I believe that my next improvement goal is actually on tonguing and making less squeaky noises in my tenor saxophone. For fast songs, like Minimalist Dances, or Lord Tullamore, I found that my tonguing is a bit slow, also when I get too slow at tonguing, my saxophone starts squeaking. For my practice plan, I believe that I should practice more often. I have a saxophone at home so I should practice with it more often. I should practice at least twice a week and at most 4 times a week. Also, I’m adding a new practice routine. “Jazz Improvisation Scales and Exercises” is a book that my composition teacher gave me. Basically, inside the book, it has all the different kinds of jazz scales, such as the B flat blue scale, or F blue scale, or maybe just a jazz scale. Also, it has a somewhat chromatic scale in it. It means that depending on the scale I’ll be playing, some notes will not be played and some others will. For an example, the booklet says C, Eb, F, G#. In here, I miss some notes, maybe because it does not fit the chord whatsoever. Using this booklet, I will practice my tonguing more often, while improving my jazz improv. ability. To make fewer squeaks, I will practice in playing long tones, and shorten it each time, tightening my grip each time. Once I make a squeak, I will start over and try and not make a squeak.
During the three weeks of Concert Band, I did not feel much different compared to last year. I feel like the color of our band has changed after our seniors left last year. We have many more saxophones this year and a few other instruments. I was hoping to have at least 4 saxophones, but it turns out we have more. Because there are a lot of freshmen in this years band, I feel like our band is a little low on skill so I will try to help out the saxophone parts. I came to class prepared as always, a pencil, all music printed out, and my saxophone. Although there was a day when my saxophone broke and I had to use the schools tenor sax. I don’t find this year’s music too challenging compared to last year. Last years hardest songs were probably Spring Festival and Arabesque. This year, I feel like The Magnificent Seven and Minimalist Dance might be a bit hard to play as a whole band. Because of the different skill level that everybody has. The only music (for now) that I find hard is the AMIS audition music. Compared to APAC audition music, the skill level seems to be higher and more difficult.