John O'Neill: Jazz Method For Saxophone (Tenor)
This high quality publication will take the learner 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. 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. Supplementary suggestions for listening & reading are included, plus an appendix containing all the chord progressions for 'live' accompaniment of the tunes.
This is Sendmemusic's recommendation for all new saxophonists, especially adult beginners who want to teach themselves and dedicated school-aged students who may be having lessons with a teacher.
John O'Neill has a solid understanding of jazz and how it can be taught. I highly recommend his educational jazz materials - Jamey Aebersold
Bk/CD, 96 pages