The Jazz Method for Tenor Saxophone

John O'Neill

Item# JSA046
Book/CD: $ 19.95
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The saxophone is, for many, the instrument of jazz and there is an enormous and exciting repertoire waiting to be explored by newcomers to the instrument.. This book will guide beginners of all ages from producing their first note on the saxophone to the performance of full-blown jazz pieces, including, "classics" by Theolonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver as well as contributors from leading contemporary jazz players and composers. Backing for all of the music-specially recorded for this method is provided on the accompanying CD so that, right from the start, student saxophonists can enjoy an authentic jazz sound, playing in the company of a top-class rhythm section (bass, guitar and drums) used later to support first attempts at improvisation. With step by step instruction and a progression of specially written pieces, the fundamental elements of good saxophone technique-breath control, tone-production, embouchure, tonguing, and fingerings - are introduced alongside the rhythmic subtleties of jazz (for example, swing, and syncopated rhythms). Improvisation is encourages from an early stage, given direction through the systematic study of scales and arpeggios and advice on ear-training and chord patterns. With additional information on practical matters such as choosing reeds and caring for the instrument, as well as supplementary suggestions for listening and reading, "The Jazz Method for Saxophone" is ideally suited both to students working alone and those learning with a teacher.