This book provides the beginner sax player with all the skills needed to get started. Following simple illustrated lessons, readers will learn to play in a variety of styles, from funk and pop to soul, jazz, and blues.
Easy-to-follow lessons will help you pick up the essentials—creating a warm, rich, even sound; mastering rhythm and notation; and improvising—until you are ready to join an band and start jamming. The accompanying CD provides backing tracks and helpful demonstrations, enabling you to perfect different styles. The book includes a comprehensive library of scales, making improvisation simple, and practical tips on everything from "jazzing up" a melody to securing your first gigs.
This book isn't only for alto sax players, students of the tenor sax will also get plenty from the lessons and the scale library, allowing them to create simple improvisations and letting them "jazz up" a melody. The lessons range from assembling the sax and producing your first sound, to holding the sax and learning the notes. From there, chords, arpeggios, chord progressions, and different registers help advance a reader and help them learn the sax.
Spiral-bound: 256 pages
Publisher: Chartwell Books; Spi Har/Co edition (June 30, 2010)