If you’ve never heard of the famous sax teacher, Joe Allard, you have almost certainly heard of his also-famous students - names such as David Liebman, Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, Eric Dolphy, Harvey Pittell, and so many others.
Unlike your average saxophone teacher who focuses on multiple areas, like tone, technique, exercises, etudes, written repertoire, and maybe improvisation, Joe focused on one, and only one skill...
A natural approach to saxophone sound production.
No method books. No transcriptions. Nothing else, just his simple approach to sound production, taught with a degree of depth that few teachers have ever approached.
Lessons with Joe involved diving deep into areas such as the role of the vocal cords, the best use of the bottom lip, the function of edge of the tongue, and many other topics not covered by the vast majority of sax teachers.
Judging by his students, it becomes clear that Joe’s methods produced results at a level achieved by few (if any) other saxophone instructors.
Because Joe’s teaching style was sort of like that of a wise “zen master”, there was sometimes that challenge of immediately understanding how to apply his highly-sophisticated techniques.
So decades ago, when renowned saxophone heavyweight, David Liebman originally set out to create his own sax sound method built on top of the foundation of his lessons with Joe, he actually worked alongside Joe to “translate” those complicated concepts into a step-by-step, practical course of action that sax players could immediately take into the practice room, and beyond.
Out of that effort was born the seminal instructional video, Complete Guide to Saxophone Sound Production.
Now, 30 years after the release of Complete Guide to Saxophone Sound Production, you can imagine that someone like David - a master player and teacher, always growing and never content to rest on his laurels - has advanced his teaching concept even further, based on those decades, both on the bandstand, as well as with students worldwide.
Luckily, his life's work in the realm of teaching saxophone sound ("the complete story" as Lieb describes it) has now been memorialized on video. Over the course of an intimate workshop held at NYC's Michiko Studios, along with supplemental video instruction that dives even deeper into the material from the workshop, he shares the concepts and exercises that he's seen generate the most powerful results for students looking to realize their best possible voice on the instrument.
Whether you are brand-new on the saxophone, or the most seasoned professional, this course is unique in that the lessons here are absolutely game-changing when it comes to developing what is arguably the #1 most important quality that a saxophonist needs to demonstrate.
In this incredibly-comprehensive, easy-to-follow video course (the only course you'll ever need on saxophone sound), if you take action at your own pace, (just for starters) you will:
"Dave Liebman has been at the forefront of jazz improvisation for well over 50 years and has been a mentor to myself and scores of saxophonists worldwide for decades. As a saxophonist, I know how important it is to have a good sound. It's everything!
Dave explores just about every facet of the saxophone sound with this new video. Dave is a master communicator and is able to offer his invaluable knowledge to those interested. I find the video extremely user friendly. There are things you can start doing almost immediately after the first viewing."
Miles Davis would say the he could tell how well someone played by the first few notes (in fact, he used to say he could tell by the way they took the instrument out of the case!). I highly recommend this video to anyone wanting to achieve a better sound on the saxophone. A must!!
Bill Evans - Two-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Steps Ahead, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Randy Brecker, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, among many more.
NEA Jazz Master (2011) David Liebman’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis groups, as well as tours and recordings with the likes of Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and countless others. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership and co-leadership.
In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.
His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Billy Hart and others. Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries.
Liebman’s awards, besides the NEA honor include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997).
He is currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and is a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat, Jazz Times, and JazzEd polls since 1973.
"Dave Liebman is a masterful musician and saxophonist. This video uncovers much of Dave's concept in sound production, and would be so very worthwhile to any wind player."
Bob Mintzer - Grammy winning band leader and saxophonist with the Yellowjackets, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, and countless others.
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"Before the course, I was getting tired of doing the same old long tones as part of my day to day practice routine, but without much time to think about or research switching it up. I've recently been making changes to my posture too, and the course really helped me to improve all things breathing, posture and overtone related.
I enjoyed being able to process the different lessons at my own pace, and how easy it was to come back to sections that I wanted to revisit.
I'm sure the course will continue to be more and more helpful over time - but I've already felt a difference over the short period of time that I've been using it.
I think it's a really valuable tool for a musicians across a variety of experience levels looking to expand their tone, and it was also incredibly interesting to expand my knowledge of the internal workings from a theoretical point of view too.
Emma Johnson - Professional Saxophonist, UK
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Unlike many other online courses, this isn't just one long video that you have to sift through when it comes time to take the material into the practice room.
The Ultimate Guide to Saxophone Sound Production is a comprehensive learning program, broken into bite-sized videos with progress markers for each lesson.
"David Liebman was one of my teachers upon arriving in New York City thirty-five years ago. We worked on sound together and he pointed me in a direction that I am still pursuing to this day albeit in ways that I could not have anticipated at the time.
In the years since, David and I have shared much time on the bandstand together. On tour I’ve often seen him pick up a different saxophone, mouthpiece and reed set up and within 15 or 20 minutes have it figured out and playing. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone else with that kind of flexibility.
David’s drive and intuition are equally matched by his knowledge and ability to articulate the issues of tone production in a direct, no-nonsense way that is infectious, inspiring you to get right in there and try it yourself. And so the journey begins…and keeps going…thanks Dave… "
Ellery Eskelin - Award-winning recording artist and saxophonist with Joey Baron, Jack McDuff, Michael Formanek, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias, Bobby Previte, and countless others
"This is the first time in all my playing years that the concept of sound for sax is so well constructed from all aspects. I have heard some of the things in here before, or variations of them, but this time through, they ALL stuck! Breathing makes sense, overtones make immense sense to me now, and why overtones are so important. The overtone exercises are simple and allow the user to take away an exercise to work on for months to come.
Dave, of course, is AMAZING. He has a great teaching style and I was so shocked that I was getting advice from someone of his stature!
After completing the course, I added a TON of items to my practice ”‘menu” that I use to mix things up. To me, this says it all about the course.
In the short time since I’ve begun the course, I finally know how to practice overtones. My accuracy in hitting the overtone I am going for has improved markedly as well. In addition, my sound has grown to be dramatically closer to the naturally bigger and louder sound you get from the overtone fingering."
John Eaton - Recreational saxophonist
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"The course clearly details classic exercises originating from Joe Allard. There is no 'magic bullet' here – the exercises require commitment over a period of time to gain the full benefit. However, assuming dedicated effort, the course pays tangible dividends. Three components of this course had a significant impact on my sound and projection:
Jeff Rzepiela - Saxophonist, flutist, arranger, owner of Scooby-sax.com
The goal at Infinite Musician is to put out courses that provide a lifetime’s worth of practice material. What we want to avoid is leaving you with a feeling of failure because you didn’t get through all of the material.
So I want you to forget about any sort of “finish line”, and just focus on taking one of the exercises into each practice session, even if you only have a few minutes to work on your sound.
Do that, and I can tell you, without hesitation - you’ll be getting to your ideal saxophone sound in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
Over the course of his legendary career, teaching countless master classes, multi-day workshops, college courses, and private lessons, David has seen what actually produces results in a way that almost no one else in the saxophone world has.
That’s why his books and videos on sax sound from past decades are still considered classics to this day, and his students include some of the best players in the world.
This course represents the definitive compilation of those techniques and concepts that produced the biggest gains in the shortest amount of time, for both David as well as his students.
"Not only is Lieb the quintessential saxophone warrior, but he is also an inspirational teacher and human being. I remember at the start of one of his master classes he clued us in on all the details in his teaching to look out for.
'Watch when I’m serious, when I’m funny, listen for when I’m LOUD and when I whisper. Sometimes I’m scholarly and sometimes I’m a street f&$k.. you dig. It’s ALL by design and is part of my performance as an artist.'
To his testament, he had us all on the edge of our seats for the full 3 hours. Then we left, exhausted and inspired. But he stayed and did another three hours for the next group. Then one more. Nine hours back to back. Everyone got 100% energy from him.
Lieb also has a fantastic way of making everyone feel special and part of some secret inner sanctum of coolness or something. It stems from a big heart and a highly evolved and genuine sense of empathy."
Mike Rivett - Recording artist with multiple international tours, instructor at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and first place winner of Australia's National Jazz Awards
What level saxophonist is this program designed for?
Saxophonists at any level would benefit from this course. So many of us have had to waste precious time going back and re-learning the basics due to poor habits instilled by a well-meaning band director, neighborhood sax teacher, or sub-par online video. So if you’re an absolute beginner, you’re very likely to find yourself improving in the quickest and most efficient way possible. And if you’re super-advanced, David dives so deep into the art of saxophone sound that it would be pretty unlikely that you’d dig into the materials and say to yourself, “yep, already mastered all of this.” So no matter your level, if you take action, there is no way that you are not going to see major results.
Can't I just get all of this stuff for free on Youtube?
The short answer is, no way. There are few (if any) teachers who can take you as deep into the art of sax sound like David Liebman. So any course of study that you'd assemble from Google-searching for free online videos will not come anywhere near the level of depth and accuracy that you’ll find from absorbing all of this time-tested information, laid out in a structured, step-by-step, “A-to-Z” format like what's being offered here.
I'm not really good with computers - will I be able to use this without wanting to pull my hair out?
If you're tech-savvy enough to check your email, then you're tech-savvy enough to use this program. It’s just a matter of logging into a website on any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone), and all of the videos are right there onscreen. No downloading or installing apps or any nonsense like that. And if you get stuck for any reason, just reach out and someone will help you right away!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like (that means no recurring subscription fees) - across any and all devices you own.
“As a kid I played saxophone but as my career and family grew I moved away from music. After retiring from a 40 year career, I decided to rekindle a high school romance...with the saxophone. I started taking lessons and shedding fairly diligently but knew I needed to do something about my sound. I retired to a home near the legendary Deerhead Inn where Lieb performs pretty regularly. I go frequently. I always loved Dave’s rich, fat sound so I arranged to have a lesson with him to focus on my sound. I had been using the same embouchure I was taught to use by my first sax teacher, in 1963. (You remember, bottom lip tightly wrapped over bottom teeth). Same vibrato too. So while my technique was making great strides, my tone wasn’t very satisfying.
In one 3-hour lesson, Dave transformed my playing. He revamped my embouchure (more bottom lip on the reed), pointed out areas for improvement in my breathing and gave me a set of exercises that I have incorporated into my warm up routine. My sound and control have improved dramatically.
Dave is the master at this. If you want a better sound, this course will do it for you."
Jeff Plotnick - recreational saxophonist
Perhaps you’re all-too-familiar with that feeling of sitting on the bandstand and hearing the sax player next to you belt out a sound that’s so much richer, fuller, and intense than yours.
Now, consider the fact that you could make that experience the exception, and not the rule.
Picture what it would feel like to play just one note, and see people snapping to attention as you find yourself putting forward a sound that inspires you to reach a level of playing that’s more polished, engaging, and creatively-uninhibited than anything you’ve ever experienced before.
Maybe you can hear yourself confidently piping out a ballad, with every nook and cranny of your tone exposed in a room where you can hear a pin drop between each note you play.
Or perhaps you can imagine belting out a “freight-train” of sound as you effortlessly soar over a hard-driving rhythm section.
If you take action on the lessons in the Ultimate Guide to Saxophone Sound Production, we are confident that the scenes I just described don’t have to be "pie-in-the-sky" fantasies, but rather, commonplace experiences that, in every way, enrich your experience as a saxophonist - starting right now.
So with that, David and I look forward to helping you along in your new journey to a level of playing you never thought possible.
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