I've been playing the Alto Sax for 10 months and have several self teaching books. But none of them list all the scales in one place for practice. That's where I find this book really useful. All the Major scales - including sharps and flats, and three different types of Minor scales,too. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to practice and really get to know their instrument. One bit of advise I read in another book; 'There are no 'hard' scales - just those you don't know.
I am fairly new to learning the Sax but can read music after years of violin playing. I became quite bored with the same old basic instruction books so i tried this one as I wanted to learn tunes straight away. Although it took me a while to look up the figures for each note, I did find learning this way suited my personal taste.
This is a pretty good book, it contains all of the scales, double scales minors and majors harmonic and melodic and the arpeggios and dominant 7th all the way from grade 1 to 8. It has a fingering chart at the front with alternative fingerlings for certain notes which is helpful if you need to refresh your memory. The scales are not set out in grade order, but there is a list at the beginning with which ones correspond to which grade. It's an essential for anyone looking to take exams, or even just wanting to play better.. The scales make for good warm up practice.
Yes agree that it give all of the scales that you need when doing your grades, here comes the but, I would have preferred the scales and arpeggios together, as I think it is easier to memorise the scales and arpeggios together. It is also confusing as none of the scales for each grade are separated out. Yes, I do like an easy life!
This book has proved a good guide to sight reading for self-teaching backed up by lessons from a teacher. The exercises teach a logical approach to the subject emphasising, counting, time signature, key, dynamics and tempo. It's a pity that the number of Exercises (stages) is limited and more exercises in each stage and test examples would be useful.
Scales and arpeggios are what they are and playing and practising them can be boring. I treat them as my old Director of Music suggested. In your mind think that you are playing another type of tune. You can then enjoy them in a better frame of mind and also gain the benefits from using them.
I bought this book to learn Alto Saxophone ,and the pages are very well printed, its an excellent book at very good price. It explain the finger taps,etc. I recomend this book to begin the saxophone.Very important to learn well the scales.