Sam Newsome

Sam Newsome
"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited." - Steve Lacy

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Thoughts on Music - Episode 13: Traveling the Highway of Success (Three Common Routes)

Here, I'm discussing three common routes that one can take when aiming to travel the highway to success.

Route 1: We can choose to take the congested roads, equipped with bumper to bumper traffic, not going anywhere in a hurry.

Route 2: We can choose alternative routes that might take longer, but at least we’ll arrive at our destination in a good state of mind.

Route 3: We can choose to wait things out, until the proverbial traffic dies down, and opt to embark on a journey that’s more strategic.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Thoughts on Music - Episode 11: Three Tiers of Practicing

Tier 1: Practicing to ACQUIRE knowledge and skillsets that enable you to improvise.

Tier 2: Practicing to PLAY great improvisations.

Tier 3: Practicing to GET OUT OF THE WAY OF great improvisations.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Thoughts on Music - Episode 10: Three Levels of Consciousness While Playing Jazz (or Imrpovising

Here are three levels of consciousness we want to always have at our disposal when playing jazz--especially improvised music. 1. Self-consciousness 2. Group-consciousness 3. Sub-consciousness

Embracing Authentic Confidence, Beyond the Illusion of Perfection

My struggles with confidence has been a constant companion throughout my life's journey, with and without my horn. I certainly have my g...