Neffmusic Lessons: Where do I start?

Now that the Neffmusic site has over 500 lessons to choose from,  the two questions I get asked the most every week are:  “Where should I start?”  and  “What should I do next?” (Also, “What mouthpiece should I buy?” but that is a different subject than we are dealing with today).

To answer these questions, I have posted a number of resources for members and those of you who are interested in trying out my video lessons.

1. Getting the most from Neffmusic Lessons.  This was a blog post written to members with some basic tips on getting the most from the site and the lessons.

2. Neffmusic Lessons-Where do you start first?   I also posted this page to help readers try to self assess where they are at and what they need to work on next.

3. I also made a number of video’s to help answer this question.  I talk about my basic teaching philosophy and give you lots of tips and advice to figure out the right path for you.

                        Where do I start? Part 1

                       Where do I start? Part 2

                       Where do I start? Part 3

                      Where do I start? Part 4

                      Where do I start? Part 5

                      Where do I start? Part 6

My original vision for the site was for it to be a library of video lessons that users could pick and choose from depending on their needs and desires.  There is no one approach, method or path to becoming a great sax player.  If you were to ask 100 working sax players about the path they took to get where they are at they would probably give you 100 different answers. The best path is the one that is right for you!  What I mean by that is that the path you choose has to be a road that excites your passion for music as it challenges you.  The #1 most important ingredient is your passion to grow and play jazz.  If you have this passion it will energize you daily to do the work that is needed and to grow as a musician.  Whether you start with major scales, blues scales or bebop scales the important thing is that you are excited about what you are learning and applying yourself fully to mastering that subject to the best of your ability.

I hope the resources above help you on your journey!  Stay passionate!      Steve

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site

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