Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- - Stuff to practice from Tim Price- Transcriptions- Lines- Ideas- chord studys, phrasing, Hawkins, Cannonball, Rollins, RARE Michael Brecker interview and more!

--- HERE IS A HOLIDAY SPECIAL TO TAKE YOU....INTO THE NEW YEAR 2016 IN THE MOST MUSICAL WAY...IN THE SHED- Transcriptions- lines on chords- Licks and more from me to you, PLUS A RARE MICHAEL BRECKER INTERVIEW I DID...Enjoy and enjoy - Music for music's sake is the path to travel....Thank you - - Tim Price LAST,,,,BUTNOT LEAST,,,A RARE MICHAEL BRECKER INTERVIEW I DID FOR SAXOPHONE JOURNAL ; This was a conversation that Michael and I had in 1991. It was a combination of some ideas that we were talking about,I made some cassette tapes for him of Bert Wilson, then got him in touch with Bert later. He did know Bert from a loft time period in the early 70's though. Point here is..It was a very relaxed conversation...Very non-interview like in a way that's why I moved forward to get the editor. There were some parts about multi-phonics that were edited out by the editor, and some other content but. Most of all we had a lot of fun.....hope you enjoy it — at Hastings on the Hudson...Michael's home.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Cookin' with TP- Holiday recipes! Check them out.

TO GET STARTED WITH CHRISTMAS 2015....I HAVE A CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE AND A SEABASS DISH YOUR GONNA LOVE. Let's get started ; Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten Market Pantry Grade A Large Eggs 12 1 tablespoon Tennessee whiskey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips ............................................................... Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat the first egg into the butter until completely blended; beat in the second egg. Add whiskey and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Mix flour mixture into creamed butter mixture until just incorporated; fold in chocolate chips. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet, 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 9 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. .................................................................. This dish is served with a beer remoulade — a condiment we fell in love with in New Orleans. Ours combines pickles, jalapenos, fresh basil, hot sauce, and beer to make a perfect sauce for a smoky white fish. It’s so good we even slathered it all over the potatoes and veggies as we ate dinner. Grilled Chilean Sea Bass Serves: 4 4 ½-pound fish steaks, such as Chilean Sea Bass 1 Navel orange, cut into thin slices 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed) Handful of fresh basil, chopped ½ cup of olive oil 4 tablespoons minced garlic Salt and pepper Beer remoulade (see below) Place 2 orange circles in the center of a large piece of tin foil. Season each fish filet with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, salt and pepper. Place the fish atop the orange circles and drizzle with about 3 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate, until the fish is covered. Close up the foil packet, leaving yourself handles on either end of the packet for easy handling. Set up your grill for indirect grilling, placing the coals under half the grate. Place the foil packets on the side of the grill away from the coals, put the lid on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes, until the fish is cooked through. Serve with the beer remoulade and the beer you used in the remoulade. Beer Remoulade 1 cup mayonnaise 1 hard-boiled egg 3 cornichons, minced (or two tablespoons dill pickle relish) 1 fresh jalapeno or 6 slices of pickled jalapenos, finely diced 1 tablespoon minced basil 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce 1 tablespoon beer Salt and pepper to taste Add the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.ENJOY!!!!!!! Happy Holidays to everyone. May your Christmas & New Year's be joyful and safe. Have a wonderful New Year - 2016!!!! see you soon - - Tim Price

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'addario Woodwinds- The depth of Joe Viola's books.

Joe's books have always been the basis for Berklee's saxophone instruction, Joe was the teacher of teachers and....a guy who knew so much. I would wake up early and just GET READY for Joes lessons as a kid. I studied with Joe and graduated from Berklee in 1973.Things at Berklee have changed plenty since then, but the Joe Viola books have been a very important part of instrumental studies since I was a kid. They provide you with EVERYTHING you need and more. Sorry for the shameless plug. I'm a big fan of Joe Viola,and was lucky to be at the school when Joe, Charlie Mariano, Andy McGhee and Nick Ciazza, John LaPorta and more.That was a great time to be at Berklee. As educators- it is our business is to culturally train young people so they can appreciate the finer things in life. For some of the readers discussing this topic may seem unnecessary, since in reality teaching an art form and jazz in particular is a fact of modern academic life. But I still think that in some people’s minds there is doubt as to how creativity, demonstrated in a viable art form can be taught - JOE VIOLA- was a propigator of that vision. For me, Joe and Mariano were the arbiters of creative culture. A life line to a source of vitality, strength and positive knowledge which is so rare in our society. I miss Joe a lot-a few years ago I got a Mariquax Altu Noir oboe. SOMEWHERE JOE WAS DIGGING THAT I GOT THIS- I FELT IT. He was such a beautiful soul. He got the student into the culture. BTW- If anyone knows it or not musicians like John Coltrane and Duke Ellington as well as Charlie Parker have become a vital part of our culture as human beings.They have raised the level of society by putting out a good product that lasts forever. To take the student into a part of your world that your in touch with as a creator is very difficult. To say the least. I was a 18 year old kid, when I met Joe, he took my mind into a space that I can never thank him enough for. Let me also add- while on this thought- Jane Ira Bloom's was one of Joe's visionary pupils. Jane is a great example of a player and one of the most unique musicians on the current scene. I've been aware of Jane's musicianship and personal pursuits since her days with Joe Viola.I feel she is one of the leading exponents of a sound concept on the soprano that Joe fathered. Not to mention- His playing had a vision and intensity then that in my mind was on the level. See at that time, many players were not teachers , most wouldn’t or couldn’t impart specifics. This is obviously very different from now when almost every major jazz performer does master classes at least some of the time. HIS BOOKS ACCOMPLISH THESE ASPECTS ; - Pitch retention - opening your technique - breaking rote finger habits I think that a typical student attending a jazz school or taking private lessons with a player might not be totally cognizant of it , but (s)he may be looking for something that is not there-sort of like the keys to the kingdom. E.G- " Show me how to sound like ...." or , " If I get this mouthpiece , can I get this guys style "...etc etc. WRONG !!!! Joe made me aware of loving the music, being inspired by it and wanting to play is exciting and the nature of youth is to want to get there fast. JOE VIOLA'S BOOKS ARE.... an asset to ALL OF US . They are a credit to his legacy !

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Real and focus. Very important.

Because it’s important to stay focused on what I’m doing in real life, I’ve developed some coping mechanisms to block out the noise: 1. Take the weekends and holidays off from social media. Even if you have to use social media to promote your businesses (like I do), your weekends and holidays should be sacred. It’s easy to look at social media and see people knocking out quick but photogenic DIY’s, rearranging their breakfasts at chic cafes and mostly sharing other people’s work. It can feel like the cards are stacked against you, especially if you’re writing a book that’s going to take two years, working on a design project at an agency that takes six months (I’ve been there) or remodeling your house on your own (five years in, it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface). The point is, longer projects are meant to challenge you and downright suck a lot of the time. They’re the ones that really force you to grow and learn about yourself. In the end, you’ll be much better for it. Those quick, fleeting projects? Sometimes they’re nothing more than a form of procrastination to keep you from digging into the meatier ones you’re scared to start. 3. Remind yourself that what you see others doing is never the full story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'addario Woodwinds- An amazing find for jazz clarinetists & clarinet doublers in Rico Reserve mouthpieces.

Today, I am reviewing two great mouthpieces by RICO RESERVE.The mouthpieces looks great upon first inspection. The hard rubber is shiny and without any imperfections. The engraving is neat and clean. The rails, tip rail, table and baffle look very well crafted and even. NOW- This is why I'm bringing these to your attention- these two models are perfect for the jazz clarinet player ( or doubler) who needs more from the piece. In addition- a world music clarinet player- who wants the control, but also the verve and splash in the sound. These two mouthpieces are sleepers in the RICO RESERVE stable of new pieces. The mouthpieces I'm talking about are the- MCR-X10 -(1.11mm, Medium-Short Facing, A=442) MCR-X15E Reserve Mouthpiece - Bb Clarinet - X15E (1.18mm, Long Facing, A=442) TRY THESE NOW- You'll be amazed. STATE OF THE ART SOUND.... I take that to mean that the chamber is large enough to allow enough air to pass with the size 3 or 3.5 reed I play on it.In my opinion, this is a good thing. As I hold the mouthpiece up to the light, the baffle, tip and rails all look perfect to my eye! It plays amazingly well- projects over the band great with no frustration in pitch issue or getting lost in the mix. These are killer jazz clarinet pieces. Special thanks to Jen Augello on the RESERVE TEAM...for her knowledge and help. Thank you Jen. Also one of the assets in all things RICO...Kristen McKeon. You two miraculously gifted women make this life sonically beautiful. Thank you both for all you do. In closing, If desirability, price, and demand is your interest,I suggest these mouthpieces to you. Rico Reserve architecture in their mouthpieces of the style I'm reviewing is beyond words, I was stunned at the versatility in these pieces for the jazz player, as I stated. It shows that RICO has taken the time, effort, and expense to recreate rubber which is similar to the old classic rod rubber used to make mouthpieces in the 20's and 30's. By going that extra step- a mouthpiece design was created that I could perform on comfortably. At the price point- it is perfect.The quality and consistency are tip top,and the manufacturing consistency is as great as it gets too. Thank you - Tim Price

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tim Price Blogging For D'Addario Woodwinds- SKYPE SAXOPHONE STUDY WITH TIM PRICE

SKYPE MUSIC STUDY WITH TIM PRICE These SKYPE sessions with Tim Price 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. Hands-on "Real World" Learning , you'll more than simply learn-you'll do. By gaining new knowledge you'll create momentum that can transform your musical future. You'll sustain results. You'll discover multiple ways to produce real, sustainable results. Imagine.... The sound and ideas musically you've always dreamed of with no barriers or boundaries. Being able to put to use songs, concepts, ideas and expand your playing by HARD WORK, knowledge rich with success and achievement, and a deep sense of musical fulfillment. UNCHAIN THE POWER IN YOUR JAZZ PLAYING... move beyond limiting beliefs and blocks, and accomplish goals and realize true musical desires, turning improvisational dreams into reality. Play better as a performer that produces a quantum difference with solid and knowledge in your musical agendas. These "hands on" lessons teach you to have the courage to dream of even more and the knowledge,to make it real. This is where inspiration and serious study converge to produce results that will change your playing. These are the topics of study that Tim Price has studied and developed for decades. Tim Price is developing a custom teaching program where you'll discover and implement change using the same tools, techniques that have been tools of the masters. Study = Results Now is the time to....change your playing and get results. Its time go to the next level. Act now! The techniques that SELMER and RICO clinician Tim Price integrates into his jazz curriculum for his personal students worldwide are available here. Right now-ON LINE right on SKYPE! Check out the various SKYPE Lessons, listed here, and E mail Tim @ to get billed thru Pay Pal and get started now. Thank you and good luck, Tim Saxophone instruction - ANY LEVEL How to play what you hear in your head Chord/Scale relationships & their use Scales INSIDE scales Important books, records & cassettes Jazz NOMENCLATURE & notation Ear Training exercises--the importance of them, how to do them Thorough discussion/demonstration of the Blues & Blues Scales Articulation-styles, how to practice them Discussion of SWING, BOSSA NOVA, BOP, pop and rock How to BUILD a solo Use of Play-A-Long recordings--group/individual assignments II-V7-I PROGRESSION HOW to practice/WHAT to practice How to practice a song so you really know it Piano voicings for non-pianists What to listen for in a jazz solo Jazz theory and proper application Tim Price Live Online Lessons Personalized Lessons in your home. Using Skype. Learn on line from recording artist, author and jazz educator. ( New School Jazz Dept. and Long Island University, and Selmer & Rico clinician) I will listen to you play, make suggestions & offer practice regimens. My online lessons will focus your practicing for maximum progress towards creating immediate results. My approach is simple. It combines discipline, creativity & with musical knowledge. Your playing is examined in real time, on line, by Tim Price.Then you are assisted to reach a new goal right there from Tim ! Take advantage of Tim Price's 35 plus years of teaching, performing, recording & writing experience. Step by step online videos to help you improve your playing at a logical pace. On screen spoken help explaining how to reach your next level. Technical Considerations Lesson Types Other Notes Technical Considerations In order to take advantage of this new lesson format you must ensure you have the following at your disposal; A web cam capable of use with Skype Broadband Internet access Skype A PC or MAC capable of running all of the above Lesson Types Tier 1 - jazz saxophone lesson I always ask my students what their favorite music is, are and what their goals are. I have goals for them, too, but almost everyone has some personal goals. Use the visualization of what's inside you as a player-learner and let that bloom to the best you can. That provides everything. Life expands every day, day to day. If you let it, music does the same thing as well. My study plan is very organized and there is a high level of results at all levels. I try to encompass all the styles that are happening today, all the way from technique on the early levels to what's going on today. Although I work with all music, my focus is on what's happening now—with you as a student- which keeps me on my toes. It's really kind of the foundation that all musicians strive for. Tier 2 - Gear Lesson This is a gear lesson. This is to work out the kinks with a new mouthpiece or to pick some gear that accents the best intentions for you for where you are at currently as a saxophonist. Any level any age any genre. If you've got a problem and you need an answer and a second set of ears, this is for you. You email and we set up a time to meet on skype, after PAY PAL payment goes through. Technology is a huge part of what we do. To be successful, you have to be savvy with technology. The better your sound, the better your chance of getting heard and hired. That's why a large part of learning the applications, so students can create and edit their own sounds. Knowing the proper tools as mouthpieces and reeds via the right horns are essential. Tier 3 - Beginner and Intermediate Students This lesson is geared only for beginning and intermediate students looking for someone to teach them. If you can't find a teacher or your schedule is so busy that this seems like the best avenue for you to take, check it out. Guaranteed results. This is a forty minute lesson payable for four lessons at once. You email me at and we set up a time to meet on skype, after PAY PAL payment goes through. Other Notes of interest Sometimes in this complex digital world, unforeseen technical problems may arise. In this case we will work together to find a solution. What makes my teaching distinctive is that I'm a professional— I do what I teach. My approach is centered, focused on helping each student develops professionally as a musician as well as develop as a person. How can I assist you? Let's get started now! FEE - Contact Tim @ for most current fee info. Thank you, Tim

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Thoughts about Jimmy Lyons.

~ JIMMY LYONS ; Today was his birthday~, and he was a source of energy, knowledge, soul & common sense...and more to the music we call jazz. Records like=Other Afternoons ...Riffs Jump Up....Something in Return..Burnt Offering Wee Sneezawee..Give It Up...With Cecil- Into the Hot- Mixed- Student Studies- Akisakila- Spring of Two Blue J's- Dark to Themselves- Cecil Taylor Unit- 3 Phasis- Live in the Black Forest-One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye- It Is in the Brewing Luminous- The Eighth- Winged Serpent-The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor-Conquistador- Unit Structures- Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come...That music & more has to NEVER be forgotten and MUST be listened to by everyone, always. This man's depth as an artist but also someone who had the_deep roots_in Bird, blues & beyond- and composing-conceptions. Jimmy was someone that is always in my ears, he told a story when he played. At the time 1982, Jimmy Lyons wrote this support letter for me below this- to get some grants from the Pa Council on the arts- Which helped me a lot- As I got over 6 grants through the years to do my own music- and produce it. Positive energy- and thanks to Jimmy Lyons for the friendship & inspiration & more- this man was infinite! I was studying with him and his bassoonist wife Karen Borca. Karen was amazing and gave me a rebirth in bassoon playing just hearing her! Quite as it's kept- she is one of the real masters and innovators! Beautiful soul Karen Borca is, Going to their home in the Bronx- after I spend over a decade in road bands, was just what I needed. Doors opened in my thinking and it was something very inspiring. Jimmy was the ultimate! Being around Jimmy was amazing and enlightening- he was one of the real innovators in modern music. GO LISTEN TO HIM....YOU HAVE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS ARTIST. I sure miss him too- he left the planet to early and was a spirit to always listen for. Bright sun upon his spirit. Tim Price- Bloggin' For D'Addario ;