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Tempe Clinic attendees letter

Clinic Date: Saturday Nov, 13.
Tempe Nazarene Church Youth Center
3929 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282
What to Bring: Any Saxophone!
Cost: $80.00 (to benefit NAPBIRT)
Who can come?: anyone, you need not be a NAPBIRT member

Dear Clinic goers,
I am posting this letter here on my blog so that others who have not signed up yet will also have access to this information:

I am very excited about the all day NAPBIRT clinic I will be leading in Tempe, Arizona November 13th. It will be a great day of sharing ideas and techniques for all things saxophone!

If you plan on attending, here are a few things you can bring:

*A saxophone that has a problem with it you cannot solve.

*A saxophone on which you would like to check the intonation. If you play, it will be best if you bring your own horn.

*Reeds, mouthpieces, a tuner.

*Any tools you want others to see or evaluate.

The day is going to be split into two sections. In the first section, we will cover the saxophone as a machine. We will discuss how to mechanically overhaul a saxophone and the steps involved. With the benefit of a production line shop, I've gained a lot of insight into exactly what procedures need to be done and when they need to be done in relation to the entire overhaul. I plan to hand out the lists of procedures that we use in our shop.

As we only have 4 hours to cover the entire saxophone overhaul, I do not think we will have time for much hands on work, but we can certainly discuss and tools or techniques you have or are curious about.

The second section of our day is going to get into what it is to tune and tone a saxophone. I've developed some techniques for tuning, toning and regulating the saxophone that I hope will be helpful and applicable to the work you are doing. Much like you already consider the saxophone in it's sections (top stack, bottom stack, side keys, palm keys, bell keys) I've begun splitting the saxophone into areas that relate to tuning. I hope I can show you this and give you some 'tools' that you will need to approach the next major tuning problem and improve your work!

We'll have plenty of time to talk about the procedures I use for tuning and toning as well as some more 'out-there' techniques. If you have an instrument that you can bring for this, please do. If it's your own instrument, that will be best. By making adjustments to your own instrument first, you will better understand the effects of your work on the player and the necessity of tuning.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in Tempe!


PS, if you have not registered yet, please do! Remember you do not need to be a NAPBIRT member to attend.

Sign up and info about the clinic is here: