Neffmusic 10 Year Anniversary-One of My First Lessons!!

Ok, so I have to post this……….It’s the  official 10 year anniversary of www.neffmusic.com.    I started the site in the Fall of 2006 but it really got up and running in 2007.  So 2017 is the official 10 year anniversary. Woohoo!!!! (Yes, I’m very proud………..) I was going through my computer tonight deleting random Read More…

New Release-Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2

I just finished a brand new Neffmusic book that I am very excited about.  I’ve been working on this off and on over the last seven years and more intensely over the last eight months. In the years following my release of “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale”, I decided that a “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2” Read More…

A Blast from the Past-Chromazone by Mike Stern Cover

This weekend, I was going through my vast computer files and trying to clean out the gigabytes of junk I had on my computer when I discovered this old clip. This is from a recording session I did way back in the early 90’s.  I think I was about 25 at the time and in Read More…

Best Neffmusic Lesson Commercial?

I just found this post from a number of years ago.  All the links were broken and the videos didn’t play.    I thought I’d fix the videos and post this again as I think these are funny.  My wife made these as a joke for the site.  They are a bit “Hollywood” and over the Read More…

Improvising over “On Green Dolphin Street” Video

Here’s another video of me playing with that Hal Crook play along. I’m not even sure if this play along is still being published.  It’s called “Creative Comping for Improvisation”.  I haven’t seen it since the early 90’s.  It is such a ball to jam to because the comping is not traditional at all.  There Read More…

Let’s Get It On Lamberson 7DD Tenor Mouthpiece

Here’s a video clip that has been on my site since it started years ago.  I made this video back in 2006 when I was part of a great Boston function band “Soho”.  This is a cover of “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye.  I take a small solo towards the end of the Read More…

Bending Notes on the Saxophone

A great sax player has mastered the art of bending and shaping  their notes to express what they want to convey.  It might be a mood, attitude or emotion.  There is no doubt that bending notes adds excitement and emotion to a solo.  Bending notes on the saxophone is one of the coolest things that Read More…

As Funny as a Brain Tumor! Part 1

Over the years I have told this story quite a few times.  At restaurants, friend’s homes, men’s retreats, camping trips and many other places.   There have been a number of times where I start telling the story to one person and soon find myself surrounded by people all tentatively listening. These attentive listeners will Read More…

As Funny as a Brain Tumor! Part 2

Ok, where was I?  Oh yeah……… So all this laughing is going on.  As this is getting worse and worse,  things in my life start to fall apart around me.  My relationships are stressed because people think I’m a little strange (OK very strange if not crazy). My relationship with my fiancee (yes, I asked Read More…

As Funny as a Brain Tumor! Part 7

Well………..where were we?  Oh yeah, in Mass General Hospital waiting for my next surgery.  As I remember,  it was 2-3 days later.   They came to get me for the surgery and it was an emotional time.  This was the big surgery where they were messing with nerves, arteries and not to mention my brain. Read More…

As Funny as a Brain Tumor! Part 9

Ok,  I have my emotions contained again and can go on with the story…….  After the doctor told me I couldn’t play the saxophone again, I think I was in a bit of a shock.  After a while, I started to feeling pretty depressed.  I remember my friends and family coming in and trying to Read More…

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