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Guitarbooks v.s saxbooks?

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I've been playing sax for one month now. And I've played guitar for 11 years. I'm fairly new to the jazz idiom alltogether. but I have purchased a couple of books on the subject aimed at the guitarist. So far I've been using the guitar books for the sax aswell (doesn't matter that the keys are wrong when I play by myself and I don't use the recordings when I play sax.)

The books I've used are Complete jazz guitar method (mel bay) and jazz improvisation for guitar a melodic approach (garrison fewell).

Since I've seen a couple of sax/guitarists like myself here on the forum I was wondering if I'm missing out by not bying "saxbooks" is there alot of info that I don't get? So far I've been using the books mostly for scales and general theory bla bla bla. But as I'm digging deeper and deeper I was thinking that there might be some aspects of sax playing I can't learn from guitar books. Or do I cover the gap by listening and transcribing saxophone players??

Would appreciate a sax teachers take on this
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While the theory is obviously the same, the approach to learning sax is very different than guitar. I've played guitar for 30 years. Everyday since I started playing sax about 6 years ago I realize more I need to stop thinking like a guitarist when playing sax. Guitar technic is focused first on the faculty of your hands. Sax technic is focused on your lungs, throat, tongue, lips, and lastly your hands. Books written by sax/wind players will offer challenges and exercises meant to improve what a sax player needs to work on first. Really, you'll learn more about playing guitar from a sax oriented instruction book than the other way around IMO.

Also, don't waist time and frustration. Get a teacher. Good luck.

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