“The Spiritual Side” is my collection of posts specifically geared toward becoming a better worshipper as a wind instrument musician.

The Spiritual Side

  • In All Your Getting, Get The Anointing

    In All Your Getting, Get The Anointing

    If you’re here at Worship Winds, you’re probably here because you’re looking for something different than you’ve found at a lot of the other places out there. YOU want to play your horn for the Lord. And you want to make a difference when you do. You aren’t interested in just playing your instrument to […]

We all need to strive for technical excellence. “The Technical Side” is all about learning to play better.

The Technical Side

  • Finding The Right Mouthpiece

    Finding The Right Mouthpiece

    If you're new to playing the saxophone or you don't have a lot of experience under your belt yet, you might have the "luxury" of not yet having gone down the rabbit hole of going through the motions of selecting the perfect saxophone mouthpiece for your horn.   I hate to refer to the process […]
  • Muscle Memory And The Importance Of Accurate Practice

    Muscle Memory And The Importance Of Accurate Practice

    Some thoughts on muscle memory, and the importance of accuracy in practice. When you practice a physical motion with your body, the body tends to "remember" how to do that motion. For those of us who can walk and ride a bicycle, you realize pretty quickly when you think about it that you don't think […]
  • Sometimes Less Is More

    Sometimes Less Is More

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you saw something, and then, once you did, it was all you saw?   I remember once watching a movie with my kids, when my youngest boy started to chuckle. I asked him what was up, because it was a drama we were watching, and so […]
  • Music Is a Language And Musical Phrases Are Vocabulary

    Music Is a Language And Musical Phrases Are Vocabulary

    Years ago, I took some lessons from a guy named Steve Woods. He was a music professor at a community college in the metropolitan Detroit area. And even though I only had a handful of lessons with him, some of the concepts I took away from those lessons has shaped the way I practice and […]
  • Why You Need To OWN The Pentatonic Scale

    Why You Need To OWN The Pentatonic Scale

    Note: If you've subscribed to the website and logged in, you can gain access to the free exercise download HERE...  And if not, please join to have access. You'll love it. We've all heard how important it is to practice our scales and chords. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start. There are major […]
  • Not All Practice Makes Perfect

    Not All Practice Makes Perfect

    In the "members section" of the site, I link to a video where I describe something called "muscle memory," and how, for good or for bad, when you practice a physical motion with your body, the body tends to "remember" how to do that motion. When you practice your sax, your body "remembers" it in […]
  • Training Your Lip For Endurance

    Training Your Lip For Endurance

    Your lip is a muscle. And understanding the physiology of that muscle can help you play better - and longer. In another post, I wrote about a concept sometimes referred to as "muscle memory." You can read that post if you click this link; but essentially, muscle memory is a term that refers to your […]
  • Focus On One Thing

    Focus On One Thing

    Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to figure out where to start down a road to getting to where you want to go. If you're floundering with conflicting feelings about how or what to practice, or where to start, sometimes you just have to start somewhere,  and go from there. More... Is Your Practicing Like That? […]
  • Ten Things I Learned From Jamey Aabersold

    Ten Things I Learned From Jamey Aabersold

    If you've been playing jazz or blues for any length of time, you're probably familiar with Jamey Aebersold.​ Jamey is the father of the playalong CD For those of you who don’t know who he is, Jamie is the father of the play-along CD series for learning jazz improvisation.   By his website, there are 133 books in […]
  • The Pros Are Just Masters Of The Fundamentals

    The Pros Are Just Masters Of The Fundamentals

    There is a bit of a step between bad and good. Learning the basics of something makes you better.  The difference between good and great is perhaps a little harder to reach. It takes work. What you might not realize, though, is that there is a real "thing" about how people who are good at […]
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