Grant Tharp

Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Saxophone, Tenor Sax

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There are a lot of things you can do with music in this life, and performing is only one of them.  I've spent 30 years as a full time player, performing every type of music you can think of.  I also write, arrange, record, and produce music for myself and other performers.  My formative years were spent under the tutelage of a master classical saxophonist.  Later I studied jazz at the University of North Texas where I learned several different approaches to playing both Jazz and Classical music from a number of excellent private teachers.  My professional experience has led me to an approach that focuses on maximizing the impact one can make in a given musical interaction, both with audience members, as well as fellow performers.  

How do you learn to produce a sound?  How do you learn how to play a melody?  Learning how to learn is the first priority.  I prefer to demonstrate rather than describe an action.  Too often, while I was growing up, my teacher would describe in great detail what I should be doing with my stomach, lungs, or mouth etc.  I find this to be a less effective approach than demonstrating, and helping the student craft their own exercise to achieve a goal.  

I received a Bachelor or Music from the University of North Texas in 1994.  Throughout the 90's and early 2000's,  I toured with several different original bands.  For the largest part of my career I worked as Musical Director and Saxophonist on various cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Cunard, P & O, and Crystal Cruises.  I have also worked in technical capacity as the Production Manager for Crystal Cruises, as well in the creation, planning and production of onboard shows.    

Beginners:  Rubank method books.

Intermediate:  Ferling - 48 etudes, H. Klose 25 daily exercises, Niehaus Jazz Conception for Saxophone

Advanced:  Rascher - Top Tones for Saxophone, Charlie Parker Omnibook in C, RealBooks in C

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