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A comprehensive method for jazz style and improvisation for B-flat tenor saxophonists.
If you’ve decided to try your hand at playing the tenor saxophone, you’re in good company. Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and John Coltrane are just some of the well-known musicians who have mastered this sweet sounding instrument. The tenor saxophone first became popular with military bands, but over the years it has become an essential instrument in school concert bands, big band jazz ensembles and marching bands as well.
Finding the right beginner method book is the key to helping you develop your skills on the tenor saxophone, and what you’ll be using this wind instrument for should also factor in your decision. For musicians who want to specifically learn how to play jazz, the Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble for Tenor Saxophone is an excellent choice for B-flat players. You’ll enjoy the step-by-step approach as you learn the basics of swing style. Ideal for individual or classroom use, this book and CD combo also features 7 full band arrangements and sample solos.
Younger and novice players are sure to benefit from the Alfred Fun with Fundamentals B-Flat Tenor Saxophone Book. Using the basics of instrumental playing at an elementary level, this book presents scales, technic studies and companion etudes in an interesting and enjoyable manner. Beginners can build confidence in their musical style while developing fluency of technique and accurate counting.
IF you have a child interested in playing in the school band, the Alfred Band Expressions Book One Student Edition Tenor Saxophone Book & CD is an excellent choice. Well-known songs from the band world are both familiar and fun to play and this helps in motivating students to practice throughout the year. A comprehensive score with related activities, supplementary lesson ideas, various exercises and music from great band composers are just some of the highlights of this book and CD combo.
Learning to play the tenor saxophone is easy when you have the proper method book close at hand. You’ll find a variety of beginner books to choose from that can teach you the basics and beyond so you can become a proficient tenor saxophone player in no time.