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