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Dr. Philip Flip Gordon, Phd
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Saxophone: Performance, Technique, Composition, Theory, and more!

Now offering Skype Lessons On line from Paris, France!

Online Saxophone Music Lessons

ONLINE LESSONS in improvisation (for all instruments) in all styles (Bop, Modal, Funk, Blues, Fusion, Smooth Jazz, Latin, and Classical) and in all aspects of woodwind technique (beginner through professional).

The Lessons:

Proven methods developed over many years of teaching, performing, research and study.

Clear and organized online approaches to improvising, learning tunes, transcribed solos, ear training, vocabulary, instrumental technique and theory.

Depending on the individual student objectives and experience, topics include, but are not limited to the following lessons:

    • Scales
    • Patterns
    • Improvisation
    • Harmonic Analysis
    • Theory
    • Ear Training
    • Articulation
    • Time Feels
    • Tone Studies
    • Compositional Techniques
    • Bebop
    • Vocabulary and Language
    • How To Practice and Practice Routines
    • Mouthpieces
    • Building Technical Facility
    • Performance Techniques
    • Keyboard Skills
    • Voicings
    • Subton, Overtones
    • Repertoire and Learning Tunes
    • How To Work On Tunes
    • How To Work On Blues, Blues Licks
    • How To Work On Transcriptions
    • Voice Leading
    • Inversions
    • Transcribing
    • Melodic Embellishment
    • Reharminization
    • Transposing
    • Modes
    • Growling
    • How To Practice Altissimo
    • Repeating & Matching Patterns
    • Scale Tone Soloing
    • Reeds and Mouthpieces, Instrument maintanence
    • False Fingerings
    • Reading & Sight Reading
    • Embouchure
    • Vibrat, Bendin, Glissando, Warbles
    • Breathing
    • Various Approaches to Playing "Outside"
    • Tricks and Tips for Bandleaders and Performances
    • Anxiety and Meditation Techniques
    • and more...

Email Instruction (sequential pdf format) and "One-on-One" telephone lessons available, as well as music consultations for Performance, Composition and Theory: Please inquire directly via email: outofnowhereband@aol.com.

Rates and schedules "arranged to suit" budgets and individual needs. 

Brief Bio:

Known as San Francisco’s King of Swing, Dr. Philip "Flip" Gordon, PhD and his Out of Nowhere quartet and quintet (with vocals) are the ambassadors of traditional swing standard. A classy performing act, Dr. Gordon and his Out of Nowhere Band plays the San Francisco and now in Paris, at many of the citys’ five-star hotels, festivals and the club swing scene and specializes in corporate parties; from background cocktail music to dance floor favorites. Philip is a true crooner and his Out of Nowhere Band has an extensive list of corporate and private clients. A tight group since 1994, they don’t miss a beat whereever they go!

Saxophonist, Composer and Bandleader Dr. PHILIP "Flip" GORDON, PhD appears at selected venues and private corporate parties and events in US and Europe with special presentations of "AN EVENING OF WORLD JAZZ" and "THE PARRALLEL UNIVERSE" leading The Out of Nowhere Bands, including special international guest vocalists.

For more information please call: +33 (0)6 21 21 13 55 or visit http:/www.bluematrix.org or send a direct inquiry.

Updated 2013:

Music Education and Experience:

Paris: (Selected)

  • American School of Modern Music
    Paris, France (Jazz Performance and Theory)
    Paris, France (Jazz Ensemble)
  • Schola Cantorum Conservatory of Musique
    Paris, France (Classiques and Jazz)

San Francisco: (Selected)

  • Blue Bear School of American Music
    San Francisco, CA (Jazz Ensemble)
  • JazzSchool of Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA (Repetroire and Jazz Ensembles)
  • Stanford Jazz Workshops
    Stanford, CA (Theory and Jazz Ensemble)

Instructors/teachers: (Selected)

  • Joe Lavano, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Mark Levine, Rufus Reid, Ray Brown…
    San Francisco, CA (Private lessons and Jazz Ensemble)
  • Phillipe Hilfiker, Phillipe Bravaurd, Sonny Simmons, Archie Shepp…
    Paris, France (Theory, Performance and Jazz Ensemble)

Influences: (Selected):

  • Ben Webster: Spirit
  • Stan Getz : Sound
  • Wayne Shorter: Phrasing

Recent Compositions and Chartbooks available on Amazon.com (Hard copy) and Smashwords.com (Digital Download),

also see Amazon.com for a complete Discography of CDs, DVDS and Books.

Jazz Compositions: Volume 1:


Jazz Compositions: Volume 2:


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