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MEMBER NEWS & UPDATES

This page is your one stop resource for all: member news, recent updates, and coming soon announcements.

The Sax School currently has over 250 lessons available for our members ranging from Beginner through Early Advanced.  We will continue to update the Sax School with new content on a regular basis as we work on new specialty courses.

 Please let us know if you have any requests for new courses. Thank you for choosing the Sax School to help guide you along your saxophone journey! 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns: sax@scottpaddocksaxschool.com

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NEWS

NEW COURSE: The Bebop Chop Shop! This course is laser-focused on getting your fingers moving faster and cleaner while playing in a bebop jazz style. In this course, we will be playing technique exercises written over the chord changes to popular jazz standards. The exercises in this course are SUPER FUN to play and will get your ears/fingers used to chromaticism, voice leading, and weaving through chord changes. I will be uploading 1 new Bebop Chop Shop exercise per month.

The Pentatonic Licks & Patterns is finished! This course is laser focused on getting the sound of the pentatonic scale in your ears and under your fingers. Using a step by step process, I break down everything you need to know to add this familiar sound to your arsenal of scales, licks, and patterns.

• The Early Advanced Pathway is finished! This course is the perfect guide for taking your playing to the next level through learning advanced techniques and developing more style, dexterity and chops on your sax.

• The Funk Improv course is finished! Add 10 songs to your repertoire while learning tons of techniques & concepts specific to the funk genre.

• The Ultimate Altissimo course is finished! This course is the ultimate guide for learning the upper range of your saxophone. Available for alto & tenor.

• The Intermediate: part 2 Pathway is now completely finished! After several months of hard work, I am happy to offer the most comprehensive guide to learning jazz style & basic improv available online to the members of the SPSS.

• Signing into the Sax School should be a super easy process. If you have had to change your password several times, or you need to enter your password each time you start a new session at the Sax School, check out this video where I show you how to fix any password/login in problems that you might be having. VIDEO LINK 

RECENT UPDATES

REGULAR UPDATES: This is the list of the most recently added lessons to the Sax School. I am currently building out the Bebop Chop Shop for alto & tenor. There will be new lessons released every month.

Days Of Wine And Roses for tenor. Bebop Chop Shop

Days Of Wine And Roses for alto. Bebop Chop Shop

On Green Dolphin Stree for tenor. Bebop Chop Shop

On Green Dolphin Street for alto. Bebop Chop Shop

Rhythm Changes for tenor. Bebop Chop Shop

Rhythm Changes for alto. Bebop Chop Shop

Bebop Chop Shop Intro for alto & tenor. Bebop Chop Shop

Bebop Chop Shop new course for alto & tenor!

Next Steps for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #10 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #9 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #8 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #7 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #6 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

• Minor Pentatonic Scale Introduction for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #5 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #4 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #3 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #2 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

Licks & Patterns #1 for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

• Major Pentatonic Scale Introduction for alto & tenor. Pentatonic Licks & Patterns

• There Will Never Be Another You for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

• Isn’t She Lovely – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

All The Things You Are – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Take 5 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

On Green Dolphin Street – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chromaticism / b2nd – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chromaticism / b6th – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chromaticism / b3rd – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chromaticism / 7th – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chromaticism / Tritone – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Improv Introduction – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Omnibook Next Steps – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Thriving From A Riff (part 2) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Thriving From A Riff (part 1) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Yardbird Suite (part 2) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Yardbird Suite (part 1) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Perhaps (part 1) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Perhaps (part 2) – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Charlie Parker Omnibook Introduction – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chop Shop #13 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chop Shop #11 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chop Shop #14 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chop Shop #12 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Chop Shop #10 – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Ultimate Altissimo – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Interval Trills – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Stutter Step Articulation – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Functional Overtones – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

The Thwap Articulation – for alto. Early Advanced

The Muted A – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Alternate Fingerings – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced

Bebop Scales – for alto. Early Advanced

Bebop Scales – for tenor. Early Advanced

Harmonic Minor Scales – for alto. Early Advanced

Harmonic Minor Scales – for tenor. Early Advanced

About This Course – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced.

• Practice Routine – for alto & tenor. Early Advanced.

• Cantaloupe Island  for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Cantaloupe Island  for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• The Chicken – Improv for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• The Chicken – Melody for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Cold Duck Time – Improv for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Cold Duck Time – Improv for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Cold Duck Time – Melody for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Pick Up The Pieces – Improv for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Mister Magic – Improv for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Mister Magic – Improv for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Pick Up The Pieces – Melody for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Pick Up The Pieces – Melody for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Mister Magic – Melody for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Mister Magic – Melody for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Pass The Peas – Improv for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Pass The Peas – Improv for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Pass The Peas – Melody for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Pass The Peas – Melody for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Improv for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Improv for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Melody for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Melody for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Chameleon – Improv for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Chameleon – Melody for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Chameleon – Improv for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Chameleon – Melody for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Cissy Strut for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Cissy Strut for alto sax. Funk Improv

• Funk Improv 101 for tenor sax. Funk Improv

• Funk Improv 101 for alto sax. Funk Improv

7/31 – Funk Improv Intro for alto & tenor sax. Funk Improv

7/25 – Altissimo Exercises for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/20 – Altissimo D for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/19 – Altissimo C & C# for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/18 – Altissimo Bb & B for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/15 – Altissimo G# for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/13 – First Note for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/13 – Second Note for tenor sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – First Note for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – Second Note for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – Altissimo G# for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – Altissimo Bb & B for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 -Altissimo C & C# for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – Altissimo D for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

7/4 – Altissimo Exercises for alto sax. Ultimate Altissimo

6/29 – Baker Street for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

6/17 – Baker Street for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

6/7 – Improv Wrap Up for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

6/7 – Autumn Leaves #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

6/7 – Autumn Leaves #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

6/6 – Autumn Leaves #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

6/1 – Autumn Leaves #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/30 – Summertime #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/29 – Summertime #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/26 – Summertime #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/25 – Summertime #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/19 – Song For My Father #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/18 – Song For My Father #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/10 – Song For My Father #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

5/9 – Song For My Father #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/30 – Jazz Style Etude #6 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/30 – Jazz Style Etude #6 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/29 – Jazz Style Etude #5 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/26 – Jazz Style Etude #5 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/26 – Jazz Style Etude #4 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/25 – Jazz Style Etude #4 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

4/21 – Tenor Madness for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/20 – Tenor Madness for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/15 – 251 Exercise for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/14 – 251 Exercise for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/8 – Take The A Train #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/5 – Take The A Train #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

4/3 – Take The A Train #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

3/31 – Take The A Train #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

3/23 – Cantaloupe Island #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

3/21 – Cantaloupe Island #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/26 – Cantaloupe Island #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/26 – Cantaloupe Island #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/20 – Little Sunflower #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/14 – Little Sunflower #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/8 – Little Sunflower #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

2/2 – Little Sunflower #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Improvisation

1/25 – Jazz Style Etude #3 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

1/11 – Jazz Style Etude #3 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

1/6 – Jazz Style Etude #2 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

1/3 – Jazz Style Etude #2 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

12/31 – Jazz Style Etude #1 for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

12/28 – Jazz Style Etude #1 for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

12/28 – Jazz Style Introduction for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Jazz Style

12/24 – The Pink Panther tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

12/21 – The Pink Panther tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

12/12 – Careless Whisper tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

12/12 – Careless Whisper tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

12/8 – Subtones tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/7 – Growling tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/5 – Chop Shop #8 tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Chop Shop

12/5 – Chop Shop #9 tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Chop Shop

12/4 – Super Scoops tutorial for alto/tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/3 – Overtones #3 tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/2 – Overtones #2 tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/2 – Overtones #1 tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/1 – Overtones #3 tutorial for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

12/1 – Overtones #2 tutorial for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

11/30 – Overtones #1 tutorial for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Basics

11/29 – Natural Minor Scale tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Scales

11/27 – Natural Minor Scale tutorial for alto sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Scales

11/23 – 2 5 1 Scale tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Scales

11/21 – Chop Shop #7 tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Chop Shop

11/21 – Chop Shop #6 tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Chop Shop

11/21 – Chop Shop #5 tutorial for alto & tenor sax. Intermediate: part 2 / Chop Shop

11/18 – Norwegian Wood tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

11/17 – Norwegian Wood tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

11/14 – Isn’t She Lovely tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

11/12 – Isn’t She Lovely tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

11/10 – Impressions tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part 1 / Improv Set List

11/5 – Impressions tutorial for alto sax. Intermediate: part 1 / Improv Set List

10/27 – The Godfather tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

10/21 – The Godfather tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

10/20 – Tequila tutorial for tenor sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

10/15 – Tequila tutorial for alto sax. Early Intermediate / Songs

10/14 – Watermelon Man tutorial for tenor sax. Intermediate: part  1 / Improv Set List

COMING SOON

I am currently building out the Bebop Chop Shop course. New lessons will be released monthly.

FAQ

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. Please check here before submitting a question. 

How often will the SPSS be updated?

On a regular basis! I have finished the main Pathway Courses and will continue to add more Specialty Courses.

How do I edit my account?

The Member Dashboard is where you can edit any of your user information.

EDIT ACCOUNT – this is where you can change your name, address, email, or password.

ORDER HISTORY – this is where you can change your credit card info. Click the black box that says VIEW.

Where should I start?

We suggest everyone start with the Early Intermediate pathway. Even if that material is easy for you, it will fill in any holes that you have in your sax playing/ technique and help give you a solid foundation. In the later pathways, it is assumed that you have already mastered the material in the previous pathways. 

Can I suggest new material?

Yes! Please, let me know what specialty courses you would like to see. Just send me an email. 

What gear should I use?

When it comes to sax gear, it is a very personal decision, there is no one size fits all. However, your gear should be level appropriate. Here are some mouthpiece and reed recommendations.

Beginner – Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, Legere Signature 2.0 reed

Intermediate – Meyer 5m (hard rubber) mouthpiece, Legere Signature 2.25 or 2.5 reed. BG France Silver Duo ligature.

I'm having problems with video playback!

Unfortunately, most of the time, problems with video playback result from slow internet connection speeds, and there is nothing we can do about that. All of our videos are hosted on Vimeo and are checked regularly. Anytime someone contacts us with a problem, we check the video on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. In the rare case that there is an issue, we will post it on the NEWS page or send out an email. If you want to narrow down your issue, try signing into the Sax School with your phone using wifi and no wifi. If it works without wifi, it is most likely a wifi speed problem. All of the videos give you the option to set the playback quality from 240p up to 1080p. AUTO is the default setting. Feel free to contact us with any problems that you have, but we cannot fix playback problems that are the result of wifi connection speeds.  

How do I change my credit card?

To change your credit card, go to your Member Dashboard and choose ORDER HISTORY.  When that pops up, chose the black square VIEW.  That will take you to the page where you can change your payment method.  The gray square is on the right-hand side and says UPDATE PAYMENT METHOD.