Month: August 2014

The Chicken – New Tune To Learn

One of my favourite tunes to play when I was in college was ‘The Chicken’ by Jaco Pastorius. It has since become a favourite of many of my students.

The basic form is around a 12-bar blues, but with a clever twist. Make sure you check out the full version of the track in the second video below – and the interpretation by Maceo Parker too. Those of you on alto would find it rewarding to transcribe the start of Maceo’s great solo.

The parts can be downloaded here:

Alto / Baritone

Soprano / Tenor / Clarinet 

 



Stapleford Jazz Collective

One of the most common targets from all my students at the start of the year was to reach a standard where they are able to make music with other people.

With this in mind I decided, in partnership with Woodwind and Reed, Cambridge and the ACE Cultural Foundation to launch the ‘Stapleford Jazz Collective’ at the brand new Stapleford Granary Arts Centre.

We meet on the first Wednesday at each month at 7.30pm

The ensemble is open to all musicians who have reached grade three or above and it is a fantastic opportunity to get together with like minded individuals and make some music, just for fun!

As someone who has lead various ensembles of different age groups I’m really looking forward to this and encouraging ALL my students to get involved.

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dan’s 21 Days of Practice …

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I’ve set my students a target of #21daystoimprove: practise the saxophone for 21 days and record a short clip of it. I’m someone who always tries to practise what I preach: here are my 1-minute videos. In each of them I’ve tried to give a short explanation of what I’m doing. Obviously this will only be completed once I’ve got to the 21 days!

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