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Abracadabra – Abracadabra Saxophone (Pupil's Book): The way to learn through songs and tunes Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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About the Author
Jonathan Rutland has taught clarinet and saxophone throughout a long career in education. He brings his experience as a music ediitor to the task of writing text and music to the benefit of his bestselling
Top customer reviews
Though perhaps not as clear as the guitar book in terms of layout, it's still a fine and effective teaching resource as a support tool for practice and development between individual or group lessons, though perhaps less suitable as a 'teach yourself' manual.
My son has been at it now for nine weeks or so and he finds the structure of the book very simple to use and easy to understand and the instructions clear to follow. Like the guitar book, it allows the student to play actual tunes from the very start, meaning the child (and you!) can hear progress from the start.
The price makes it good value for money - we didn't get the version with the CD and our boy's teacher thought that was the better way of approaching the early weeks. But I'd certainly recommend it for anyone who would like an additional source of tution support.
There are probably people out there that have done this quicker than me but the progress I have made in my own opinion has been incredible - with the help of this book.
I have had two lessons in that time so far and have learnt a range of simple notes, quavers and ties. Im no Gerald Albright or Greg Abate but two weeks in you wouldn't expect to be. But my sight reading ability is improving and I am getting more confident at playing each day.
I am attempting to learn a couple of songs each day and this book introduces new notes with familiar tunes that are easy for the beginner.
I would recommend the one with the CD as this helps you to learn to stick to the time and rhythm of the songs so that you play at the correct rate, learning the time signatures and different skills. Plus if you play with the CD and start from some of the early tunes and go through the book it covers old ground and reinforces learning.
I am looking at different beginner books to have to aid in my sight reading, but for now this book has been amazing. Definitely recommended.
I used the cd sometimes with the abysm speed shifter to I could get to grips with the fast/ complex tunes before increasing the speed.
All you get is 'March Slav' and 'Fais Do-Do'. Maybe I have led a sheltered life but come on, when were these little gems last heard in public. Although, saying that, I have not attended a funeral in ages.
The backing tracks provided sound like they were recorded in the fifties.
The book is relatively cheap, but the way to look at it is that its a tenner off something decent. I wish someone would abracadabra my money back.
Most recent customer reviews
Very easy to follow making it enjoyable to learn the many new songs.
The 2 cds are really helpful too.Read more
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