la Cultura, which is the largest music and culture festival in the country, with over 350 concerts. We were the only American group in the festival.

Inside the 400 year old church where we had the first concert.

Practicing at the hotel.

Alex Noice, at the altar of the guitar gods?

Tour bus - viewer discretion advised!

Group shot outside the second concert. We played in Tunja, Villa De Leyva, and Tiba Sosa.


Radio killed the video star...

I'm rich! I have 20 American dollars. Look out, P-Diddy.

We were interviewed on RCN, the government owned Colombian radio station in Bogota. Security at this place was like Fort Knox.

Venue for the last show.