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Saxophone Performance, Music Education from University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Saxophonist - Har Mar Superstar
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Beginning Jazz Piano Teacher - Twin Town Guitars
Performer, Engineer, Arranger, Composer - Recording Artist
Saxophonist/Arranger - Bon iver
After School Beginning Band Instructor - Waite Park Elementary school
This course will introduce you to the different musical genres like classical, jazz, and contemporary and the importance of the Saxophone in these styles. You will learn the different techniques of recording, song-writing in this course. All of this will be taught with an emphasis on Saxophone! Some examples of the material these lessons would cover include: Classical solos, standard study rep - Ferling, Londeix, Lacour, Tone production and sound, Reed maintenance and care, Jazz theory and history, ex-Real Book, Omnibook, Solo Transcription and Analysis, Improvisation on various saxophone numbers, Solo and Ensemble Prep and Audition Techniques - all covered in a series of 60 minute classes. Your instructor for the course Nelson Devereaux will establish a path once you meet for the first time and the course and its material will be ever-evolving to fit your needs. If you have an inkling or you have a strong liking towards the musical genre jazz or classical music and have been contemplating learning to play the saxophone for yourself, taking ipassio’s online saxophone classes is the best way forward. You will also pick up small nitpicks around the musical instrument - like how to assemble it, the different breathing techniques that will help you play better, slurring and tonguing techniques and so on. Taking private lessons in person is not only a costly affair but you also need to be able to spare time out of your schedule. On the other hand, taking online saxophone lessons gives you the flexibility of learning as per your convenience and also at a fraction of the cost.
The musical instrument saxophone is one of the most versatile and vocal sounding musical instruments that can fit into any genre. Even though it may not be the easiest instrument to handle but with enough practice and a passion to learn, it may not be that difficult after all. If you have an inkling or you have a strong liking towards the musical genre jazz or classical music and have been contemplating learning to play the saxophone for yourself, taking ipassio’s online saxophone classes is the best way forward. Taking private lessons in person is not only a costly affair but you also need to be able to spare time out of your schedule. On the other hand, taking online saxophone lessons gives you the flexibility of learning as per your convenience and also at a fraction of the cost.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. It also gives teachers the opportunity to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
The ipassio mentor and instructor for the ‘Online Saxophone Lessons’ - Nelson Devereaux - is a recording artist, composer, teacher, arranger, and woodwind player currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA).
Milwaukee native Nelson Devereaux started playing alto saxophone at the age of 8, studying under Milwaukee saxophonist Berkeley Fudge at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. When he was 18, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and studied the musical instrument under American saxophonist Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota.
Upon finishing his degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance, he began touring with Har Mar Superstar and recording, arranging, and touring with the indie-rock band Bon Iver. He has since played some of the biggest venues and music festivals in the world: Coachella (’17-’18), The Hollywood Bowl, Primavera Barcelona (’15,’16), Hammerstein Ballroom, Copley Symphony Hall, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and more.
In 2019, Nelson joined and toured the US and Europe with Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and the Uptown Controllers, playing Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, and Flute and supporting vocals. An avid recording artist, he has since completed recording work with bands such as Polica, Lizzo, The Mild High Club, Culture Abuse, Suko Pyramid, Max Devereaux, Klassik, and many more! His latest releases, “BAD WATER” and “2” (with CATSAX) are available on Bandcamp and on other streaming platforms.
Watch an original solo performance!
Watch Nelson with Bon Iver!
Watch Nelson with Har Mar Superstar!
Watch Nelson with Craig Finn!
For this course, you will be needing: a Saxophone of your choosing, Reeds, a mouthpiece, as well as a ligature, Korg TM-50 or above metronome and a notebook (could be a manuscript or otherwise).