Educational Resources

I’m thrilled to offer several educational resources for saxophone and clarinet players of all ages and skill levels to help. I hope you find the articles below useful!

Teaching Axis

Travelling With Reeds  – New March 2022!

Low Woodwind, Brass, and String SectionalsNew March 2022!

Updated LigaturesNew March 2022!

Reed GadgetsNew March 2022!

On Practicing – New March 2021!

Internet Lesson Protocols for Distance Learning – Updated May 2021!

Saxophone and Clarinet Fundamentals – A primer on breathing, embouchure, reeds, articulation and smart practicing – Updated September 2020!

Excelling at a Musical Instrument – An essay on the keys to success in music

Learning Principles – A set of timeless principles to aid in growth

Reed Seasoning and Adjustment – Advice on how to maximize your reed’s potential – Updated June 2018!

An Appraisal of Student Reeds – Rico, Rico Royal and Vandoren Juno reeds in an A/B/C challenge

Ligature Choices for Clarinet and Saxophone – Based on extensive field testing of many brands and styles of ligatures

Latest Ligatures – an appraisal of new options available! – New! November 2019

Developing a Nuanced Vibrato – Tips on how and when to use vibrato

Excellent Single Reed Mouthpieces for Students – A thorough examination of available options – New February 2017!

Why Saxophonists Need A Jazz and Classical Mouthpiece – A look at the mechanics and considerations of mouthpiece selection – Updated May 2022!

Clarinet Pinky Walkarounds and Left Hand Exercises – includes throat resonance fingerings! – New May 2021!

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