Tag Archives: saxophone

Things to Consider When Choosing a Saxophone Mouthpiece

When it comes to the saxophone (or any woodwind instrument for that matter), the mouthpiece has a huge impact on the sound and feel of the instrument. As beginners, most of us play on a Yamaha 4c (or comparable), which is a good, inexpensive and well rounded mouthpiece. As a student progresses though, it inevitably [...]

Lesson Instructor Spotlight

Vincent Penella – Saxophone & Clarinet Mr. Penella attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with woodwind master Joe Viola. He has been teaching for over 40 years, from ages 8 to adult. Previously he taught classical and jazz studies along with jazz band director and music [...]

Inside the Shop: Complete Mechanical Restoration

The terms “repad” and “overhaul” are two of the most commonly used phrases when it comes to woodwind repairs. But what do these terms really mean? What constitutes a “repad” or an “overhaul?” The truth of the matter is that these terms can mean different things depending on who is performing the service. In some [...]

Breaking in a Reed on Clarinet or Saxophone

A lot of people who play saxophone or clarinet are unaware that no two individual reeds are exactly the same: even if they are the same brand, strength, and from the same box! One question I get all the time from my students is “how do I get all my reeds to play consistently?” The [...]

David French Music Returns from the NAPBIRT University Saxophone Clinic

Our Chief Repair Technician, Roman Dubchak, recently returned from a 4 day intensive training session at the NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians)  Technical Training Center in Normal, IL. The course was sponsored by Yamaha and featured industry legend Jeff Peterson, who is widely known for his work with Yamaha and as [...]

Jeff Coffin Clinic at DFMC – Part 2

Part 2 of the Jeff Coffin Clinic video synopsis.  

Single Reed Care and Positioning for Clarinet and Saxophone

  In my many years as a professional performer and music instructor, I have come to see that the actual reed is as important to playing saxophone and clarinet as the instrument itself. The mouthpiece also plays a major role in the sound and ease of playing the instrument. There are many different types of [...]