I currently have a few openings for local students.  I teach on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at my studio at my home in Downtown Ojai.   To set up a lesson or if you have any questions, contact me at: karl@karlhuntermusic.com


Everyone says that Saxophone is one of the easiest instruments to play. That may or may not be true. Learning all the notes and fingerings and making a sound is pretty straightforward for sure. If “mastering” the saxophone was easy, everyone would sound like a professional. Sadly, that’s not the case. Making a sound on saxophone is pretty easy. Making a good sound, like most worthwhile goals, takes disciplined practice and perseverance. Hopefully a student has some good direction on WHAT to practice so their dedicated practice time is well spent.


  • establish what kind of music student is interested in and what their playing goals are.

  • evaluate students technique and customize exercises and practice routines that address their specific needs. (after lesson I will write send exercise pdfs to work on that week.)

  • direct student with their gear choices (i.e. mouthpiece, reeds, ligature, horn etc.) and make sure all the equipment is working together to achieve student's sound goals.

  • evaluate and direct student's posture, and ergonomics to achieve optimum comfort and efficiently.

  • establish proper diaphragm breathing and articulation techniques, air control , embouchure and intonation.

  • detail how to develop time, how and when to use a metronome, how to read rhythms and phase according to genre.

  • detail the different stylistic woodwind techniques necessary to play stylistically correct in different genres of music. including extended techniques. i.e. vibrato, growling, subtone, altisimo, multiphonics. etc.


  • WHAT to practice and how to get the most from your practice time. (how to identify problems and develop solutions)

  • How to develop a personal sound

  • How to to transfer musical ideas from your head to your horn

  • Important books, and practice materials

  • Jazz theory and proper application

  • Chord-scale relationships

  • Scale patterns and how to internalize them. and how to use the patterns within a improvisation without sounding derivative.

  • Jazz notation and NOMENCLATURE

  • Articulation-styles, how to practice them and how articulation applies to different genres of music.

  • How to BUILD a solo within a chorus and throughout a solo

  • Use of Play-A-Long recordings / apps

  • Mastering common jazz PROGRESSIONS, I,IV,V, ii,V,I etc.

  • The steps to learning and memorizing a tune and it's chords.

  • how to pick a solo to transcribe and how to transcribe, analyze and incorporate transcribed musical ideas into your own improvisations.

  • How to develop a relationship with odd-time signatures. how to internalize the feel so that every time signature becomes second nature.

  • Most jazz lessons conclude with playing and trading solos with me, and honing in on specific musical elements that can be experimented with for each successive chorus. Concentrating on the many possible elements to a well structured improvisation. (i.e. melody, time feel (where to place the beat, how to phrase and articulate according to the genre etc.), the use of space, how to alternate harmonic devices to keep things fresh) Oftentimes concentrating on a specific element or two per chorus.