Tag Archives: Jazz

Do different type of barrels influence the sound?

Anonymous Coward writes “Hey,
Does a different type of barrel influence or change the sound?? The other day I saw in a site hundreds of different type of barrels and I just wanted to ask you if it really makes a difference. Thanks”

To make a long story short, yes, it does effect your sound. It depends on the player, for some a different barrel changes a lot of things, for some, it doesn’t change hardly anything. Go to a music store that has some barrels and try them.

Jazz Greats Collages

I’ve been making some collages to decorate the hallway in the store that I teach at. With OS X, it’s a piece of cake to generate PDFs of them. Well, that and Adobe’s InDesign.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 is required to view these. Enjoy!


  •   Benny Goodman Collage (121.7 KiB, 723 hits)
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  •   Eddie Daniels Collage (732.6 KiB, 497 hits)
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More to come!

Eddie Daniels Transcribed Solos

Mike Braverman was kind enough to contribute 4 Eddie Daniels Solos to Jazz-Clarinet. Thanks Mike! Great work!

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  •   As Long As I Live - Eddie Daniels Solo (46.9 KiB, 938 hits)
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  •   Let's Dance - Eddie Daniels Solo (40.9 KiB, 1,054 hits)
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  •   F Blues - Eddie Daniels Solo (32.5 KiB, 1,336 hits)
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Around The Horn Backgrounds

I just got done making some backgrounds for use with the etudes in Walt Weiskopf’s book Around the Horn.

The backgrounds were generated with Band in a Box 10 and tweaked with Digital Performer 3, and recorded using my Alesis NanoPiano and Roland Sound Canvas.Bb Backgrounds

The number after the name is the metronome marking the song was recorded at.

Update: I removed the original links from 2001 a long time ago. I have now just put up the Band in a Box files for people interested in them. Enjoy!

  Around The Horn Band in a Box Files (13.6 KiB, 47 hits)
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New Biography of Buddy DeFranco

Malcolm Harris, Parkside Publications writes “Dear Jazz Clarinet Fans:


Parkside Publications of Seattle is pleased to announce that a new Biography of jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco is now in final editing and will be published in early 2002. The book (the title is yet to be chosen) is written by French clarinetist and author Fabrice Zammarchi and his wife Sylvie, who have been interviewing Buddy at length for more than six years. The book will be approximately 280 pages, with more than 200 photos from Buddy’s extensive career.”
“A special announcement will be mailed to Buddy’s fans when the book is released, offering the book by mail at a discounted price. If you would like to receive a copy of the announcement (with no obligation), please send your name and address to:
info@parksidepublications.com or mail to:

Parkside Publications
Suite 3210
999 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104


Best Wishes,

Malcolm Harris

Parkside Publications”

Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero

I have to rave about Jim Snidero‘s great series of books, Jazz Conception. He has them out for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Trumpet and probably more. The book comes with a CD of the music being performed by a great artist on whatever instrument. On the Alto version it’s Jim Snidero himself (and he sounds GREAT), on the Tenor CD it’s Walt Weiskopf, on the Flute CD it’s Frank Weis, on the Clarinet CD it’s Ken Peplowski.

The books feature the same 21 etudes. They’ve been transposed for instruments other than Alto Saxophone. The Etudes are based on well known chord changes, like #12 IND Line is based on A-Train changes, and #13 Father Song is based on the changes to Song for my Father. The etudes introduce all the standard articulations and stylistic things one would need to know to play jazz. The first etude, Groove Blues, has scoopes and falls. The next etude introduces ghosting of notes.

My only gripe, and it’s a small one, is that there is not a separate CD for backgrounds. True, you can turn the pan over to right and you’d get just the rhythm section, by why not just include a separate CD with the backgrounds by themselves? Since I insist on students interested in jazz to get this book, I made a separate CD that has just the backgrounds so the kids can play without the soloist. You’d be surprised how many boomboxes have no left/right panning.

In all, Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception series is great. I have 4th and 5th graders able to play Groove Blues, and A-Doll. Some can play some of the others as well. I hope Jim Snidero will add to this series of books.