“The Spiritual Side” is my collection of posts specifically geared toward becoming a better worshipper as a wind instrument musician.
- As most people wouldn't know without me mentioning it, I'm rather charismatic in my Christian faith. I have written about how critical it is to learn to find a place in the anointing of God when you lead in worship as an instrumentalist (or vocalist, or any other). One of my (many) "favourite" preachers is Kris […]
- 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 […]
- I am not a “full-time” worship leader. I have a life and a job, and real-time responsibilities with my job that take me on the road from time to time. I recently came across an app that I loaded on my iPhone called, “iPlayOut.” It is a listing of most of the major U.S. […]
We all need to strive for technical excellence. “The Technical Side” is all about learning to play better.
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- If you've been playing sax for any length of time, you've probably tried different ligatures for your saxophone. Some of us have spent years pursuing the holy grail of "the perfect saxophone setup." And it is understandable. There are so many things that affect the sound of you and your saxophone. The sax, the mouthpiece, […]
- 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 […]
- Rehearsing your instrument slowly has its own rewards. It's pretty much any sax player's wish that he or she could pick up the sax and play like greased lightening. A good solo is always awesome. But a fast solo is like a good martial arts trick. It leaves everyone in awe and almost worshipping the musician […]
- For some of my teenage years, I was the solo clarinetist with the "International Youth Symphony," which was, at the time, an orchestra made up of members from lower southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario. As a clarinetist, I never had to worry much about how my embouchure needed to change to get different notes on […]
- Most worship teams don't understand the horn or the person who plays it. It shouldn't be surprising to anyone in the music scene that a typical worship team might not really "get" the wind instrumentalist. After all, the wind player is a bit of a different animal. The wind player thinks in notes - […]
- I wish I had $100 dollars for every time I've had the conversation: I'm playing out somewhere - at a gig at a jazz club, or playing in some Christmas production or a cantata at a church somewhere, where someone will come up to me after the event and reminisce about how they wished they […]