on 16 July 2010
This book sort of does what it says but omits to tell you how much time and effort are required - i would guess about five years of regular practice to reach the end if you know nothing about music and have never played a sax before.
Music (practice and theory) is a complicated subject and needs approaching from more than one direction, so you won't get it from this book alone. This is not a dabbler's book but be prepared to invest more money in other tutors, theory books and play-alongs.
This book is also a little idiosyncratic - for example, some of the tracks on the disc which are used to illustrate very simple concepts are actually quite hard for a beginner to read and are taken at a fair lick - this can get dispiriting.
As I gain more knowledge, this book becomes more useful as a reference source, but it is only one way of thinking about music.
Don't buy this book unless you can also take some lessons with a human being and start to play in a group (there are plenty of kiddie-bands around who welcome adult beginners - they help the conductor to avoid a riot).
Despite these criticisms, this is a good book and pretty much skims over the lot
on 3 June 2014
This does what it purports to i.e. it is a complete 'learn to play' manual.
It starts off easy & gets harder which is what you should expect when learning any musical instrument. It is not magic, and unless you put in hours of practice (do NOT skip exercises because they are difficult!) you will not learn to play. This is a basic truth about learning any musical instrument, it's hard work & requires dedication and daily practice.
If you are willing be that dedicated then you will learn to play. The accompanying CD helps, particularly when it comes to deciphering complicated rhythms.
Note: you will not learn to play anything simply by buying the book!