Still, sheet music like this was helpful for at least giving you the right notes of the melody, but as I soon discovered, the rest would be up to me.
As a singer or instrumentalist you have the opportunity to do a song any way you hear it in your head, and are limited only by your imagination and technical ability of course.
I can’t help you too much in the imagination part of this but I may be able to help with the technical side of things as far as your saxophone is concerned.
The greatest thing about playing a musical instrument is being able to express a musical idea or your own rendition of a song that other people know. This can be something subtle or it can be Jimmie Hendricks’ version of the Start Spangled Banner!
You Need a Bag of Tricks
Tricks might not be the perfect word but you need some tools and techniques to use for making musical expression stand out. So, just exactly what are some of these tricks and tools?
It’s things like:
- Falling off a note
It’s these type of things that can help you embellish or add ornamentation to an otherwise very simple piece of music
Because of the time of the season I chose to demonstrate this with the very popular White Christmas. Hopefully you’ll have a chance to pull your sax out at a family gathering this year and play it. With a little work and practice you can pull off a very nice version of this song.
What I’ve done is record a very straight “exactly as written” version and then another version using these ornaments or embellishments to show how just a few can make a big difference in making a simple piece of music more entertaining and expressive.
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