Cul-De-Sax

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Subject: Saxophone
Last updated: 22/09/2017
Tags: jazz, saxphone, teaching

Whether you associate it with the sultry sounds of Stan Getz, the frenetic ramblings of Charlie Parker, or the troubadour's melancholic yearning in Pictures at an Exhibition, it is evident that few instruments possess the capacity for a more diverse sonic palette as the saxophone.

Like many saxophonists, my own foray into the saxophone took a similarly circuitous path. I had started piano and guitar at a young age, and when I was required to select an instrument for the school band, the choice for me was clear. I began by trying to imitate the saxophone on the radio, and Bruce Springsteen's sideman Clarence Clemons. This was followed by big and swing band playing, a few folk and rock bands, some contemporary jazz. Then a sharp turn into classical playing once I discovered contemporary classical music. For me, classical saxophone was like a gateway drug to contemporary music, the fastest and most clear way I could see to joining the ranks of musicians I had now come to admire so much.

Four years at the University of Toronto studying saxophone, composition, and virtually anything else I could get my hands on led me to London, which I had fallen in love with on a short trip a few summers ago. I was quickly overwhelmed at the limitless cultural offerings of the city, the incredible wealth of talent concentrated in one area, and my need to bridge the gap between my own abilities and a new standard of playing I was witnessing for the first time. Furthermore, the previous focus of my studies - classical saxophone (the titular "cul-de-sax") was no longer deemed to be sufficient, and I was thrust back into the world of jazz and rock (in addition to my classical playing), and honed my clarinet skills.

I began to appreciate the city outside the walls of the institution, see music as more of an important part of the human experience, rather than its own entity, divorced from the experience of "non-musos", and most importantly, the imperative for music in people's lives. It has certainly not been an easy transition, but it has undoubtedly been a most enjoyable one, and I am grateful to London for imparting on me a sense of the "bigger picture".

Music is more than one particular aspect of music making that we are currently being taught; rather, it is a means of communication, a way to transmit feelings and experiences to others.


David Zucchi Saxophone Teacher (South West London)

About The Author

I have a great deal of experience teaching a variety of styles and instruments. Whether you are new to your instrument and music in general, preparing for examinations, or just playing for fun, I will work with you to achieve your goals!




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