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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Schott Music Ltd; Pap/Com edition (28 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902455002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902455006
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Jazz Method for Saxophone: Alto Saxophone SchottThese methods provide complete courses for players of all ages, guiding students from their first note to 'classics', together with compositions by contemporary writers. Each book is accompanied by high quality rhythm section tracks recorded on compact disc. Right from the start, students can enjoy authentic jazz sounds, playing in the company of professionals. With step-by-step instruction and a progression of specially written pieces, the fundamental elements of good technique are introduced alongside the rhythmic subtleties of jazz. Improvisation is encouraged from an early stage and is given direction through the systematic study of scales and arpe...

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Jacobson on 19 Mar. 2006
I think this book is a must buy for all beginners. The opening parts about assembling the sax, embouchere, breathing and all that other stuff really are the best I've seen and I would recommend it to all newbies to the sax. My teacher raved about it.
Now for the but: if (like me) you don't know how to read music and have no experience whatsoever with any instrument, I would recommend you also buy another book for this (ie 10 Easy Lessons is good). While it does dedicate a couple of pages to music reading, I found it really didn't go into enough detail for me and it made playing the tunes that follow a bit difficult (although it is starting to make sense now that I've had a few real lessons).
So, buy this book - it really is very good - but get another one to go with it if you're a total beginner.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eddy Grabczewski on 11 Mar. 2005
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I loved this book and CD so much that I sought out the author and spent a few years having lessons. This is a brilliant approach and the pieces are inspired - even lesson 2 sounds like real jazz! Have no hesitation - buy it!

P.S. I never did tell John that the first piece I ever learnt to play on the alto sax was "Take Five"; then I went back to basics and studied the subject from scratch using his book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct. 2004
I must have bought every book about saxophone for beginners and this one is surely one of the best. The CD is great and the exercises are excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Ashley Craw on 2 Mar. 2009
As with the others who have contributed reviews, this book has been greatly recommended by my tutor. The pieces in it will inspire beginners, as all of the pieces are great.

Another reviewer mentioned that there was too little focus on reading music, and recommended a book, but I would go so far as to suggest the ABRSM's book - Music Theory for grades 1-5. It is an excellent reference for those wanting to learn at a more accelerated pace, and would definately recommend reading it alongside using your tutor book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2012
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This book was recommended to me by my saxophone teacher and I think it's absolutely brilliant. The beginning chapters are all about the theory - it goes into a lot of description about breathing and tonguing, something which seems to be skimmed over far too quicly in other books.

I love the fact that even when you're doing the basic exercises there is a backing track which makes it sound as though you're playing real music right from the start. As well as having exercises and tunes for you to work through it also shows you the scales and encourages you to improvise, giving you tips on how this should be done. Throughout the chapters are recomendations for music to listen to and books to purchase which will build on what you've just learnt.

When I first started on this book I just played by myself, after a few weeks I started to play with the backing track - this really makes a difference and I don't think I'll consider a book now without an accompanying cd as it makes a real difference to how you play. The book moves on quite quickly while still giving you plenty to play, I think this will keep me going for a while but I'm confident that by the time I've finished it I'll be playing reasonably well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve M on 8 Jan. 2014
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After month of private lessons during which I struggled to produce a decent sound and was unable to play any long notes due to getting out of breath, I've come across this book.
Thanks to the detailed descriptions on how to form correct embouchure, do tonguing and sustain breath I can now produce pitch perfect sounds and my long notes get longer and longer from one practice session to the next.
I like the fact that this book introduces notes gradually reinforcing what you've learned previously. Despite very easy to play tunes, all of them come with backing tracks making them sound much more advanced and pleasing to the ear :)

All in all, it's a great method. It's so good that I've decided to stop my private lessons and follow this course instead.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By geoffwest@tinyworld.co.uk on 5 Jan. 2002
This book gives an excellent grounding in all the basics.It is well thought out and easy to follow. The CD is excellent. There are 69 exercises to learn and practice which will have you playing "My Little Shoes" and "Yardbird Suite" like Charlie Parker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Malerba on 9 Feb. 2010
Indeed a very nice method: I am enjoying it a lot and it really pulls you into the basics of Jazz Music. I think it should be a standard for beginners.
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