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.

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…

D&S Brecker II 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…

D&S Model I Tenor Sax 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…

Phil-Tone Novella Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today I am reviewing another great alto saxophone mouthpiece made by Phil Engleman at Phil-Tone mouthpieces.  I have reviewed quite a few Phil-Tone sax mouthpieces on the site already and am always interested when Phil announces a new mouthpiece model.  A couple of months ago he announced that he had a new mouthpiece model called the Novella Read More…

Transcription of Jason Fabus’s Swingin’ Alto Sax Solo on Cherokee

Here is another Facebook  solo transcription for you.   I woke up at around 7:45 this morning, rolled over in bed and grabbed my phone off the side table to check what I might have missed during my  7 hours of sleep.  Still sleepy, I checked my email, some comments on my site, the news to Read More…

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