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Beginner £52.00
Intermediate £52.00
Advanced £52.00
Expert £52.00
Casual £52.00

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ONLINE LESSONS SAX & IMPROVISATION LESSONS (all instruments) with Jeff - Professor Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Affiliated Artis, Harvard University MLSP Instructor and a Rico Artist.

Tutoring Experience:

An active performer, recording artist and clinician, he has performed in Europe, St. Thomas, Martinique, the Philippines, Barbados, Los Angeles, the southwest US and throughout New England.

Through his International Jazz Correspondence Lessons®, he distance-teaches improvisation and saxophone world-wide.

His recordings include Cosmic Motion Picture with his own quartet, One by the Reed Dieffenbach Quartet, Homecookin'! (Reed Dieffenbach Quintet) and So Tru by Trudy Sandhaus, among others. A new solo album, Emanation, as well as an upcoming CD by Reed Dieffenbach are due out in 2013.

In addition, he's the author of Blues Improvisation Complete (Berklee Press / Hal Leonard), available in Bb, Eb, C and C bass clef, Famous Saxophone Solos from R&B, Pop and Smooth Jazz (Berklee Press / Hal Leonard), Great Tenor Saxophone Solos, Vol. 1 & 2, Great Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Pop Tenor Saxophone Solos, and Written Solos On Standard Tunes, Vol. 1 & 2.

Essential Solos on Standard Progressions (Advance Music) is due out in 2013.

Performing credits include touring as a featured soloist with the Gene Krupa Orchestra and performances with Milt Hinton, Ricky Ford, Makoto Ozone, Kenwood Denard, Bruce Gertz, Joe Hunt, Bob Gillotti, Bob Kaufman, Oscar Stagnaro, Rachael Z, George Schuller, Jon Damian, Billy Kilson, Ron Savage, Tim Rey, Vinny Golia, and Mike Turk among others. Locally, he freelances in the Boston area.

Studies in saxophone, improvisation, composition, clarinet, flute and drums with Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Viola, George Garzone, Rick Margitza, Charlie Banocas, Andy Snitzer, John Mehegan, Jack Berky, George Russell, John La Porta, Arnie Lawrence, Jimmy Guiffre, Bob Moses, Bill Dixon, Barry Harris, Leon Russianoff, Ignatius Gennusa, Henry Brandt, Matt Marvuglio and Milford Graves.

His degrees include an M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music and a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, as well as, additional undergraduate studies at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Manhattan School of Music and Bennington College.

Tutoring Approach:

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).
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• I find out as much as I can about your experience, preferences and goals.

• I send you a detailed and organized lesson assignment by email including audio tracks and written music (pdf and mp3 files). For more specifics see ABOUT THE LESSONS and TOPICS OF STUDY (below).

• I thoroughly explain each part of the assignment and play examples of how it should sound.

• You practice, record and email the assignment back to me. You can email me with questions at any time.

• After receiving and listening to your return emailed lesson, I send you comments, suggestions, my own playing of various examples and the next lesson.

• Each lesson is individually tailored to your needs and preferences. In other words, priva**Contact Detail Removed**ssons by email.

• It is strongly suggested (but not mandatory), for your own progress, that you send the assignment back within a month’s time, if possible.


• The only requirement for a live lesson is a computer and a web cam.
• Written music and recordings are sent by email.
• You get all the benefits of a priva**Contact Detail Removed**sson without leaving your home.


These lessons were originally created in response to students’ requests. Now, 20 years later, with students around the world, I have found Lessons by Mail, Phone or Internet to be an extremely effective way of teaching both improvisation (to all instrumentalists and vocalists), and woodwind technique. A few of the advantages are: 1) you can work at your own time and pace; 2) you have a permanent record of the lessons; 3) you receive state-of-the-art personalized instruction for less than the cost of a local teacher.

First, I find out as much as I can about your experience and goals. Then, I try to determine the best and most appropriate place to begin. I give you materials, which are not only fun but will help you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. All styles (including bop, modal, blues, fusion, smooth jazz, Latin, and classical) and aspects of woodwind technique are taught – from beginner to advanced.

For improvisation, I feel it’s important to get a solid foundation of chords and scales and then to build from there. While this information is being absorbed, I teach you how to improvise using a unique system of written lines (pdf's) and customized play-along’s (mp3's).

For intermediate to advanced students, I stress various exercises which enable you to play improvisational techniques (chord tone soloing, bop scales, approaches notes, 3217/3517 lines and pentatonics, for example) over chord changes, with rhythmic accuracy and without getting lost. These exercises take the mystery out of improvisation by giving you concrete, logical and systematic approaches to improvising. Learning tunes, transcribed solos, ear training, vocabulary, instrumental technique and theory are also emphasized.

I have carefully developed these proven methods over many years of teaching, performing, research and study. For further info contact me at ****Contact Detail Removed**phone Number Removed** or **E-mail Address Removed**.


(click on live links to see or hear examples)

Tonic Systems
7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords Approach Notes
Chord Tone Soloing
How To Work On Blues
Symmetrical Diminished Scales
Symmetrical Diminished -7 & -7(5) Patterns
Whole Tone Scales
Intervalic Improvisation
Harmonic Analysis
Ear Training
Pentatonic Patterns & Poly-Pentatonics
Time Feels
Tone Studies
Compositional Techniques
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Vocabulary and Language
How To Practice and Apply Chord Scales
Diatonic Patterns
bIII-7 bVI7 Substitutions Over II-7 V7
Intervallic Cycling
Practice Routines
Building Technical Facility
Performance Techniques
Keyboard Skills
Upper and Lower Structure Triads
Number Permutation Systems
Repertoire and Learning Tunes
How To Work On Tunes
23rd Chords
Bop Scales
Bop Scale Substitutions
7, -6, -6#5 and -7b5 Pentatonic Scales
Voice Leading
Rhythmic Displacement
Melodic Embellishment
All Styles
Symmetrical Augmented Scales
How To Work On Transcriptions
How To Practice Altissimo
Repeating & Matching Patterns
Scale Tone Soloing
False Fingerings
Reading & Sight Reading
3217 & 3517 Systems
5432 & 5732 Systems
Upper and Lower Structure 7th Chords
Blues Licks
Thematic Improvisation
II-V-I Line Compendiums
Triadic Pairs
Various Approaches to Playing "Outside"
Harmonic Anticipation and Delay
Synthetic Scales

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)


  • New England Conservatory of Music (1991) - MM Jazz Studies (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Berklee College of Music (1983) - Performance (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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