John O'Neill: Jazz Method for Saxophone (Alto)
Jazz Method for Saxophone (alto) is featured in the Trinity Guildhall 2007 Jazz Saxophone syllabus.
An excellent jazz method for players off all ages. The book is accompanied by rhythm section tracks recorded on CD. Right from the start, students can enjoy authentic jazz sounds, playing in the company of professionals. With step-by-step instruction and a carefully graded progression of specially written pieces, the fundamental elements of good technique are introduced with the rhythmic subtleties of jazz. Improvisation is encouraged from an early stage. With supplementary suggestions for listening & reading, and an appendix containing all the chord progressions for 'live' accompaniment of the tunes, Jazz Method is ideally suited to both students working alone and those learning with a teacher.
Jazz Method for Saxophone will guide beginners of all ages from producing their first note on the saxophone to the performance of full-blown jazz pieces, including classics by Monk, Parker, Rollins and Silver. The book covers fundamental elements of good saxophone technique: breath control, tone-production, embouchure, tonguing and fingerings, and more.
Bk/CD, 96 pages
John O'Neill has a solid understanding of jazz and how it can be taught. I highly recommend his educational jazz materials. - Jamey Aebersold