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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 sure what your referring to when you say "saxbooks." Texts on jazz theory and improvisation by Haerle, Baker, Levine, Coker, Oliver Nelson, Yusef Lateef, etc. Aren't generally saxophone specific. Sure, a lot of sax trascriptions are written in the trasnposed keys, but I've also seen sax solos transcribed in concert key.

I don't play guitar, but a guitar book that I would recommend to anyone playing jazz is Mick Goodrick's The Advancing Guitarist. A lot of interesting theory/harmony stuff in there, although there is a lot of guitar specific stuff too. The commentary at the end is great....

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