Derek Brown has a Youtube channel called “Beatbox Sax”. While most of us mere mortals are just trying to figure out how to play the sax the normal way (or should I say the way that is most “common”), Derek is one of those rare individuals that is breaking new ground with the saxophone. Check out the two videos below and you will quickly realize that this guy is not your average sax player.
It is obvious that Derek Brown is a master of what we call extended techniques for the saxophone. When I was a young student at Ithaca College studying classical saxophone I heard some of these classical techniques used in more modern classical saxophone pieces. I thought they were strange sounding and wasn’t sure what to make of them. Derek is taking many of those same techniques and using them for a very different result though. I have to give the guy props, the amount of time and practice he must have used to master these different elements and techniques just boggles my mind. Many of these are not techniques that I would use but I thought Derek Brown and his individual approach to the saxophone is well worth posting on here that is for sure.
Derek has been kind enough to post a multitude of tutorials on Youtube teaching these different techniques. I counted 30 tutorials so far of which I posted 10 below. If you dig his playing above and what he can do on the sax be sure to check out the tutorials below as well as the many other videos he has on his Youtube channel. Well done Derek Brown! The Beatbox Sax Master!!
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #1-Overview
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #2-BackBeat Pops
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #3-Hi-Hat Clicks
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #4-Slap Tongue
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #5-Double Tongue
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #6-Double Pops
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #7-Air Puffs
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #8-Slap Crack
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #9-Slap Dyads
BeatBox Sax Tutorial #10-Smacker Scratches
Jack Luster says
Great demo and thank you!
What mouthpiece, opening, and reed strength are you using?
I really enjoyed your beatbox sax solo session at Trinity College Hartford, CT.
I forgot to ask you one question after the concert. In one or two sentences how do you define JAZZ? As I mentioned I am writing a report for my jazz history class and I would really appreciate if you are willing to answer my question.
Ace, I’m not sure how often Derek comes on here so you might want to try another way to reach out to him that might be more effective. Steve