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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
one of the best books i've seen to start learning saxophone, it starts step by step, with small notes of 8 measures or more, unlike the common techniques that starts with the scales and overwhelm the students with all the sharps and flats and musics terminology that might be confusing. it starts with small punch of notes and increase them over time. it teaches you how to read music, also from day one improvising.
It starts gradually to add sharps and flats notes and more of higher notes. also it starts teaching you scales after some while when you get command of the notes.
it might be a little bit slow though or even more basic, if you are not a fully beginner to saxophone or you are playing already Tenor saxophone or even clarinet. i think the most descriptive title would be "Jazz methods for saxophone for beginners"
This is a good book for beginning jazz I come back to saxophone after 25 years and had never done jazz before so it's great to work through ,clearly explained and great to have a play along cd with it I would recommend this to anyone wanting to begin jazz saxophone