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General Saxophone related articles, opinions, questions, etc, etc

The Contemporary Doubler

Interesting video for those of us who also double on oboe.

Band in a Box 2016 for Windows

If you run Windows, Christmas is now here for you. PGMusic released Band in a Box 2016 for Windows. Lots of new stuff including over 200 new RealTracks (worth the price right there in my opinion), and various interface tweaks.

I do like how this program is starting to get more refined in it’s interface. It’s basic interface has been around since the Atari ST days.

Sheet Of The Week – Flight Song (Rachel Platten)

  Fight Song by Rachel Platten for Eb instruments (101.0 KiB, 10 hits)
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  Fight Song by Rachel Platten forBb instruments (99.2 KiB, 8 hits)
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3D Printed Instruments

From Mic.com:

It doesn’t look like anything at first. But as the arm of the printer slides back and forth, a violin slowly takes shape. It has all the elegance of that delicate instrument but has a thoroughly modern look. The violin is electric. It is perfectly clear. And its body was created entirely inside of a 3-D printer.

Last summer, I 3D printed a mouthpiece on my school’s 3D printer. It plays HORRIBLE.

Minor Scale Usage

This is something I give out students to make sense of what minor scale works where. It’s especially nice since it’s not like the Aebersold “mixohypersuperlocieron” naming system where they name the same minor scale something different depending on what note it starts on.

  Minor Scale Usage (66.3 KiB, 36 hits)
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Flaccid Fallon Joke

Doing late night comedy is hard. Especially when you have the disability that is Jimmy Fallon. How he got the Tonight Show gig when it should rightfully go to Conan I don’t understand. Anyhow, the tonight show USED to have some sort of class to it. At least when Johnny Carson ran it. I never watched when that other guy took over.

It seems the other night Jimmy was struggling for some comedy, so he took to attacking one of the world’s best flute players, Robert Dick. Now, I can sorta see how you could riff off making fun of his last name, and that he has a book called “The Other Flute”. Ok, fine Jimmy. Penis jokes, yes, I don’t think they have ever been on the Tonight Show so up front. But then you took it too far by saying Robert looks like a dick. What the hell was that? Would Johnny Carson have done that? No.

Man up Jimmy and publicly apologize to Robert Dick, and have him on your show to make up. There is a petition going on here to make this possible. Over a thousand people have signed it.