Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / sax tutor books

anne-marie
User ID: 6117773
Mar 17th 8:46 PM
I just wondered what sort of tutor books or studies I should be using, as I'm a bit short of cash and can't afford lessons.

I can already read music as I play flute to "college level".

Any recommendations?
stevew
User ID: 8959213
Mar 18th 8:14 AM
There are some free lessons on this site and elsewhere on the web. There is also a lot of free and cheap music on www.sibeliusmusic.com - you'll need the free Scorch download.

As for studies, you will make most progress learning stuff you like to play. I taught my daughter mainly through playing jazzy duets, if it doesn't swing she generally isn't interested! So, get a study book in the idiom you like most. If you already read and play flute I reckon you should be able to choose something by browsing a music shop's shelves.

In the UK where I live there are a lot of great sax study books by James Rae and I recommend those, he has study books in jazz, classical and latin for example. Frankly as a flute player you will get the basic sax fingering off almost immediately so I suggest you need stuff to explore the full range of the instrument, light and shade in expression and different key signatures to help force you to use the various alternative fingerings available.

A good old fashioned guide to technique is Larry Teal's 'Playing the saxophone', and Otto Langey's study book covers every key and has enough to get you to being a very good player.
Rob
User ID: 3459474
Mar 18th 9:00 AM
there are some method books on www.saxlessons.com
i think they got the rubanks klose 25 daily studies and ferling 48 studies
all pretty decent books

also for jazzy stuff the niehaus stuff isn't too expensive, you can find that on www.jajazz.com
Tenormonster
User ID: 0220464
Mar 29th 7:20 PM
Anne-marie why dont you try a few Jamey Abersold books and play along CD's.They are at all levels and a lot off fun.Try the Beg/int blues .
Tenormonster
User ID: 0220464
Mar 29th 7:24 PM
Anne-marie why dont you try a few Jamey Abersold books and play along CD's.They are at all levels and a lot off fun.Try the Beg/int blues .
Erick
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Mar 31st 5:02 PM
Jamey's best bet:)
Anne-Marie
User ID: 6117773
Apr 4th 6:12 PM
Thanks for the tips. I took a look at some excerpts from the Lennie Niehaus books on the internet.They looked like the sort of stuff I could handle so I've ordered a couple.

Now I'm trying to find some good jazz flute books too.Tried one by Bill Holcombe called 12 Jazz Etudes for Flute but they were a little cheezy!