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                Jazz Styles                

       3 differences between Jazz playing and Classical playing that will help you:


     1) In Jazz, some lower lip must cover the bottom teeth, but only about half as much as in                         Classical playing: this helps form the “sub-tone” embouchure which allows for more overall               flexibility.

    2) In Jazz, there is an asymmetrical amount of mouthpiece in your mouth: the upper teeth are                covering more of the top of the mouthpiece than the bottom teeth/lip are covering the reed

        (this is also necessary for the flexible "sub-tone" embouchure).

    3) In Jazz, the embouchure (and jaw) is more flexible than in the Classical style: in order to accent          hard enough, you may need to move your embouchure.


LISTENING and IMITATING are 2 essential parts of learning style.

I have recorded each of these jazz style studies so that you can listen to them a lot and also play along with them a lot (while wearing HEADPHONES, OF COURSE!).

Jazz Style, vol. 1                                                                                                      

alto Jazz Styles v1, Eye on the Prize
00:00 / 02:21
alto Jazz Styles v1, Track 1
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alto Jazz Styles v1, Track 2
00:00 / 00:52
alto Jazz Styles v1, Track 3
00:00 / 00:42
alto Jazz Styles v1, Track 4
00:00 / 00:42
alto Jazz Styles v1, Track 5
00:00 / 01:17

Jazz Style, vol. 2                                                                                                      

Recordings are forthcoming!!!

Jazz Style, vol. 3                                                                                                      

Recordings are forthcoming!!!

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