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 1 
 on: October 14, 2018, 09:37:55 PM 
Started by Tony Edge - Last post by Tony Edge
I have over 500 popular songs arranged for tenor saxophone that are easy to play with note heads so you don’t have to learn to read music.
If you have an Apple Ipad.  Sibelius Scorch Plugin costs Just £1.99 from Apple appstore
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/avid-scorch/id436394592?mt=8

For more information visit the developers website

https://www.avid.com/products/avid-scorch

The player is amazing you play along with score at any speed you can transpose to a different key and mute the backing tracks.
The standalone Avid Sibelius is very expensive but the Plugin uses part of the Sibelius engine. So the audio quality is superb and a bargain plugin at £1.99
You only have to get a friend or bandmaster that has Avid Sibelius and convert a midi file to a *.sib

I can send you some samples if you wish in PDF or *.sib.

There is another scorch program for a PC but is quite different although free
It is very basic and fussy about browsers.


Adding Sibelius Files to Avid Scorch on iPad
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SEqTJASKR6U" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SEqTJASKR6U</a>


Arts Centre Melbourne's iPad Choir presents a new way to participate in Choral Singing.
Singers are sourced from community choir across Victoria,
and digital sheet music scores delivered to participant's iPads via the Avid Scorch app


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ORMibtGOrB4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ORMibtGOrB4</a>


 2 
 on: October 13, 2018, 08:17:51 PM 
Started by Yorkie1865 - Last post by Tony Edge
Hello Yorkie

Thank you for visiting the forum.  What a wonderful wife buying a saxophone for your birthday.
Age is no barrier with learning saxophone it just needs lots of practice.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get the sound you would like. This will improve in no time.
My first tip would be to see if you get a few lessons for getting the basics.

YouTube is fantastic for tutorials on getting started and even advanced techniques.

I love the tenor saxophone. It’s so expressive and the sound is so dynamic and not that difficult to play the fingering looks strange at first but it’s quite easy.
As years go bye you will continue to improve.
With the help of computers being unable to read music is no hindrance.


I have over 500 popular songs that are easy to play with note heads so you don’t have to learn to read music.
If you have an Apple Ipad.  Sibelius Scorch Plugin costs Just £1.99 from Apple appstore
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/avid-scorch/id436394592?mt=8

For more information visit the developers website


https://www.avid.com/products/avid-scorch

The player is amazing you play along with score at any speed you can transpose to a different key and mute the backing tracks.
The standalone Avid Sibelius is very expensive but the Plugin uses part of the Sibelius engine. So the audio quality is superb and a bargain plugin at £1.99
You only have to get a friend or bandmaster that has Avid Sibelius and convert a midi file to a *.sib

I can send you some samples if you wish in PDF or *.sib.

There is another scorch program for a PC but is quite different although free
It is very basic and fussy about browsers.

I started playing saxophone aged over 65. After a few months I could play some carols for Christmas.

Keep us posted on how you are getting on.

What songs or music would you like to play?

Regards Tony

 3 
 on: September 30, 2018, 01:11:48 PM 
Started by Yorkie1865 - Last post by Yorkie1865
Hello,
My name is yorkie I'm nearly 50 and have wanted to play sax since I was a young man. My wife has bought me a second hand tenor sax for my birthday so I have no excuses I have also no idea how to play or read music so this is going to be a adventure. I have watched you tube videos on beginners Sax and shall give you all regular updates all the best Yorks

 4 
 on: April 23, 2018, 04:21:22 PM 
Started by John Morton - Last post by John Morton
Hi I'm new to this forum. I was a pro trombonist for 50 years until my lip stopped responding the way I like in to. I've been on tenor sax for 6 months now and find I can control the sound OK despite the difficulties on trombone. As a matter of interest (I hope) I opted not to fold my lower lip over my teeth and I'm busy building up that lower lip, especially.

I compiled a 59 page set of scales and exercises for trombone which was very well received here and in the USA so I've rewritten this in treble clef and I'm offering to send a PDF free of charge to anyone who would give me an email address.

Anyway, that's it for now, cheers JM.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPUUlL2AnudxBQyUETfSfpg

P.S. I'm ready to sit in with bands now in the West Midlands area.

 5 
 on: December 14, 2017, 07:43:45 AM 
Started by Londonliving - Last post by Londonliving

Saxophone Residential Course Listings for 2018



www.flutesenvacances.co.uk/wp/saxophone-courses/


February 15th - 18th  The Cotswolds    Intermediate to Advanced Players
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March 14th - 18th   Venice - The Lido, Italy   1 place left  Workshop sessions and Ensembles - Partners welcome
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May 3rd - 10th   Taroudant, Morocco   Workshop and Ensemble Sessions with 1 : 1 help. Partners welcome
June 11th - 15th Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire Dales    All levels Ensemble and Workshop sessions
July 20th - 23rd   Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk
July 23rd - 26th  Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk   
July 26th - August 1st  International Students Summer Music Camp
August 1st - 5th  Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk   Intermediate to Advanced Workshops and Ensembles
August 5th - 9th  Earls Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk    Bespoke 1 : 1
August 18th - 25th  Hastingleigh, Kent   Beginners and Lower Grades for a Clinic style workshop to check up on the essential elements.
September 19th - 27th  Girona, Spain  Bespoke 1 : 1   Partners welcome    2 x 4 night courses.
October  6th - 13th  Sittingbourne, Kent.  Bespoke 1 : 1
November 2nd - 5th  Hope, Derbyshire   Coached Ensembles and Workshops SATB
November 9th - 12th  The Cotswolds   
November 12th - 16th The Cotswolds

Saxophone workshop courses or 1 : 1 course (SATB) for all levels of player who are interested in improving their playing. Some reading ability required. Please note that hese are not improvisation courses. We aim to help you check that all the fundamental elements of your playing are correct so that you can then progress confidently and competently in the style of your choice.

Improve your playing in just 3 days with either small group workshop sessions which cover tips, techniques, finger patterns, notation, rhythm etc and coached ensembles or 1:1 bespoke sessions which are designed to cater for your exact individual needs. Please contact us to check suitability.

The ensemble coaching workshops are either :-

Intermediate Levels or Intermediate to Advanced Levels

We suggest that Beginners or Near Beginners begin with a Bespoke 1 : 1 course

Small numbers to maintain level of tuition.

Single or twin shared rooms. Many ensuite. Partners welcome.
£50 "New Face" discount - please email when you fill in the booking form so that we can reduce your fee.

Stunning venues.
Delicious home cooking and small, friendly and welcoming environment.


www.flutesenvacances.co.uk/wp/saxophone-courses/

julie.flute@icloud.com

mobile Julie or Nick 07922169122


 6 
 on: October 22, 2017, 10:06:40 PM 
Started by Tony Edge - Last post by Tony Edge

                    STAXOFSAX
     Friday 29th December 2017 Leicester

• Explore a fun and rewarding day of making music.
• Experience the adrenalin of playing both in a large
and small Ensemble and group improvisation.

Your instructors - Dave, an experienced musician
and Teacher andleading the improvisation session is
Nick, a Jazz musician and Educator.
• The day runs from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm.
• Open to existing Ensembles and individuals aged
11 years and above with a minimum of a year’s
playing experience.
• £30.00 per person.
• Free parking and Tea and Coffee Provided
• Venue:
Leicester South Salvation Army Hall, Ladysmith
Road, South Wigston, Leics, LE18 4UZ.
• Contact Dave for more information:
Mobile 07736471861, Email staxofsax@
gmail.com or Facebook – Staxofsax
saxophone workshops

 Have some rooting tooting fun with your Sax.

STAXOFSAX
will be running an afternoon ensemble session for those that prefer not to improvise, this was a great success at Easter.

Checkout “staxofsax dave plummer” on YouTube

 7 
 on: October 21, 2017, 10:59:52 PM 
Started by Tony Edge - Last post by Tony Edge
Add Saxophone Fingering Diagrams automatically to Avid Sibelius.  Using a free Saxophone Font.

The free Saxophone.ttf font download.    http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone.ttf
 

Open the pdf instructions guide.
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone-fingering-for-Avid-Sibelius.pdf
Download the instructions guide in Microsoft Word .doc
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone-fingering-for-Avid-Sibelius.doc
Download the Plugin Saxophone-Fingering.zip
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone-Fingering.zip

Saxophone fingering for Avid Sibelius

Using Sibelius Plugin Tin Whistle Fingering written by Bob Zawalich can add Saxophone fingering diagrams to Avid Sibelius automatically
(Tin Whistle Fingering Copyright Bob Zawalich. All rights reserved.)

Using the new version of program Version 01.16.00 allows mapping of four octaves.

Without any modifications to the program file TinWhistleFingering.plg can produce fingering diagrams for the Saxophone.
Using a new Saxophone.ttf font file

This font and information can be downloaded free of charge for both
personal and commercial use similar to the Creative Commons Licence.
Distribution for a fee is not allowed.
Download the zip file from
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone-Fingering.zip

From Tony Edge  http://learnsax.co.uk
Forum  http://learnsax.co.uk/talk


Installation with Windows 7 32 bit with Sibelius 7.5

Install the tinwhistle plugin from Sibelius 7.5
Copy the        Saxophone.ttf  to
C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Avid\Sibelius 7.5\Plugins
Select the category where your Tin Whistle Fingering program is to be installed.
Click on the new true type font Saxophone.ttf  and install.
Follow the instructions in (Part B)



Installation.  with Windows 7 32bit .    Sibelius 6.
Unzip the Saxophone-Fingering.zip  file.
To create a new plugin folder Saxophone-Fingering
Click on the new true type font Saxophone.ttf  and install.
The new font will work with Windows applications.

In Windows 7 32 bit.
Copy the new Saxophone-Fingering folder to your plugins folder
Depending on your installation a typical installation would be
(Windows 7 32bit Sibelius 6)
C:\Program Files\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 6\Plugins\Saxophone-Fingering


Sibelius needs to locate the new font.

(Part B)
  Open Avid Sibelius
In FILE, PREFERENCES, FONT EQIVALENTS.
In the right hand panel add Saxophone.ttf 
ADD SUBSTITUTE
Then in the left hand panel add Saxophone.ttf 
Then click on OK. Close down Sibelius and then restart to take effect.

Highlight your Saxophone staff  CTRL ALT A.
Click on Saxophone-Fingering and map font to pitches using the new font file Saxophone
Map the lowest pitch Bb3
Enter the new map A to h

 

 


 







Adding the new fingering diagrams.
Select the Saxophone Staff with the shortcut CTRL ALT A
The whole staff is now highlighted if you see some notes in green they are in a different voice they will not produce the new font diagram.
A plugin will fix this problem  Merge to voice 1 (Siblelius 7.5 located in Notes & Rests) The plugin requires Sibelius 6.2 or above.


Contents of the font Saxophone the Alphabet typed in Microsoft Office using font Saxophone produce the following Saxophone fingering characters. The font size can be adjusted.

 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefgh
 abcdefgh


 
To produce your own fonts and add your own alternative fingering and Altissimo diagrams.
One solution is to use a free online Fingering Diagram Builder by Bret Pimentel, woodwinds
The link
https://fingering.bretpimentel.com/#!/Saxophone
The output file is.png (Portable Network Graphic) and is a bit map file.

Font files use vector graphics. Fortunately FontCreator Professional 6 by high-logic.com can import bitmap files including .png files created with Fingering Diagram Builder.
Copying files to Sibelius Program files may be stopped due to permission protection.
A free program TakeOwnership makes the changes in seconds.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/zo6s07u5xby05ld/TakeOwnership.zip#!




Tin Whistle Fingering
Copyright Bob Zawalich 2008. All rights reserved.
Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.


Version 01.16.00
Added 19 Oct 2010 (last updated 24 Jul 2015)
For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x
Tin Whistle Fingering adds fingering diagrams, which are characters in a special font mapped to specific pitches, under each selected note.
The font Tin Whistle Tab was designed and donated by Blayne Chastain for this plugin, and can be freely distributed.
The zip file contains the plugin, the font, and 2 PDF documents describing the plugin and the font.
Updated 29 October 2010. Now skip notes that are tied to and adds an option to use a fingering only the first time a note appears in the selection.
Updated 23 April 2015. Added more pitch range (4 octaves) and a button to reset the D whistle setting if used for another instrument.
Updated 30 April 2015 to add in a missing default preference value to restore.
Updated 24 July 2015 to add another PDF file explaining how to use the plugin with different fonts
•   Download TinWhistleFingering.zip   from Avid Sibelius


 Adding fingering to notes with the Tin Whistle Fingering plugin in Sibelius
Bob Zawalich July 23, 2015
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tin Whistle Tab font is free of charge for both personal and commercial use. Distribution for a fee is not allowed. Please credit Blayne Chastain in any publication in which this font appears with the
following copyright notice: "Tin Whistle Tab font © Blayne Chastain / www.blaynechastain.com"
Copyright © 2010 Blayne Chastain / www.blaynechastain.com





 8 
 on: October 10, 2017, 10:16:17 PM 
Started by Tony Edge - Last post by Tony Edge
Clarinet fingering for Avid Sibelius

Using Sibelius Plugin Tin Whistle Fingering written by Bob Zawalich
Tin Whistle Fingering
Copyright Bob Zawalich. All rights reserved.

The clarinet (E3 to F6) has a wider range of notes  than the Tin Whistle.
Using the new version of TinWhistle plugin  Version 01.16.00 written by Bob Zawalich allows mapping of four octaves.

Without any modifications to the program file TinWhistleFingering.plg can produce fingering diagrams for the Bb Clarinet.
Using a new clarinetBb.ttf font file
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/clarinetBb.ttf

The free Saxophone.ttf font download can be downloaded from http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Saxophone.ttf


This font and and information can be downloaded free of charge for both
personal and commercial use similar to the Creative Commons Licence. Distribution for a fee is not allowed.
Download the zip file from
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Clarinet-Fingering.zip
Open the full pdf instructions
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Clarinet%20fingering%20for%20Avid%20Sibelius%20and%20install%20instructions.pdf
Download the full instructions as .doc
http://learnsax.co.uk/docs/Clarinet%20fingering%20for%20Avid%20Sibelius%20and%20install%20instructions.doc

From Tony Edge  http://learnsax.co.uk
Forum  http://learnsax.co.uk/talk


Installation with Windows 7 32 bit with Sibelius 7.5
Install the tinwhistle plugin from Sibelius 7.5
Copy the        clarinetBb.ttf to
C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Avid\Sibelius 7.5\Plugins
Select the category where your Tin Whistle Fingering program is installed.
Click on the new true type font clarinetBb.ttf  and install.
Follow the instructions in (PartA)



Installation.  with Windows 7 32bit .    Sibelius 6.
Unzip the Clarinet-Fingering.zip  file.
To create a new plugin folder Clarinet-Fingering
The contents contain the following files and a folder of  the source PNG-Glyphs
        Adding fingering to notes with the Tin Whistle Fingering plugin in Sibelius.pdf
        Clarinet fingering for Avid Sibelius and install instructions.doc
        Clarinet fingering for Avid Sibelius and install instructions.pdf
        clarinetBb.ttf
        folder PNG-Glyphs
        TinWhistleFingering.plg
        TinWhistleTab.pdf
        TinWhistleTab.ttf
         Using the Tin Whistle Fingering Plugin.pdf

Click on the new true type font clarinetBb.ttf  and install.
The new font will work with Windows applications.

In Windows 7 32 bit.
Copy the new Clarinet-Fingering folder to your plugins folder
Depending on your installation a typical installation would be
(Windows 7 32bit Sibelius 6)
C:\Program Files\Sibelius Software\Sibelius 6\Plugins\Clarinet-Fingering


Sibelius needs to locate the new font.

(PartA)   Open Avid Sibelius
In FILE, PREFERENCES, FONT EQIVALENTS.
In the right hand panel add clarinetBb
ADD SUBSTITUTE
Then in the left hand panel add clarinetBb
Then click on OK. Close down Sibelius and then restart to take effect.

Highlight your clarinet staff  CTRL ALT A.
Click on Clarinet-Fingering and map font to pitches using the new font file clarinetBb
Map the lowest pitch E3
Enter the new map A to l  (lower case L)

 


 



 
Adding the new fingering diagrams.
Select the Clarinet Staff with the shortcut CTRL ALT A
The whole staff is now highlighted if you see some notes in green they are in a different voice they will not produce the new font diagram.
A plugin will fix this problem  Merge to voice 1 (Siblelius 7.5 located in Notes & Rests) The plugin requires Sibelius 6.2 and above.


Contents of the font clarinetBb the Alphabet typed in Microsoft Office using font clarinetBb produce the clarinet fingering characters. The font size can be adjusted. (See the pdf documentation).

 A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  I  j  k  l

A demonstration of the display on YouTube "Stranger on the Shore. By Aker Bilk" with notation and Clarinet finger position's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCA8mmiMwOE

                               <a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/LCA8mmiMwOE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/LCA8mmiMwOE</a>


To produce your own fonts, one solution is to use a free online
Fingering Diagram Builder
by Bret Pimentel, woodwinds
link
https://fingering.bretpimentel.com/#!/clarinet
The output file is.png (Portable Network Graphic) and is a bit map file.

Font files use vector graphics. Fortunately FontCreator Professional 6 by high-logic.com can import bitmap files including .png files created with Fingering Diagram Builder.
Copying files to Sibelius Program files may be stopped due to permission protection.
A free program TakeOwnership makes the changes in seconds.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/zo6s07u5xby05ld/TakeOwnership.zip#!




Tin Whistle Fingering
Copyright Bob Zawalich 2008. All rights reserved.
Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.


Version 01.16.00
Added 19 Oct 2010 (last updated 24 Jul 2015)
For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x
Tin Whistle Fingering adds fingering diagrams, which are characters in a special font mapped to specific pitches, under each selected note.
The font Tin Whistle Tab was designed and donated by Blayne Chastain for this plugin, and can be freely distributed.
The zip file contains the plugin, the font, and 2 PDF documents describing the plugin and the font.
Updated 29 October 2010. Now skip notes that are tied to and adds an option to use a fingering only the first time a note appears in the selection.
Updated 23 April 2015. Added more pitch range (4 octaves) and a button to reset the D whistle setting if used for another instrument.
Updated 30 April 2015 to add in a missing default preference value to restore.
Updated 24 July 2015 to add another PDF file explaining how to use the plugin with different fonts
•   Download TinWhistleFingering.zip   from Avid Sibelius


 Adding fingering to notes with the Tin Whistle Fingering plugin in Sibelius
Bob Zawalich July 23, 2015
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tin Whistle Tab font is free of charge for both personal and commercial use. Distribution for a fee is not allowed. Please credit Blayne Chastain in any publication in which this font appears with the
following copyright notice: "Tin Whistle Tab font © Blayne Chastain / www.blaynechastain.com"
Copyright © 2010 Blayne Chastain / www.blaynechastain.com

 9 
 on: March 07, 2017, 11:08:59 PM 
Started by Tony Edge - Last post by Tony Edge
Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a free music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised.

Over the years the program has evolved and many new features have been added to the program.
Professor Bob Keller explains with a tutorial on YouTube.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfk8vR2vsb4

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Xfk8vR2vsb4" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Xfk8vR2vsb4</a>


Free Open-Source Software from
Harvey Mudd College
Computer Science Department
https://www.cs.hmc.edu/~keller/jazz/improvisor

 10 
 on: January 13, 2017, 11:24:51 AM 
Started by Londonliving - Last post by Londonliving
24 hour "quick fix"  1:1 course with Nick Foster in the Cotswolds.
Barsnley, Gloucestershire (near Cirencester)
February 21st - 22nd 2018 from 5pm - 5pm
Full board and ensuite accommodation.


Individual tuition and time to consolidate.
Suits those who would like to improve their basic saxophone playing in a very short space of time. Please note that thsi is for solid advice, basic playing techniques and repertoire help and not for improvisation.

  SATB - all welcome.

http://flutesenvacances.co.uk/wp/saxophone-courses/

zamzammusic@gmail.com

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