Vol 28, No. 4, March/April 2004
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|ARTICLES AND FEATURE COLUMNS
"Sopranino: I Feel Your Pain"
by Paul Haar
THE SAXOPHONE DOCTOR
"Tips On Taking Your Saxophone Apart"
by Emilio Lyons
CREATIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES
"A Daily Practice Planner"
by Steve Mauk
THE PROFESSIONAL SAXOPHONIST
"A Saxophone For Every Mood"
Borgani, Cannonball, Unison, Selmer, Yamaha, Yanagisawa, Keilwerth
by Laura Dreyer
CREATIVE JAZZ IMPROVISATION
"Different Qualities of Dominant Chords"
by David Pope
A LESSON WITH
by Greg Banaszak
NEW SAXOPHONE PUBLICATIONS
"Punch For Soprano Sax & Piano"
"Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook"
by David Demsey
THE SAXOPHONE QUARTET
"The Saxophone Music Of Lynden De Young
by Susan Fancher
THE BARITONE SAXOPHONE
"...The most flexible and expressive instrument..."
by Jay Easton
MY YAMAHA WX5 SYSTEM
by Rick Campbell
March/April 2004 Recommended Recordings
Jay Easton, large saxophones
I Want To Live
Dr. Ted Brankston
The Stryker/Slagle Band
Steve Slagle, saxophone
Bossas & Ballads: The Lost Sessions
Stan Getz, saxophone
Lest We Forget
Ron Blake, saxophone
A Balance Of Light
Bobby Watson, saxophone
Blow Mr. Low
Doug James, baritone saxophone
Jenny Hill, saxophone
Clip-One Microphone Technology Masterclass CD
Modern technology has provided musicians with a vast array of tools to facilitate their creative efforts. One of the most important pieces of hardware for the performing saxophonist is a microphone. The mic you choose is the direct link between you and the audience. Many saxophonists use clip-on mics on stage because it gives them freedom of movement. There are some great systems on the market today and I have prepared an overview of some of these microphones for this masterclass CD. There are audio examples so you can hear what each mic sounds like.
HISTORY OF CLIP ON MICS
Clip on mics started off as a discreet way to mic individuals when they were speaking to large groups of people. They also worked well with recording for various forms of media (television shows, movies, plays, etc.). They provided both an excellent sound reproduction and an aesthetically pleasing look for speakers or vocalists. It wasn’t long before musicians started to use these mics on instruments. Nowadays most major microphone manufacturers offer clip on mics designed specifically for the needs of horn players. I contacted several leading companies and they sent me their latest mics for use in this project. It was a real treat to be able to use these mics in the studio and out in the field, and I can honestly say that they are all great mics and any one of them will reproduce a good saxophone sound. But each mic has slightly different features that we will examine to see which one will fit your individual needs.