John Spillett

 


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SAXOPHONE STUDIO




TOPICS FOR STUDY


Fundamentals
Posture, Finger and Hand Position, Embouchure, Breathing, air flow, and tone production

Classical
Classical sound concept and style, Classical repertoire, chromatic, major and minor scales, etudes and technical exercises

Jazz
Jazz sound concept and style, Jazz repertoire, Tune-learning, Ear training, Jazz theory and background for improvisation

Jazz Improvisation
Chord/scale relationships, blues structures, modal compositions, "rhythm changes" and tunes with common chord progressions. All four-note seventh chords; modes and scales with the added half steps focusing on Ionian, Dorian, Mixalydian and Locrian mode application to chord changes, "swing" 8th-note feeling; ii-V and ii-V-I progressions; parent scales, chordal and linear styles, ear development

Audition Preparation
For College, All County and All State Honors Ensembles, and for the NYSSMA solo festival
 
Rhythm/Tempo
Metronome and CD metronome practice

Sight-Reading
Classical and jazz

Extended Techniques
Altissimo register, harmonics, multiphonics, timbre changes, tonguing effects

Reed Adjustment and maintenance



Saxophone Study Materials -
Mr. Spillett owns a wide variety of reference materials, recordings, and repertoire for use by his saxophone students


STUDENT EXPECTATIONS


Students are expected to own a quality saxophone in good repair for use in private lessons. Students are expected to purchase materials necessary for use in practice and in lessons (i. e. metronome, etude books, sight-reading books, solo literature, etc.). Students are expected to practice the lesson material a minimum of 3.5 to 5 hours per week.


RECOMMEMDED INSTRUMENTS AND ACCESSORIES


INSTRUMENT

BRAND/MODEL

CLASSICAL
MOUTHPIECE

JAZZ
MOUTHPIECE

LIGATURE

CLASSICAL
REED

JAZZ REED

SOPRANO  SAX

Pro: Selmer Mark VI
Selmer Super Action Series II or III
Intermediate:
Yamaha YSS-475

Selmer CS80
C*or C**

Meyer 5M or 6M Selmer E or F  rubber

Rovner,
Selmer
Or Francois Louis

Vandoren Traditional
#3 or 3½

Vandoren Java
Java 2½ or 3

 

ALTO
SAX

Pro: Selmer Mark VI
Selmer Super Action Series II or III
Selmer Reference 54
Intermediate:
Yamaha YAS-475

Selmer CS80
C*or C**

Meyer 5M  or  6M rubber
Claude Lakey 5*3 or 6*3

Rovner,
Selmer
Or Francois Louis

Vandoren  Traditional #3

Vandoren Java 2½ or 3

TENOR
SAX

Pro: Selmer Mark VI
Selmer Super Action Series II or III
Selmer Reference 54
Intermediate:
Yamaha YTS-475

Selmer CS80
C* C** or D

Otto Link
6* 7*
Berg Larson 110/0
Rubber/metal
Claude Lakey 6*3

Rovner,
Selmer
Or Francois Louis

Vandoren  Traditional #3

Vandoren ZZ
2½ or 3

Rico Royal 2½ or 3

BARITONE SAX

Pro: Selmer Mark VI
Selmer Super Action Series II or III
Intermediate:
Yamaha YBS-475

Selmer CS80
C* C** or D

Otto Link
6* 7*
Berg Larson 110/0
Rubber/metal

Rovner  or
Selmer

Vandoren  Traditional #3

LaVoz Medium
Vandoren  ZZ or Java 2½ or 3
Rico Royal 2½ or 3