I am still enjoying myself for the most part. I say that because I am still having some back pain which sometimes makes it difficult to handle the weight of the saxophone. Anyway, this is another tune I'm relearning. It is called All The Things You Are, written Jerome Kern. It originally appeared in a … Continue reading All The Things You Are
Small Chamber mouthpiece So when I bought my new alto sax, I also bought a new Vandoren mouthpiece with it. V16 A9 small chamber. I had bought a V16 T9 for my tenor sax, and I am constantly impressed with the sound I am getting out of my tenor. So, of course, I figured I … Continue reading Vandoren V16 A9
And not the good kind. I have the blues for real because I can't play the saxophone. I finally got a shoulder strap that works for me (not too much pain in the neck area), but, I can't believe how far I have fallen. It is completely discouraging. Songs and styles I used to know … Continue reading Sax Blues
Before joining the Navy I wanted to be a jazz composer. Somehow the Navy changed that direction. Anyway, this is a song I wrote, while still in high school actually, was for a girl. I hadn't even met her yet. She was going to the college I was headed to. Her name was Joyce. We … Continue reading A Song For Joyce
Slow Progress I have been struggling lately with practicing. It is very difficult because of upper back pain. When I was young I never would have thought that my body would fail to the point to where I could not even play my saxophone. When I got out of the Navy I had a lower … Continue reading Making Slow Progress
I have been practicing for almost 3 months. I am making some progress. It takes me much longer to learn a tune nowadays, but I can still learn. I have read that people who play musical instruments are constantly increasing synaptic function in the brain. So playing music is good for you. So, here is … Continue reading Have You Met Miss Jones?
My Review of Allora Paris Series Tenor from Tony Tate on Vimeo. The Allora Paris Series Tenor Saxophone A little over a month ago I purchased the Allora Paris Series Tenor sax not knowing a lot about it. I looked for videos on YouTube but none that really demonstrated the horn very well. Now I'm certainly … Continue reading Allora Paris Series Tenor Sax
A person's gift will make room for them, and bring them before important people (Prov 18:16 my paraphrase). I was listening to an interview that Kirk Whalum gave at Loyola University Forum. He talked about something that I have been thinking about a lot lately; this gift of musical talent that he and I and many … Continue reading Mastering your Gifts
https://soundcloud.com/tony-lovette-tate/helen-on-my-mind My Mom is always on my mind. These notes remind me of her.
Scales Necessary for Improvisation Scales? I remember when I was in high school, learning scales was the last thing on my mind. I would only learn the ones that were required for all-district band tryouts, and subsequent competitions. My junior year in high school we got new band directors; two sax players and one trombone … Continue reading Scales