Saxophone Tuition: everything you always wanted to know about sax but were afraid to ask.
Interested in getting more from your saxophone? Reached a plateau or even an obstacle? Feel like you need some fresh input? Are you self-taught and need a bit of guidance? Getting into jazz improvisation but finding it difficult knowing where to start? Taking the instrument up again after a lengthy break?
Like a lot of professional musicians, I often have people come up to me after gigs asking whether I teach. The answer is yes!
Based in South Buckinghamshire, I offer saxophone tuition (alto, tenor and soprano saxes) covering technique, improvisation and harmony as well as group performance (classes for jazz ensembles of all sizes), jazz listening/history and developing repertoire.
I teach either individual students or groups - from beginners to advanced - drawing on over twenty years experience as a professional musician. Teaching sessions are tailored to what you the student wish to cover, whether that be polishing up existing techniques, dealing with a specific gear-related issue (horns, mouthpieces, reeds etc.) or simply getting to grips with improvisation - mine is not a regimented "grades only" approach.
Sessions can be booked on a one-off basis (or, if you've had a lesson before, as a "top up") or as part of a series designed to help the student progress in structured stages. The only essential requirement is that you are prepared to work hard at what we cover!
I am also affiliated with Thame Institute of Music, one of Oxfordshire's leading musical education facilities, the details of which can be found here www.thameinstituteofmusic.co.uk
Here's what some of my students have to say...
"Simon is an excellent teacher as well as an outstanding jazz musician. He is honest and open about his own journey, understand the problems that can occur and interrupt one's development as a saxophonist, and, crucially, knows how to help you solve those challenges. Not every top player can teach, but Simon can."
"It's a testament to Simon's very instructive and personal teaching that I noticed a considerable improvement in my playing after only one or two lessons. His advice, both in terms of actual playing and also the technical side of the instrument, was invaluable - I'd strongly recommend him to any already competent jazz saxophonists looking to improve their playing."
"If you are stuck in a rut with your sax playing and have totally lost your way, Simon Spillett will remotivate and invigorate you and get you back to playing with purpose and enjoyment. An awesome player. Sympathetic and encouraging teacher. And a thoroughly good bloke!"
If you are interested in lessons, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org