Music & Language Skills

Language skills

Studies also show that young children who participate in music classes have improved speech development and learn to read more easily. Learning music helps to develop the left side of the brain (related to language and reasoning), assists with sound recognition, and teaches rhythm and rhyme.



Practice #1

It is important to practice some everyday…. 2 hours on Saturday and none on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday does not really help you learn and instrument…. your embouchure forgets things, you forget things and you cannot build the ability to play for any length of time.

*Technique is not an option… if you can’t play the notes .. well, you can’t play the music…

When we practice we practice to learn the instrument first, develop the technique of how to play, learn what your instrument needs for each note to be correct…  I often hear people playing and trying to play fast when they are practicing….  If you are alone in a room who are you trying to impress?  I guess yourself!  There is never a reason to practice fast only correctly… if you practice slowly and never make a mistake then you will only have good and correct patterns in your mind and fingers….. it takes a lot of times to play a pattern and get rid of mistakes… avoid this by practicing correctly and slowly.


Ernie Fields Jr. New Board Member of RAEF

Ernie is the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation. I am very happy to call him my friend. Ernie has donated over $30,000.00 worth of instruments to local Non-Profits through RAEF. Ernie has shown a great love for getting young people to play acoustic musical instruments….

The Board Members of RAEF are very proud to have Erine on board…..

Short Bio:

Ernie Fields Jr. is a saxophonist, Los Angeles Session Musician and Music Contractor. Owner of Jade Sound in Los Angeles.

Son of notable musician Ernie Fields Sr., he has worked with blues, soul and funk artists including B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Rick James and Marvin Gay. 

He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School  in 1951 and then attended Howard University , playing with his father’s band during breaks. In the 1990s he began touring with trombonist Fred Wesley,  playing bagpipes as well as saxophone.

He wrote the score for the 1978 film Disco Godfather

On April 6, 2010 episode of American Idol, Fields played the Didgerridoo during Chrystal Boxersox’s  performance of the Lennon-McCartney  composition :come Together”.

Ernie Fields Jr. is music contractor for American IdolThe Voice, and X Factor. Owner of Jade Sound in Los Angeles.

Ernie field playing tenor sax
Ernie in one of his many live performances

Saxophone Tone Boosters

Naujoks Saxophone Tone Boosters

This Sax Tone Booster is also known as the “Hollywood Tone Booster” I think because no one could spell Naujoks.. They have a great response and have been used by many of the great saxophone players of all time….


Mouthpiece Position on the Soprano Saxophone

Mouthpiece Position on the Soprano Saxophone:

It is very important that the mouthpiece be pushed in or down on the neck cork a good amount for the soprano to play properly… this will of course vary a little but most players do not push the mouthpiece on the cork far enough.. The length of the mouthpiece will vary. If the mouthpiece is not on the neck enough then the results are *The lower register does not respond, *The upper or middle register can be flat, you need to find the Sweet Spot…

There are 2 different lengths of soprano saxophone mouthpieces:
1. The original *Short Shank, the new Super Session Selmer Mouthpiece is a short shank.
2. Many of the modern soprano mouthpieces are longer and need to be pushed on the cork a very good amount for the soprano to play properly.

*The saxophone Sweet Spot is where the mouthpiece is on the neck so the saxophone plays its best… When you find the Sweet Spot the response will be its best, the pitch will be its best, the tone will be its best.
*The saxophone is designed from the tip of the mouthpiece to the bottom of the bell, not from the end of the neck to the bottom of the bell… so, where the mouthpiece fits on the neck is very important. This is why we need to find the Sweet Spot..


Practice 30 Club

Join our practice 30 club…. just join our email list and practice 30 minutes a day for 6 month and you will get a T-Shirt with our Practice 30 Club logo….We will use the honor system… but the time does not start until yoiu join our email list…

Practice 30 Trademark

Good repairman

If you are in the area and need help then you need to see Jim



Jim Germann is a professional woodwind musician, playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone with a degree from Berklee College of Music in composition. While performing as a musician in Los Angeles, Jim worked with Oleg Garbuzov, repairing woodwind instruments for professionals, including top studio musicians from around the world. 

Instrument Repair Experience

When Jim moved to Pittsburgh, PA, he developed a local following. While still playing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, he co-owned Hollis and Germann Music. His business was the premier wind instrument shop in the Pittsburgh area. Musicians would drive for hours to make sure their instruments were only repaired by Jim. He continues to receive horns to repair from loyal customers across the country.

Jim Germann has been trusted to repair woodwind instruments of musicians in a variety of professional jazz and orchestral ensembles including: Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Los Angeles studio musicians, Phoenix Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Tower of Power

Woodwind Performance Experience

In addition to repairing woodwind instruments, Jim has remained an in-demand woodwind performer in a variety of styles including jazz, muscial theater and classical.

He has been heard in countless ensembles over the years.
Touring acts: Al Hirt, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman

Bands: Bill Holman’s Band, Bill Watrous, Bob Florence, Gordon Brisker, Pat Longo, Roger Neuman

Orchestras: Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theater, Pittsburgh Broadway Series, Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony

Grammy Award Winning Recordings & Other Recordings

Jim was a musician in the bands that recorded: The New York Voices

Nancy Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning “Turned Blue” (2006)

Nancy Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning “R.S.V.P.” (2004)

Passion for his Craft

Jim’s skill in playing woodwind instruments and passion for fine-tuning the craft has led him to be one of the foremost woodwind repair artists in the country. Since he knows how a good horn should feel and play, he can sense when something isn’t quite right and make adjustments that will bring out the very best in every instrument.

New Location in Phoenix

Jim and his wife recently moved to Arizona to be closer to their children and open a new shop. He continues to do what he knows and loves: playing woodwind instruments and bringing his customers the opportunity to play the very best instruments too.


15414 N. 7th St. Suite 7

Phoenix, AZ 85022



It is very important to remember that good practice habits are the only thing that will really improve your playing.

New instruments can be great, new mouthpiece can be great but in the end you must practice… it is so important to get to know the instrument and mouthpiece you are playing…. learn what they do… learn what they cannot do…. Know your equipment!


Tea Kittle Reg. Pip

Tales of a Woodwind Repairman 7.9.20: This is what was called the “Tea Kittle” register tube that Selmer had for a while…. It had two holes in the register pip.. both oblong… this really helped clear up the A above the staff on both altos and tenors… really good for the tenor…. I do not know how many saxophones they made with this register pip but the ones I have played really seemed to work great….

tea kittle reg. pip

New Testament Church Music Program

Robert Hendricks video.