Saxpet

Xaphoon pocket sax simon jepps tutorial
Saxpet ~ Saxophone, Clarinet & Trumpet
Subconsciously, whilst I will always refer to the Xaphoon as the Pocket Sax, it has always been in my heart to call it my “Saxpet”.

This is not merely because it feels like a mutually adoring “pet”, but in a technical sense also.

Brian Wittman, the instrument’s inventor, describes the Xaphoon as a combination of, or more accurately the middle ground between, the Saxophone and the Clarinet.

Yet whence having played the instrument at volume in an orchestral Jazz setting, in particularly the hard and indestructible resin model, you feel it to absorb and harness the strong energy of the brass instruments being played.

Indeed to say, the Trumpet.

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{Acco} Miles Davis ~ All Blues

jepps miles davis all blues pocket sax xaphoon
Pocket Sax By Je.p.ps
Here’s a scratch. I fell ill just recently and yesterday I could really feel a cold coming on, so I had to get something recorded before things got any later – or worse.

As some of you know, I’m a bit of a luddite and don’t have any professional gear. The mic on my tablet turned out to be crap and so am making the most of a dictaphone.

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FA(C)T

simon jepps fat bike

Cycle to work much? Myself, everyday.

I know what you’re thinking… “What, is that?” This my good reader, is known as a FAT BIKE and they are gaining ground very fast. Yes, literally.

It is amazing how few people cycle, merely because they have been conditioned to drive. Yet if you pass them an analogue hand-drill and say, “Drill through that piece of metal”, they will without any effort whatsoever.

Cycling is no different and as my FAT BIKE above will testify, the size of your wheels are irrelevant to the phenomena that is GEARS. In fact there are actually many benefits to commuting on fat tyres and these I will now explain.

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Mission Pocketable

Pocket sax tutorialSome could argue the Xaphoon to be much like a Ukulele, in that its size deems it flawed by design. Yet there are many Ukulele players who are obviously not dissuaded by this, indeed myself occasionally included.

No, the Xaphoon is not flawed. It is however, very difficult to master. Oh, this is not to say the average novice will be unable to enjoy it, no, this is to say that the average professional Xaphoonist would have spent ten years perfecting it.

The difference between a Xaphoon and a Pocket Sax…? Bamboo die hards aside… depends how good you are.

First things first. I know what you are seeking. The sound of a Sax in your pocket. Yet you fear it to only raspberry, much like a Kazoo. This is a common misconception, seeded by poor examples of play, by amateurs trying too hard, as if to make a baby iron a suit.

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Of A Kangaroo…

Of a kangarooI love the Kangaroo. They are special to me, not just because of their beauty, their charm or their charisma, but on a philosophical level. The humble Kangaroo, as I have mentioned in my spiritual works, represents “Creative Evolution”, a pinnacle teaching of my religion, which points to God as the intelligent creator of a world bound by the laws of evolution.

However my religion aside, for a) it will only deem this blog quirky and b) it is a lifetime work, so… half a century still to go! Haha.

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Laughing Jester Chess

Intro imageA game of Chess may last a lifetime. Inventing a game of Chess may too. This is the lifetime work of Simon Jepps.

The Laughing Jester itself became reality over the course of one month, but its numerous predecessors, their boards and moves, these countless gems were all born not long after Simon himself entered the arena.

After spending a lifetime trying to make Chess “better”, that is to say, to have and to hold in one’s own adoring way, eventually you realise that what you are truly seeking is inner happiness… to laugh.

www.laughingjesterchess.com