Sixty Seconds To Play That Sax
Mr Blowout Sax – Mark Archer
Mark Archer has been teaching the Saxophone for some 27+ years at his studio on North Parade. During this time Mark would estimate some over a thousand students have visited his studio.
So, who are these loyal students? Let’s find out in Sixty Seconds.
Tell me your name and where you come from.
Tracy Bousfield, from Cambridgeshire. I have lived in Bath since 2006.
What do you do for a living?
I am a professional beauty therapist and I work in the city as a counter manager for a leading skincare company.
How long have you been a student at Blowout Sax?
Just over two years.
What made you choose Blowout Sax?
I was drawn to the fact that the website said that anyone could play the sax and that Mark had a revolutionary way of teaching it.
I also found Mark on YouTube where he has a series of videos to show you how to play and what the notes are.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbCrwF4wZUaRC1AZhF2aWiA
Why did you choose to play the Saxophone?
It was something that I wanted to do some years ago, but found that it was expensive to buy a saxophone so that put me off. For some reason, I wanted to have a saxophone as an ornament and did an eBay search to see how much I could get one for. I was drawn to an auction more because what the seller had written about the saxophone which they were selling. The owner had said that it had been in his attic for the last ten years. He had bought the sax from an American fighter pilot from World War II. I love anything like that and new I had to win it. I won it.
What tune are you learning to play at the moment?
Last time I saw Mark I hadn’t done my homework as normal! So, we just jammed around with some pop tunes, 1000 years – Christina Perry, Make you feel my love – Adele and Don’t know why – Nora Jones. It was my first time playing Norah Jones and I really liked it so I have managed to practice it!
What is your favourite tune?
It has to be Baker’s Street.I played this on stage.
I like solo’s – George Michael’s Careless whisper, Will You – Hazel O’Connor,Lily was here – Candy Dulfer
Who is your favourite musician?
Jon Bon Jovi. I was a rock chick and still am. He just does it for me. His lyrics are amazing.
Do you perform in public/busk?
No. I’m far too shy for that and I can’t remember the music without my notes!
How often and how long do you practice?
Not often enough. When I wasn’t working I could just pick up the sax all the time, but now I have a full-time job its harder, especially getting in at night as I don’t want to annoy the neighbours with my playing.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Just do it. Mark doesn’t make you feel like you’re a beginner. By the end of your first lesson he has got you playing a tune. You don’t even need your own saxophone as he has some that you can play until you are sure that you want to own your own.