Welcome to the Newbury Sax School Blog!

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Hello! I’m Simon Currie, owner of the Newbury Sax School, saxophone teacher and currently sax player with the Manfreds. Alongside developing the Newbury Sax School online sax lessons, I thought…

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Saxophone Transposition Chart

Transposition and the Saxophone The fact that saxophones are ‘transposing instruments’ is not a subject that student saxophonists will need to know at first. But when you begin to play…

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Types of Saxophone

The Saxophone Family The saxophone is one of the newest instruments in the woodwind family, invented in 1840 by Belgian Adolphe Sax and patented in 1946. First designs were made…

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Saxophone Embouchure

'If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it's like a human voice.'  Stan Getz. When you play any instrument, the most important thing is…

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Online Saxophone Lessons

Until recent times, online saxophone lessons have made up a small percentage of lessons given, but COVID-19's arrival has changed all that. With most of the Western world's population locked-down at…

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Saxophone for Beginners

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Choosing Your First SaxophoneSo you’ve decided to learn to play the saxophone - well done! But how do you know which instrument to buy (or hire)? Obviously, if you are…

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Famous Saxophone Players Part 3

We’re onto our third post in our series about the most searched for saxophone greats.  See here for our post on Kenny G, and here for Charlie Parker. John Coltrane…

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Jazz Improvisation

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Playing With Licks.Using licks is an ideal way for beginners to learn jazz improvisation.The word ‘licks’ is a cool name for phrases, and in non-musical terms it can be compared…

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Saxophone Finger Slurs

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Do you want to sound more professional with the way you bend your notes on the saxophone? Here is a free video explaining how to add more of an expert…

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