student
resources

If there are any tools, information or support you’d like to see here, please contact me and I’ll do what I can to add it for you!

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audio recording platforms and utilities:

Bandcamp

Upload your own music here, and discover new music while directly supporting the artists who make it.

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SoundTrap

Create your own music or podcast using SoundTrap’s extensive library of samples, beats, and your own sounds. Remember, access to all of SoundTrap’s premium features is free to all of the students in my private studio. Just ask me for an invitation code.

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jazz backtracks:

Playjazznow

These jazz backtracks feature live musicians – no MIDI tracks! The JazzPlayer app on the site is a four-track music playback app that allows for full control of the mix. Backtracks can be transposed to all twelve keys and come with chord charts. Tracks are arranged by difficulty level, style, and title.

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iReal Pro

For iPhone and Android, iReal Pro is an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their craft. It simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you create and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference.

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Band-in-a-Box

Band-in-a-Box is a music accompaniment software package for Windows and macOS produced by PG Music Inc. The software allows the user to create songs by simple keyboard inputs: a musical style, a tempo and a key.

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Smooth Jazz Backing Tracks

Owned and produced by guitarist, songwriter, and producer Martin Funderburk, Smooth Jazz Backing Tracks was established in 2006 to fill the need for quality smooth jazz backtracks.

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Learn Jazz Standards

A website where musicians can find jazz backtracks as well as advice and tips that will help improve your practice sessions. Learn Jazz Standards offers instruction through videos, podcasts, blogs, and courses.

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education:

youtube channels:

Beatbox Sax

Want to see what the saxophone is really capable of? My name is Derek Brown, and I’m a freelance saxophonist in Chicago. Be sure to check out my weekly tutorial series on playing the saxophone, beatbox style.

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Better Sax

Become a Better Sax player today. Watch hours of free saxophone lessons and tutorials on the Better Sax Youtube Channel.

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lesson contracts

Please choose your preferred lesson type, complete the corresponding contract and email it directly to Neal or bring it with you to your first lesson.

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From taking lessons or hiring me for a show to collaborating on a musical project, I’m happy to talk about working together. Just reach out to get started.

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