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Hi - I joined this forum on behalf of my 14yr old son. He plays alto sax in his middle school concert band and jazz ensemble and has been playing for almost 5 years now. I have gotten him several Hal Leonard play along books, but we are looking for some particular songs with backing tracks.

He would like to play some Michael Buble songs for his grandparents 50th anniversary, but I am having a difficult time finding music. He reads music like a champ, but really doesn't try and play anthing by ear. I don't really know any music theory at all. Is is possible to get music from a site like musicnotes.com to go along with backing tracks at http://www.karaoke-version.com/custombackingtrack/search.html?query=buble&page=2

If so, what key do I get the sheet music and the backing music in?

Thanks for any guidance you can provide.
Michelle
 

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I have no idea if any of the following sites will have Buble-type tunes that you can use but there are lots of backing tracks available and most have sheets to go along, I think. For alto sax your son needs his music to be for Eb instruments along with the backing track that will play in concert key - ie, if the piano/bass/drum backing track is playing in Bb concert, the alto music should be in G. Hope this helps.

http://www.ralphpatt.com/Backing.html#S
http://learningresources.berklee.edu/public/pfd/
http://www.jazzbacks.com/cgi-bin/online-store
 

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Looking through the Buble CD's on Amazon, it looks like he pretty much just sings standards and covers a few newer songs. I would get some of the real versions done by Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc. The music should be easy to find as sheet music or Hal Leonard/ Jamey Aebersold play alongs.

Then he can use the sheet music/ play alongs to phrase the melodies like Michael Buble if he wants...I have never listened to Buble, but it wouldn't hurt to learn the melodies from Tony and Frank too. Both have incredible phrasing.
 
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