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     One of the most important tools I need to sharpen are my ears! It sounds weird but alongside technique on the Sax, equally important are your listening skills. Taking down other peoples solos is a very good way of making yourself sharpen your use of listening. It's also very good for your technique because it's forcing you fingers into sequences that you may not try within your own soloing. The above is a solo by Bob Reynolds. It's not that the solo is incredilbly hard or harmonically reaching. The reason I took down the solo is I like the exploratory way Bob works over what are basically pop changes. His sound is superb and his phrasing is very interesting. I recorded this whilist playing my Holton Tenor Sax which is old (1950's) but has a great sound! The Holton is on the right hand side of the below picture. The difference between older horns and newer is, as you can see from the left hand Sax which is my Buffet Crampon, all the keywork is to the right hand side of the body of the Sax. Part of the reason for this is musicians felt the sound was being muffled when sat down with the sax againt your leg. With the keys facing away from you leg nothing could get in the way of the sound.

            Buffet Crampon S3 (Made in 1973)            Holton  241 (Made in 1950)

            Solid Copper                                Solid Brass

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