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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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I'm not a teacher but I do play guitar and sax with guitar being my main deal.

Guitar books will have nothing about voicing in them or breathing or certain sax tricks and the guitar licks might not always suit the sax but that might be an advantage as well ie to get out of familiar sax licks that everybody seems to play.

Voicing is using the oral cavity and airstream to produce notes and tones especially overtones which may extend into the Altissimo range higher than high F.

Studying a book written for a Eb Alto is probably easier than a guitar book as the guitar has a different range but transposing can be done.

Otherwise a guitar book can be useful for a lot of things as it's all just music in the end.
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