This is probably the first of several reviews of mouthpieces from Phil Engelmann who makes and refaces mouthpieces under the name of Phil-Tone. Over the last few years I have bought several of his mouthpieces, had him work on one of mine, and bought one of his refaced mouthpieces as well. Today I’m going to… Continue reading Phil-Tone Equinox D Review
Played an interesting gig last night for several reasons. It was a 45th anniversary party for a nice couple and the gig was on Gibson Island. I was playing with my usual wedding band, New Monopoly. I mentioned before how huge the book is and even after nearly two years on the band I’m still amazed… Continue reading Gig Notes
I thought it might be interesting to fire off an opening volley about some of the horns I’ve been playing. Some of them I’ve been playing for quite a while and some are relatively new additions to the arsenal but all have stories associated with them. I’ve always considered myself to be primarily a tenor… Continue reading My Gear – Acoustic Version
I wanted to start having some “Beginner’s Corner” posts and this seemed like the best place to start. I see and hear this question a lot whether it’s in online forums or in person. People want to learn to play the saxophone but they would like to just learn it on their own. The first… Continue reading Can I Teach Myself to Play Saxophone?
After my horns and my EWI (which uses my laptop as a sound engine) my next most important piece of gear is my iPad. I use it for all kind of things and it has become practically indispensable for me. First and foremost, it is a great portable music reader. I use two apps for… Continue reading An Unlikely Piece of Indispensable Gear
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of things to deal with the reed situation. I’ve done everything from the “slap it on and play” method to synthetics and plasticovers to the whole reed rush and glass method and I’ve developed some pretty particular opinions about what I want to do and what I expect… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Reeds