Lots of students tend to play what they know best and avoid getting out of their comfortable zone! I always bug my students to learn something new every week and I don't mean working on new songs that tend to use the same chords - but really working on a drill, applying variations and then creating riffs with those drills.
For example, let’s pick a B minor scale and create a funk riff: (B C# D E F# G A)
When you're first getting into different styles of music on saxophone, usually a teacher suggests that you have different mouthpieces, one for classical playing, one for jazz, and another for pop, rock and similar styles. That's definitely good advice, but something teachers don't always talk about is the idea that you can make more changes to your sound by moving your ligature to different positions on your mouthpiece.
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One of my guitar students recently asked me if musical tones vary as much as the color palette does among cultures and languages. For example, all languages have words for the fundamental colors such as black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green; but vocabulary for more complex variations varies greatly. Some languages do not have words for colors like purple, pink, orange, or brown. Other languages have specific words for colors that we English-speakers would consider subtle variations. In Russian, the colors light blue and dark blue have completely distinct and unrelated words.