SMR Saxophone Instructor

Ezequiel | Saxophone Instructor

Experienced with teaching: 

Beginners to Advance Level

 

Teaches in:

English 

 

Course Content:
 

*At all levels, the classes will consider the musical taste and interests of the student. All of the described work will coexist with constant practical work, adapted to the level of each person.


Initial Level:

 

  • How to hold and blow: the first thing we have to incorporate is how to generate sound through our blowing. For this, we are going to introduce the concept of embouchure, which is the relationship that our mouth and throat have with the “set” that we are going to create with our mouthpiece, reed, and ligature.
     
  • Once the sound has been achieved, we will make some long notes in the most comfortable part of the register of the instrument to perceive what this sound is about more clearly.
     
  • From now on our goal will be to know the notes on the instrument. We'll start with the natural notes of the C scale because they work in a linear way on the instrument. We will see how we remove or add fingers one by one and quickly find the notes we are looking for. Then we add the remaining 5 notes to fill the full palette of notes. From there on, we will open the register upwards knowing the octave key.
     
  • Parallel to all this we will see small phrases known by the student that refer to songs that he/her knows so that he/she can begin to connect with the music.

 

Intermediate Level:
 

  • Assuming that the technical bases of the instrument are incorporated, we now have the possibility of using sheet music to work in different areas of music.
     
  • We will see technical elements such as the incorporation of major and minor scales and we will develop the use of speed in the movement of fingers. We will also begin to connect with the work of the instrument's own sound.
     
  • Ideally, we will incorporate ear training and discuss the musical language more in-depth.

 
Advanced Level:     

  

  • In this case, we will go directly to the technical deepening of the scales, triads, and tetrads.
     
  • Incorporation of greek modes, analysis of harmonic progressions.
     
  • We´ll develop improvisation resources and find your own style, ideally through jazz.
     
  • We´ll do deep work sessions about how to make the instrument sound better through exercises Such as overtones and drone practices.

About Ezequiel |

Hi I’m Ezequiel,

 

I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been a saxophone player and flutist for 15 years and have been teaching music for 12 years.


I started my musical journey with classical music, went through folk music of my country and continent, and finally developed professionally into jazz. 


After one year of studying classical flute, I joined a chamber orchestra where we played baroque and classical works. Then I was part of a popular Latin American music orchestra where I learned different rhythms from my region, while I began to train in jazz more seriously.

 

I studied with different top-level saxophone referents such as Luis Nacht, Carlos Lastra, and Ricardo Cavalli (The final two, graduates from Berklee College of Music). I also did ensemble training to develop the practice of playing together with other musicians and studied harmony and ear training.

 

Though today I mainly play and compose for Tenor Sax, I also manage and teach soprano (my first love), and alto.
Regarding my professional artistic activity, for many years I had bands that played compositions by different jazz heroes such as Thelonious Monk, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. I also played in Funk bands. 


In parallel I started composing, to build my own group as a leader. Currently, I have my quartet, with which we play my original music in different clubs and halls of Buenos Aires, the cultural heart of South America.

 

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