About me, and about "TameTheSax."

First, about me...

I've always been naturally musical. I picked up a clarinet when I was ten and was playing in the community band after two weeks. When I was in my teenage years, I picked up the saxophone. And the guys I played with called me David Sanborn. I didn't even know who David Sanborn was. I wish I did. And I wish I knew back then how much fun it would be to do what I thought as a kid I wanted to do - to play in the studio for the background music you hear on TV.

I don't claim to be the best player in the world. But I do play. People who hear me think I do alright. Since it makes sense that if someone is going to teach you, you have to have confidence in their knowledge of the subject material, here are a couple clips to let you know that I do play:

If you want to clip to the "sax" part of this first video, you can bounce to 1:50 and then again about 3:04. (But you might also want to do yourself a favour and not skip the song. Jay Thomson is the lead singer and a prolific writer. He is one of the most profound lyricists I've known.) I do a solo around 3:10...

I also did a CD in my spare time. I did it all in a motel room through the week, recording horn parts on the weekends. If you want to, you can purchase it on iTunes or at CDBaby.com

I wish I knew back then how much work it would take to get there. I had enough natural talent to be really good. But I never applied myself. As Frank Sinatra said, "the drive is the talent."

Those guys I played with are David Sanborn now. One teaches saxophone at a university in upstate New York and the other has toured all over the world with the likes of Earl Klugh and George Benson.


So, about "Tame The Sax....."

But I'm at a place in life now where I'm not wanting to tour the world playing for audiences in the thousands anymore. Don't get me wrong. It would be nice. And there is a real adrenaline rush when you're up in front of a crowd of four or five thousand people and all eyes are on YOU. But I'm at the stage now where I'm content to do my local gigs with intimate audiences on an occasional basis. I do weddings and wine festivals and some stuff on worship teams along with the occasional studio gig. And it leaves me time to see my grandchildren.

But I love to teach. For me, it's a genuine enjoyment to be able to pass on what I know and realize that I'm helping someone who wants to learn really do that. I'm at that stage in life where I really want to help others to benefit from what I know.

So, even though I would rather be playing or teaching one-on-one than learning to code a web site, I've realized there are advantages to doing this. And I'm working on this as a resource to be able to help a greater audience with the tips and tricks I've been able to pass on to others one-to-one.

So let's see how we can get YOU to a place where you can enjoy playing your saxophone.

(Ok. If you're interested, I really can play the sax... but look around. Because I want to teach YOU to play, too.)

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