Saw Notes

A Resource for Musical Saw Enthusiasts

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Better Intonation For Dummies

July 16, 2021

The late David Weiss was a member of the L.A. Philharmonic and a celebrated oboe player. He was a regular participant in IMSA festivals, and helped many people learn to be better saw players. Luckily for all of us, he also write a regular column for the Saw Player News. […]

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Passacaglia: Saw and Theremin Duet

May 11, 2021

Many saw players I meet started on the theremin and are able to play both instruments. This is probably because they can have similar sounds, so a person who enjoys the sound of a saw  might enjoy the sound of a theremin. Both instruments take great concentration to play. An […]

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Play It Again, René! More Instructions!

April 25, 2021

If you want to learn to play the saw, it’s great to check out all the instructional resources you can find. Believe it or not, there are quite a few manuals, videos, and books that will help you learn to play the saw. The Forest Historical Society has an interesting […]

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Markee de Saw: A Little Burlesque!

March 22, 2021

The musical saw and burlesque don’t usually appear in the same sentence, but here you can see a fun burlesque  performance by Markee De Saw. She’s from Glasgow, Scotland, and she’s singer, saw player, and cabaret performer. Here, she plays a great version of “Moon River,” always a musical saw […]

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“Minor Waltz” and the Asylum Street Spankers

February 17, 2021

The Asylum Street Spankers were a great band from Austin who played a lot of Tin Pan Alley types of songs. They have disbanded, but you can still buy their recordings and see their videos on YouTube. They have a great old-timey sound. The band was founded by Christina Mars […]

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Bugs and the Singing Sword

February 15, 2021

Bugs Bunny is the star of this cartoon from 1958, and the musical saw plays a big part in this production. The cartoon is titled “Knighty Knight Bugs” and it’s the only Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award. The plot revolves around the theft of a “singing sword,” […]

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