Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario- We as a music community need to demonstrate that through support of arts and culture we also invest in the art form's economic well-being.

We as a music community need to demonstrate that through support of arts and culture we also invest in the art form's economic well-being We as a music community ( jazz, pop, classical, students, rock, indy etc etc) need to get out and start supporting each other more. One of the most fascinating dimensions of this music, today is all the people involved in it. But, when I attend a concert, club gig or student recital, it's very shocking to see the empty seats. In the last few weeks, I noted with great interest that this was evident. In short, people need to start to support each other more. From within the ranks. We are creative people, stepping out to hear a friend or a person who's trying is an asset to all of us. Listen to what the music does, not what it doesn't. We as a music community need to demonstrate that through support of arts and culture we also invest in the art form's economic well-being. Show up for a few sets.Buy the Cd's. Take note that we need a collaborative approach to make this successful.I believe strongly that if diligently and judiciously executed,it would be of mutual benefit to everyone.Strengthen the music field and effectively recharge it from within the ranks.This is very important ! The music will grow- the musicians will foster more gigs and the scene will get stronger. A lot of us from my generation,when we were young musicians, there was an idea that we would be playing this music,or at least some of us would be playing this as our principle means of support. Now the "night club circuit" can no longer support us ( read that as "any of us" ). Education is the big portion of our income. We all do clinics, residencies and all the other educational components , let alone the high school or college positions or straight up private teaching. As a young player I would go to my mentors gigs and check out how he dealt with the reality of PLAYING. Even as a teenager, when I studied with my local heros like Joe Miller and Sam Correnti I learned a lot about the reality. At that point the reality was learning transposition from Joe and Sam. Joe would give me fake books to transpose, there was no REAL BOOK then, so it was good ol' VOL. 1. Plus other" bop" or swing books. Through doing that with Joe, I eventually learned to transpose at sight as a teenager. Yes Joe Miller, he was the best local jazz saxist I could of dreamed of as a teacher. He played King Super 20 saxes and had a great sound on alto and tenor, and he played RICO reeds! He turned me on as a kid to RICO brown box reeds on my Brillhardt mouthpiece. Joe was hip to Art Pepper and Bird and the cats.The baddest player in my home town-bar none for jazz. But the reality was , he also made a living playing dance gigs. He was great at it ! They played my high school prom. They played a few pop tunes " of the era" but mostly standards for dancing. Ok- From those relationships I would know what a jazz musician was. Later with guys like Charlie Mariano, Joe Viola and Andy McGhee at Berklee School as well, and years later Sal Nistico, Stitt and Don Christlieb etc. This is why I tell my students to attend gigs, buy Cds, listen and form bands to jam. Make it happen! Jam more, session on days your off, form "head bands" and just play. I do tell students of the "reality in my heart and spirit" but if they don't experience it it does not mean a lot. People need to play together, get into the basement and jam!! Look at each other and say yea. REALITY LESSON !!! Knowing_MELODYS_so people could identify and dance. A life lesson there dear reader! Knowing how to play a dance gig and survival chops to make money. Joe always said, " It beats putting cans on the wall in the supermarket ! "....I never forgot that. Plus as I said, he could blow. We did the old play alongs ( before Aebersold !! ) with the Mal Waldron trio playing those blues heads Gene Ammons recorded. Joe knew the real deal, and as I said, was the best jazz saxophonist in the city. Plus a teacher of reality. His karma paid off too, years later he won the lotto. When I came in with Charles Lloyd records trying to copy the heads like " Sombreo Sam" Joe never flinched. He was that cool. Now Mr. Correnti, taught me flute. Another lesson in itself as today, the flute double is non-existant to a large degree. This was when I was in 10th grade in school too. Sam was cool, always dressed in a hip coat and tie. An old school swing man who knew a lot of the major players , and taught Gerry Muligan when he lived in the area. We used to get the David Gornstein books right from David, as Sam knew him. Sam also made me aware of being dressed right. I always was aware of the clothes a musician wore. REALITY of a very important kind. Plus- flute. Lots of lessons NOT in books. HERE ARE SOME OF MY...Improvising outlines to shed.There are 6 pages here- many students that I have taught via Skype or in New York City, Reading, Pa have improved greatly by this kind of study. Write lines like mine, then based on what YOU hear. Bring the YOU out in what you do.Go slow & listen. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks! TIM PRICE

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- RIP Bobby Keys you rocked this place with class, soul & style.

RIP Bobby Keys.....RIP Bobby you rocked this place with class, soul & style. Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70 SAD NEWS. Wish it wasn't true.I always loved talking to him at Roberto's. To hear him play his horn in a shop, you heard this guys depth as who he was and what a personal sound he had. You could hear LIFE in that sound- and his life. You could hear he loved to play. He will be missed.All those great things he did for Sheryl Crow- overdubs. He told me.." He just did em' "...Like that. heard him with Keith once & Keith had him playing a lot- the place was on fire due to Bobby. That pan handle Texas thing he had in sound was something special.Really a shame. RIP rocked this place with class and soul. He had roots in bar bands, he also knew the history of the sax.NO BS or that airy fairy stuffthat sounded like everyone else-he played and the planet FELT It. HUGE LOSS. -Listen to him on " Can't you hear me knocking"....Nasty greasy Texas tenor. LARSEN full tilt...I always loved him, but that day he said he " just did it" ....Revering to the sax quartet over-dubs on Sheryl Crows record- the room spun. My respect for him doing that, with out charts, by ear- old school, and pro'lly in one take went up a zillion notches. I know my friend Roberto...who worked on his saxes will be torn up-Bobby was a lovable dude. Great bari player too- and alto. . Just listen to those " Sun Sessions" by Sheryl. Damn!!! RIP to a true road warrior of rock & roll and saxophone stylist.Bobby keys you rocked this place with class, soul & style.......Tim Price // D'Addario Woodwinds Blog //

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Keep the channel open. Thanksgiving

My friends there is a very thin line, sometimes with a pale shadow attached, between what happens on the bandstand,in the shed,writing your thoughts in your blogs, and in the classroom. All involve the now, listening being in the moment. Instruments, reeds,paper,laptop, pencil, the mind as messenger for the mind and heart are our tools for being in this life. Whether it's playing with a cool band,or some friends playing Monk tunes, writing a really good line of poetics,learning some new ideas or tunes, or connecting with and enjoying your students.All are gifts that I continue to be thankful for, and always will be.We now have to believe in our true selves and realize that what we do is a gift! Every day is Thanksgiving ! Let me also add, to me , communication is most important . So, it there is no direct communication with the audience for which you are playing, there goes your job. Play music for people- and watch the result! John Coltrane used to talk about imagining his music reaching out and embracing his audiences.Remember before Trane was Trane he was a player who could rock the house on the blues, and play any standard song. I practice everyday, and I practice for at least 2 hours before I do anything. I don't do it because I think that Mike Stern or Sting is going to call. < I wish they would > I do it because it's the one thing in life that has been a constant for me. So few things in life ever remain the same, if any. But the saxophone < and my woodwinds > is the same every day.To me, it's the best ever deal you can make in life. If you work hard and practice at your saxophone , you get better. It's that simple! Think about it. Still grateful to be playing and learning. Looking forward to each gig and rehearsal and student, trying to stay in that vibe. And learn what I can from it. All human beings are linked together through the timeless, universal chain of history and events.The musician links to the practice room and the bandstand. Various life developments have been born in both environs. ~ The first stage of the artistic process involves absorption of principles and techniques that have already been accepted as standard in the field , the artist personalizes past and contemporary styles, meaning active participation in real world. This is why, I've always felt the need to play with all kinds of musicians, any age and of course working heavily with students to develop their "real world" skills. So- till next week - practice hard and eat more vegetables and fruit. Don't forget to do something nice for somebody too, remember compassion is essential with each other. I hope these words help motivate you to explore your music even more. Keep the channel open. Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday and the moment. Thank you- Tim Price - - - - This BLOG is dedicated to the beyond category friendship-love-inspiration that Marietta Benevento has shown to me for over 40 plus years. Beyond words- Thank you Marietta. - - - - One of the real jazz singers in our era- and a deep soul with something to add to this music we all love. Keep on.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- - New York City saxophone study -with Tim Price - special rate.

10% Off New York City sax study with Tim Price via Roberto's Winds. Saxophone Coaching, with instructor-coach Tim Price ; reach your goals. Expand your vision about what is possible in your life via- your playing. Mention the AD...that is here and message me at . . I'll get you started. Would you like to improve musically? Now's the time, for the saxophonist who who is interested in learning the skills. Let my experience as a player-educator work for you. -E-mail me and we will get started right away. o How to play what you hear in your head o Chord/Scale relationships & their use o Scales INSIDE scales o Important books, records . o Jazz NOMENCLATURE & notation o Ear Training exercises--the importance of them, how to do them o Thorough discussion/demonstration of the Blues & Blues Scales o Articulation-styles, how to practice them o Discussion of SWING, BOSSA NOVA, BOP, pop and rock o How to BUILD a solo o Use of Play-A-Long recordings--group/individual assignments o II-V7-I PROGRESSION o HOW to practice/WHAT to practice o Dealing with ballads and making them you own. o How to practice a song so you really know it o Piano voicing for non-pianists o What to listen for in a jazz solo o Jazz theory and proper application The sessions are informal and relaxed, yet highly structured. If you are a novice improvisor or even a pro who has always felt there was more to learn, you'll truly enjoy these lessons. IN NYC...There is a special 10% off deal- ask me about it. GET TO ME AT - TIMPRICEJAZZ@AOL.COM....Thank you- Tim Price

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Have you heard Jennifer Hall? LA Studio legend & jazz baritone artist.

Jennifer Hall, born and raised in Northridge, CA attended Cal State Northridge and USC as a music major. As a saxophone and woodwind player, she played on the hit TV show, Dancing with the Stars on ABC and records for the cartoon series of Family Guy and American Dad on FOX. She has also performed with the American Tenors special for PBS, the 54th Annual Emmy Awards, the American Film Institute TV specials and the Academy Awards. Jennifer has recorded with Michel Legrand, Arturo Sandoval, Jack Sheldon, Ray Conniff and many other artists. Most recently, she has performed in concert with Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.Through her decades in LosAngeles front lines,Jennifer has developed a keen understanding of the symbiotic balance between the many roles a musician has to deal with and the supporting players, between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of her virtuosity. I've had the pleasure of knowing Jennifer over a dozen years, and can really say aside from her great studio skills, being an amazing bassoonist, flute player & multi-woodwind artist she is also a unsung jazz baritone artist. She would never tell you anything like that- but the truth is in the music. Music don't lie. She was a member of trumpeter Jack Sheldon's big band for a decade, subbing on the Phil Norman Tentet, Bob Florence's Limited Edition, the legendary Ann Patterson's bands (which are more world class jazz that needs to be heard )....and also quite a fantastic curved jazz soprano player. These names I mentioned are jazz royalty. Players who you can Google and get decades of information on.Jennifer was a vital part of their music, and as quiet as it's kept, a outstanding soloist as well. YOU NEED...To check out her CD - Jennifer Hall Meets.....A West Coast Tribute to Gerry Mulligan. Or enjoy her prior CD release " Jennifer Hall Jennifer's CD's are absolutely incredible!Her playing really burns it up andf is essential music for anyone who truly loves great jazz music. Real jazz, for the people who feel jazz, by a one of a kind multi-dimensional artist.Her outstanding musicianship is a breath of fresh air these days and her improvising is first class all the way. She is without question one of the real serious jazz stylists playing these days. Have you heard Jennifer Hall? Sure you have. If you listened to " Dancing with the stars" or " Family Guy" you sure have. She's a seasoned professional and a super cool fantastic woman.Who just happens to play extremely lyrical and beautiful jazz.I can't say enough about her. But her music speaks louder than anything I could say. She is an asset to this world of music. - - - Thank you- Tim Price / D'Addario Artist & Woodwinds Blogger.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Music is a language

Today's musicians – whether students, educators, or professionals – need to strive for quality of practice. Developing a sustainable routine is really a life-long process. Young people can function off desire and youthful animal energy. In the long run, though, the creative person needs to find a way to maintain a level of interest and vitality in the art. This takes work and intelligence. The concept of daily practice is an important one, as it is the best way to make any kind of musical progress. Daily effort keeps players finely attuned to continuous movement and the incremental accumulation of progress.. Practicing sporadically causes you to lose the thread of your practice and is thus much less effective. Through diligent, consistent daily work, a tangible musical substance is developed. First of all, it is helpful to develop physical stamina through the repeated effort. Also, from day to day, students will accumulate ideas and expand on the themes of their practice. On a topic like working Major chords; the first day might be devoted to arpeggios, and the next day might be finding some connections to other musical sources or songs. By continuing to work with focus on the same things from day to day, students will find their level of proficiency rising and expanding to include all these other sources. Practicing every day results in the acquisition of technique, musical intelligence, improved tone, and stamina. Just the quest to continuously find something to practice will increase a musician’s creativity. There are so many variations of scales, melodies, and melodic patterns. The only real limitations are determined by focus and creativity. For example: let's say that you have adequately practiced your horn and now want something else to work on. You could sit down at the piano and transcribe a song, learn a song by ear that you may have previously learned by wrote. This, is one of the most beneficial practices you can do. Ear training, learning songs, listening to other players, hearing bass lines or melodies. Ok. Now you've spent a few hours and learned a tune the way its supposed to be played. You know the tune inside and out, in essence a great organizational mind skills study too. However your mind works. Don't overload – otherwise nothing sticks. Your capacity will increase after you have spent more and more time. It's amazing how connections are made, they seem to occur in a fashion which is beyond the conscious ability to plan and organize. Daily practice also allows me to imprint the material in my mind until it becomes instinct. One long practice session will not do this. For most players, useful techniques can only be acquired through repetition. I always try to work new materials into songs, lines and grooves that I like. For me it's sort of like upgrading my musical mind so that my playing becomes reoriented in the directions I choose. Increasing familiarity with the materials is a good thing. It's like learning a language – music is a language.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Self-discipline is like a muscle

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply get yourself to follow through on your best intentions no matter what.The pinnacle of self-discipline is when you reach the point that when you make a conscious decision, it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll follow through on it.Be it practicing your instrument, sticking with a mouthpiece and putting the time in to learn to play it or just daily goals and jobs. Your discipline is one of many personal development tools available to you. Of course it is not a panacea. Nevertheless, the problems which self-discipline can solve are important, and while there are other ways to solve these problems, self-discipline absolutely shreds them. Self-discipline can empower you- imagine the results, if you say to yourself ... I want to learn all my scales in every key at 120 on my metronome. Not have to...but want. That can be done sooner than you think with discipline. So can application to study-reading a new book to open new ideas on things. It can wipe out procrastination, disorder, and ignorance. Within the domain of problems it can solve, self-discipline is simply unmatched. Moreover, it becomes a powerful teammate when combined with other tools like passion, goal-setting, and planning. Self-discipline is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger you become. The less you train it, the weaker you become. Think of the results- just for you.Confidence before an audition! Confidence when picking up your horn to play in a new setting- your primed and ready. Relaxed and confident! We all possess different levels of self-discipline. Everyone has some — if you can hold your breath a few seconds, you have some self-discipline. But not everyone has developed their discipline to the same degree. Check it out- it takes self-discipline to build self-discipline. Similarly, the basic method to build self-discipline is to tackle challenges that you can successfully accomplish but which are near your limit. This doesn’t mean trying something and failing at it every day, you must start with challenges that are within your current ability. Old opportunities will dry up. New opportunities will begin to appear.Your mind set does change- and so does your ability on whatever you are working on with discipline. Invitations that once attracted you will seem boring, while others will become interesting to you.People will change how they relate to you. Some will become more distant while others will zoom closer.Gigs will appear, you'll enjoy things more. Things you used to merely dream about will begin to seem possible for you. Celebrate your success! ~ Till next week...practice your long tones everyday- Tim Price