Tag Archives: rock

Sheet Of The Week – Gunslinger (Avenged Sevenfold)

Well, I had planned on……maybe doing a……*gasp*….a…..One Direction song, but honestly……it was getting to painful to listen to them “sing” so I had to take a break and decided to do something better. Avenged Sevenfold. Sort of a palate cleanser….

  Gunslinger by Avenged Sevenfold for Eb Instruments (110.8 KiB, 66 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Help Is On The Way (Rise Against)

Rise Against makes good songs. They should be more well known than they are.

  Help Is On The Way by Rise Against for Eb Instruments (70.2 KiB, 108 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Almost Easy (Avenged Sevenfold)

If you haven’t heard of them, you should. Quite a versatile band.

  Almost Easy by Avenged Sevenfold for Eb Instruments (70.3 KiB, 147 hits)
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  Almost Easy by Avenged Sevenfold for Bb Instruments (76.3 KiB, 81 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Every Breath You Take (The Police)

Has to be one of my favorite songs.

  Every Breath You Take by The Police for Eb Instruments (103.0 KiB, 324 hits)
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  Every Breath You Take by The Police for Bb Instruments (103.6 KiB, 182 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Home (Breaking Benjamin)

I like Avenged Sevenfold better, but these guys have some good stuff too.

  Home by Breaking Benjamin for Eb Instruments (85.3 KiB, 100 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week (Bonus) – Diary Of Jane (Breaking Benjamin)

More metal meets alternative I’d call this one.

  Diary Of Jane by Breaking Benjamin for Eb Instruments (96.4 KiB, 147 hits)
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Sheet Of The Week – Learn To Fly (Foo Fighters)

This week sheets are from the Foo Fighters. I like the Foo Fighters. If you haven’t seen the music video, check it out. Good stuff.

  Learn To Fly by the Foo Fighters for Eb Instruments (92.1 KiB, 182 hits)
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Sheet(s) Of The Week – Afterlife/Seize The Day (Avenged Sevenfold)

If you haven’t heard this group, you should. Their music is varied and very good.

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Pink Floyd Founder Dies

From the BBC
Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died at the age of 65 from cancer.

I always think of Pink Floyd as sort of a Miles Davis rock group (without Miles). Lots of colors, and mood to their music. Plus, they had saxophone (sometimes).

I can cite two songs that were influential in me wanting to play saxophone. The first was Michael Frank’s “Dr. Sax” which features Michael Brecker (I didn’t know who the saxophone player was at the time. I just knew he had unearthly talent). The second song was “Us and Them” by Pink Floyd. Dunno, love that song.

Boots Randolph’s Rock And Roll Saxophone

Boots Randolph’s Rock and Roll Saxophone – Techniques and Fundamentals for Today’s Players by Boots Randolph and Mike Shannon is 63 pages that try to show you how to play rock and roll like Boots. Not that Boots playing could in any way be condensed down to so few pages.

The first part of the boot, about 20 pages, deals with scales. Major, minor, blues, dorian, mixolydian, in thirds, fourths and arpeggios. Nothing new. Then the book moves into long tones, and has a little discussion about how tone/ear training is important. It is worth reading.

Page 30 on out gets into the stuff you wanted to know, how to play Rock and Roll saxophone like Boots. The book goes over Growls, Slap tonguing, Throat trills, pops, and vibrato in addition to a bunch of other things. There are some excellent examples of what these sound like on the CD. Then there is an excellent discussion about altissimo, and how to do it, when to use it, how to practice it, and Continue reading Boots Randolph’s Rock And Roll Saxophone