Hi! I am Steve Neff

I has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. I love teaching and anything to do with the saxophone. I hope you find this website helpful in your musical journey. Thanks

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

Michael Brecker “Mellow Minor” Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Mellow Minor” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it. I remember when this album came out, I was Read More…

Westcoast Sax MOAM .110 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing another Westcoast Sax “MOAM” tenor saxophone mouthpiece. A few months ago, I reviewed an unplated .105 tip opening MOAM. Matt said he would send me a plated model of the MOAM when they were finished and I asked if I could get the .110 tip opening.  I wasn’t planning on doing Read More…

Pete Christlieb Swingin’ Tenor Sax Solo Transcription-“Limehouse Blues”

For todays transcription, I need to give you a little bit backstory so bear with me for a second.  I started playing the saxophone in 7th grade.  I was your average kid who was excited about playing the sax but not really sure how serious I was or where this new hobby would take me. Read More…

Danny Walsh Tenor Sax Solo Transcription on “A Weaver of Dreams”

Here’s another great saxophone solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on last week.   This is another great solo from the terrific NYC tenor sax player, Danny Walsh on the tune “A Weaver of Dreams”.  (I’ve already transcribed a couple other solos by Danny if you want to check those out also…..) Danny Read More…

Michael Brecker “Happy Days” Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Happy Days” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it. I remember when this album came out, I was Read More…

Joel Frahm “Aguas De Marco” Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here’s another beautiful solo by the great tenor saxophone player, Joel Frahm.  Joel has commented on neffmusic.com quite a few times over the years and his passion for everything to do with the saxophone is very obvious. This youtube video is one of my all time favorites.  It is the tune “Aguas De Marco” (Waters of Read More…

Boston Sax Shop Signature Reed Cases

Today, I am reviewing a beautiful new product I received with a reed order from Jack Finucane at the Boston Sax Shop.  Last week,  I ordered some new reeds to try from Jack and when the package came, I opened it to discover this added gem inside.  This is the Boston Sax Shop signature reed Read More…

The Sonny Rollins Omnibook Review

My first recording of Sonny Rollins that I heard as a teenager was “Saxophone Colossus”.  I checked it out of the local library. I didn’t play tenor saxophone back then but I was interested in anything having to do with jazz so I checked it out.   I remember trying to get into it, but it Read More…

NEW Book-Mastering the Minor ii-7b5 V7b9 Bebop Scale

“Mastering the Minor ii-7b5 V7b9 Bebop Scale” is a new approach to learning to play great jazz lines over a minor ii-V progression.  If you have worked out of my “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale” book, you know that the bebop scale and the “bebop links” that can be added to it can be a Read More…

Great Instructional Video on Intonation by Michael Lake

Michael Lake over at altobone.com put out a video on youtube this week on intonation that I think is excellent!   Michael is not a sax player, (he plays alto trombone….I know, “How dare you Steve, this is a saxophone site!!“) but his thoughts on intonation in this video are right on. Every note you play on Read More…

Great Rick Beato Interview with Chris Potter

I just came across this great interview that Rick Beato did with Chris Potter on Sounding Off a few days ago.  Chris Potter is one of the most amazing sax players on the scene today.  I love how down to earth, humble and real he is when answering questions.  Great stuff!   Enjoy! Great Rick Beato Read More…

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