Balam Saxophone Backstrap Comparison and Review

Today, I am reviewing a new saxophone neckstrap that I received from my saxophone repairman Jack Finucane at the Boston Sax Shop.  Jack has been my sax repairman since 2013 when my long time repairman Ernie Sola died.  The last 3-4 times I went in to see Ernie before he died he told me about Read More…

Improved Selmer Saxophone Model Chart

Here is a cool chart of the serial numbers and models of Selmer Saxophones through the last 100 years.  This chart was researched by Douglas Pipher  and shared on SOTW today.  The cool aspect of this chart that I have never seen before is that Douglas has included the quantities of each type of sax Read More…

FREE 12 Major Blues Scale Sheet

Here’s a free sheet I give to all my students after they learn their major scales. It’s just a sheet with all the 12 Major Blues Scales on it.  If you take a look at the sheet you might notice that the scales are the same as the scales on my free 12 blues scales sheet Read More…

Steve Neff Reveals His Darkest Saxophone Secrets (SHOCKING!)

If you’re not sick of the sound of my voice from all my lessons you have watched, then you might be interested in this. Nick Mainella over at 10minutejazzlesson.com posted an interview that he did with me over the summer. If you are curious about the origins of neffmusic.com or my personal path with the Read More…

Transcription of Kelly Jefferson’s Solo on Confirmation

Here’s a new transcription from another great tenor saxophone player I hadn’t heard of before.  His name is Kelly Jefferson and he is a musician based out of Toronto Canada.  I was browsing the internet late one night this week and somehow came across this Youtube video of Kelly Jefferson playing Confirmation with the Jason Read More…

Mastering Blues Improvisation in 30 Days-Day One

A friend of mine emailed me a link the other day to a great blog post entitled “How to become a Master of improvisational blues guitar in one month“.  The writer of the article is Max Deutsch who describes himself as an “Obsessive Learner”.  Max has given himself a challenge to Complete 12 ridiculously hard Read More…

Transcription of Jeff Ellwood’s Solo on Days of Wine and Roses

Here’s another transcription from  Jeff Ellwood.  This is from another video of Jeff that I found on Facebook in the Jam of the Week group.  Jeff posted this this morning and totally messed up my whole day.  (Once I start transcribing, it’s hard for me to stop…….) The video below is Jeff Ellwood playing a Read More…

Finding Sax Mouthpiece Gold Among the Rubble

I’m always amazed when saxophone player’s tell me that they can know within seconds if a sax mouthpiece is right for them or not.  The reason that this amazes me, is that my experience has been so different from that.  For example, I received a sax mouthpiece a few months ago that is an old Read More…

Liu Shizhao Pearls Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Last year,  I posted a review of a couple new saxophone mouthpieces from Liu Shizhao out of China.  He sent me a tenor saxophone mouthpiece prototype MB Prototype , an alto prototype and the Pilgrimage tenor sax mouthpiece that I was very impressed with and wrote reviews on.   This review is on another Liu Shizhao mouthpiece for the alto Read More…

Did someone say Sanborn?…….D&S A2 Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

The other day I reviewed three tenor saxophone mouthpieces made by Donghee Cho in Seoul, South Korea.  They were the Model 1, the Brecker II and the Brecker III tenor sax mouthpiece models.  You can read how I was contacted by Donghee and asked to review his sax mouthpieces on any one of those reviews. Today, Read More…

D&S Brecker III Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

I receive emails all the time asking me to review saxophone mouthpieces.   Many of these emails are from individuals and companies all around the globe that I have never heard of before.  In the early years of the site, I would say yes to every request but after twelve years,  I’m a bit more picky Read More…

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