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Steve Bedi Meets Teddy Osei Of Osibisa

Steve Bedi Meets Teddy Osei Of Osibisa Steve Bedi’s subtle blend of soul, swing, traditional Ghanaian and African sounds fused with his jazz style of saxophone playing is a welcome and refreshing contribution to Ghanaian music. Teddy Osei acknowledges Steve Bedi as a world class Jazz musician. Teddy gives his word to assist Steve all the way and plans to arrange for him to play at the world renowned Jazz Café in London, which has hosted a number of top Jazz musicians of the world. Steve Bedi develops genuinely exciting African Jazz rhythms which are appealing to most Europeans, and a level of play that’s comparable Steve Bedi and Teddy Osei of Osibisa Band to Jazz music legends of America. Steve Bedi is the most sort after saxophonist in the country to date and has performed and collaborated with legends like Hugh Masekela, trumpet virtuoso and music legend, Isaac Okyerema Asante, master African percussionist and Wutah, to mention a few. Steve is to release his debut music album titled ‘Syncos Jazz’ in January 2011. It will be produced by Nana Kofi Amoakohene, CEO of Scratch Studios Entertainment. Scratch Studios is a multimedia production studio for live music recording, films and events management.It is located at East Legon, Accra, adjacent the Guest Hotel, Near the American-House Roundabout. The label is in talks with the management of the jazz club, Plus 233, to host Steve Bedi, who performed alongside Osibisa on December 30 at the same venue.... Source: Daily Guide Newspaper http://stevebedimusic.org/

About Steve Bedi

With regards to his background, Steve says that his father was a military man and some of his passion for music came from military brass and drums. He recalls that from the age of six, he had a profound interest in music and by the age of 8, was playing trombone with his school band. From this age he became inspired by Louis Armstrong and after finishing secondary school he started listening to music that featured the saxophone. It was at this time that he fell in love with the instrument and became heavily influenced by Kenny Garrett, David Sanborn, Kenny G and more significantly, John Coltrane. At this time, he faced a choice as to whether he would take his education further or to pursue music full time. He chose the latter and faced pressure and opposition from friends and relatives as he was the only musician in his family. He describes his journey to the point of being able to record his debut album as a very difficult struggle and despite performing in Europe and South Africa, he has been through some very difficult times financially. Now, with the release of ‘Syncos Jazz’ and the rise of his profile as the most sought after saxophonist in Ghana.



So you want to learn how to play the Saxophone? Well, ok then, let me give you a start with some free saxophone lessons.

First thing you're going to need on your journey to learn how to play saxophone is a sax! Along with that you will also need plenty of enthusiasim, masses of commitment and tolerent neighbours!

Second thing on the learn saxophone journey. You're not going to sound like your favourite player for quite some time, if at all. Don't expect to play the "Da N`ase" theme well for quite a while yet. It just isn't going to happen.

And as for playing it like Steve Bedi, well it's just going to take time and even then you may never sound like him because you will surely find your own tone someday. Learning how to play the saxophone and how to play it well is all about patience and commitment. You really need to set time aside every day to practice, even if it's just for half an hour a day. Still enthusiastic? Still committed and got those tolerent neighbours? Still want to learn how to play the saxophone Good! Now what about the sax?

If you've already got one, great! If you haven't then you've got a choice to make. What type of saxophone do you go for? I'll stick to the four main types, Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Baritone.

Which Sax? It's generaly recommended that beginners start with an Alto or a Tenor with a preference toward Alto. I took that advice and started with an Alto Saxophone. But if you haven't got wads of cash to throw around to buy countless Tenor Saxophones or Alto Saxophones then I suggest you listen intently to the types of saxophone sound and the saxophone players you like. Find out what type of sax is being played and make your choice from there. If you can, find a specialist store who can guide you. I don't recommend going to your local music store unless they actually have someone who plays sax and that you can listen to. You will have to make a judgement call as to whether you actually believe what they are telling you. Remember, it's a shop. They are there to make money. An unscrupulous retailer may well push you toward something you don't want just because there is more profit in it for them. Happy? Then lets start learning how to put it together and then how to play the saxophone.

To start with, it is proper to first know the type of saxophone you would love to play or learn and then knowing the parts and usage of the saxophone. Would elaborate more on the Reed, Ligature and Mouthpiece hence this plays a very vital role in making sounds on the saxophone.

The Reed

Without the shaved bit of cane on the mouthpiece, a saxophone would be merely a collection of valves and brass tubing. With the reed, it becomes a soulful, vital member of any marching band or orchestra. Saxophone reeds are usually made from natural cane, thick at the bottom, thinning gradually to the slightly curved top. It fits against the instrument's mouthpiece and is secured by a metal band called a ligature. Saxophone reeds (or the reed of any woodwind instrument) compress the air column from the player's mouth and force it through the instrument in a regulated flow. The reed also makes the air column vibrate, which helps produce the instrument's sound.

Ligature The Ligature securely holds the reed to the mouthpiece table without restriction. A formed channel with two small contact points secure the reed without dampening or restricting its natural vibrations, resulting in quick response and crisp articulation. The Ligature is constructed from a lightweight brass that allows the ligature to freely interact and sympathetically resonate with the reed rather than constrict and impede its motion. http://stevebedimusic.blogspot.com/2011/10/beginners-lessons-on-saxophone-part-one.html?spref=fb