ii-V of the day: Chris Potter – 4.27.11

It’s been a lot of days since the last ii-V, but I came across a good one in an old transcription I did several years ago.

This ii-V was played by Chris Potter on Easy to Love from his 1995 album, Pure.

I like this one because it’s mostly diatonic except for that little bit of diminished flavor in the G7 measure. When practicing and moving to other keys, you might find it necessary to raise the first note by an octave to make it work.

Easy to Love is a 32-bar tune usually played in G concert.

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How It’s Made. Videos for all the woodwinds.


While browsing youtube the other day, I came across a video of saxophones being made at the Keilwerth factory. I am a geek of the highest order when it comes to this kind of stuff and could watch it for hours. This, of course, meant that I looked up other videos and I want to share some of those with you today. I was looking for videos for all of the woodwinds, but couldn’t find any oboe or bassoon videos. If you know of any, please feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll add it to this post.

Brannen Bros. Flutes

Buffet Clarinets

Selmer Saxophones

Fox Bassoons – Thanks to Bret Pimentel for this one!

This is the first video of 7. You can find all of the videos here.

Bonus video! Reeds


Kadri Gopalnath – Carnatic Saxophonist


One of the really cool things about the saxophone is that many musicians have been able to play it within many different musical traditions. Kadri Gopalnath is one of those saxophonists who pushed boundaries and made the saxophone a legitimate instrument in a tradition that is hundreds of years old.

Carnatic music is the traditional music of South India. Many people refer to it, and the Hindustani music of the North, as Indian classical music.

Kadri Gopalnath started out playing the nagaswaram, a double-reed instrument considered to be very auspicious. It’s often played in Hindu temples and at weddings. It is also the world’s loudest acoustic non-brass instrument. Having heard them when I went to India, I can definitely confirm that to be the case. Kadri switched to the alto saxophone after hearing one in a band. He worked for 20 years to learn to play the saxophone in the Carnatic style.

My saxophone professor in college, George Wolfe, introduced me to Kadri Gopalnath’s playing. I was blown away by it and had no idea that someone could play the horn like that. Check out the video and see for yourself.

Pneumo Pro Wind Director – Great Tool for Flute!

I purchased one of these a few months ago from Flute World for about $30 and have had nice success for myself and working with students. You can use it as a standalone product, but it also fits into the body of the flute so you can work on your airstream while simulating other parts of playing (fingering, posture, etc.) It is dead simple to use and there is an almost immediate improvement in tone. Remember to put a penny on top of the Pneumo Pro to keep it balanced so you and your students are playing with proper technique. Click on the banner below to check out the Blocki Flute site and learn more about the Pneumo Pro.