Saxophone For Dummies

Saxophone For Dummies: epub: 111808487X

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  • Full Title: Saxophone For Dummies
  • Autor: Denis Gäbel
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1st Edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 111808487X
  • Download File Format | Size: epub | 22.2 MB


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Table of Contents

Deciding on your perfect match

Following your favorite sound

Matching the saxophone to musical styles

Acquiring a Saxophone


Buying: New or used?

Starting with a quality sax

Chapter 2: Assembling and Tuning the Sax

Checking Out Some Important Parts

Needing the Reed

Minding the Mouthpiece

Structure of the mouthpiece

Metal or rubber mouthpiece

Holding It Together with the Ligature

Assembling the Reed, Ligature, and Mouthpiece

Putting the Saxophone Together

Assembling the sax, step by step

Making high and low sounds

Tuning the Sax

Tuning in to a common pitch

Transposing: Different notes for different instruments

Adjusting the saxophone’s tuning

Chapter 3: The Body–Saxophone Connection

Adopting Proper Posture

Standing correctly

Sitting correctly

Breathing Technique for Playing the Saxophone

Diaphragm and abdominal breathing

Physical support

Training the diaphragm with deep breathing

Adjusting Your Embouchure

Chapter 4: Notes, Intervals, and First Melodies

Gearing Up for That First Note

Producing good sound

Positioning your hands and fingers correctly

Starting with the note G

Playing notes with the left hand

Playing notes with the right hand

Exercising Proper Finger Technique

Trying a few fingering exercises

Moving on to first melodies

Understanding the Octave Key

Deciphering Key Signatures and Accidentals

Knowing All 12 Notes on the Saxophone






Chapter 5: The Language of Music: Articulation and Intonation

Playing Short and Long Notes with Articulation and Phrasing

Ascending and Descending Scales

Getting Down with Dynamics

Bringing dynamics into play

Chapter 6: Have You Got Rhythm?

Feeling Rhythm in Your Body

Clapping yourself free

Going over ten rhythmic clapping exercises

Going from Notes to Songs

Playing a bit of the blues

Playing a pop ballad

Letting Yourself Go with Improvisation

How improvisation works

Improvising with pentatonics

Practicing improvisation exercises

Chapter 7: Scaling New Notes and Expanding Your Range

Discovering the Highs and Lows of the Saxophone

Descending into the low notes

Lower-register exercises

Climbing up to the high notes

High-register exercises

Getting Personal with Scales

Adapting your playing using scales

Getting to know the major scale

Examining the structure of major scales

Remembering flats and sharps

Conquering the Chromatic Scale

Chapter 8: Special Rhythms and Techniques

Getting Into the Swing of the Rhythm

Re-examining the eighth note

Playing with swing

Reaching New Rhythms: Syncopation, Offbeats, and 5/4 Time

Syncopation and offbeats

5/4 Time: “Take Me to 5th Avenue”

Having Fun with Sound Effects




Flutter tonguing

Chapter 9: Getting Down with the Blues

Using the Sax to Play the Blues

The blues scale

The 12-bar blues

Playing the blues

Going from Blues Licks to Your Own Blues Solo

Playing blues licks

The Blues Lick Solo

Playing Your Own Blues Solo

Chapter 10: Jazz — Practice Makes Perfect

Swinging with “Walking Home”

Preliminary rhythmic exercises

Getting down to the song “Walking Home”

Improvising on “Jack the Mack”

First theme

Second theme

Third theme

Solo improvisation

The whole piece

Chapter 11: Rock ’n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues

Rocking and Rolling to Rhythm and Blues

Getting a Rock ’n’ Roll Sound

Playing “Green Potatoes”

Chorus 1 and 4

Chorus 2

Chorus 3

Putting the whole song together

Catching a “Late Night Train”

Taking it chorus by chorus

Playing the whole song

Chapter 12: Getting Your Groove On: Soul and Funk

Getting to Know the Horn Section

Seeing how each horn section is unique

Playing in a horn section: Five tips

Playing the Quick Sixteenth

Doing the math of sixteenth notes

Playing sixteenth-note phrases

Getting Funky with “Brown Sax”

Grooving with “Crushed Ice”

Chapter 13: Latin Music

Diving Into the Diversity of Latin Music

Checking Out Clave

Rhythm exercise 1 — foundations for clave

Rhythm exercise 2 — clapping clave

Spicing Things Up with “Sax con Salsa”

Mastering melody and tones

Seeing the structure and rhythm


Blaming It On the Bossa Nova

Playing “Antonio’s Bossa”

Checking out the parts

Getting the fundamentals

Stars of the Latin Saxophone

Stan Getz (1927–1991)

Paquito D’ Rivera (1948)

Gato Barbieri (1934)

Chris Vadala

David Sanchez (1968)

Wayne Shorter (1933)

Joe Henderson (1937–2001)

Chapter 14: Pop Saxophone: To the Point and Straight to the Heart

Hitting the Highlights of Sax in Pop Music

“Sax on Baker Street”

Careless Sax

Playing Around with Pop Techniques



Grace notes and ornamentation

Overtones and altissimo

False fingering


Playing with Courage, Intensity . . . and Clichés

Decisiveness and courage

Intensity and emotion

Clichés, famous riffs, and originality

Standing in the Spotlight at Showtime!

Styling, outfits, and accessories

Moves and poses

Freedom with a transmitter mic

Feeling Starstruck: The Greatest Pop Saxophonists of All Time

Rudy Pompilli (1924–1976)

Sam Butera (1927–2009)

Phil Woods (1931)

David Sanborn (1945)

Branford Marsalis (1960)

Candy Dulfer (1969)

Clarence Clemons (1942–2011)

Kenny G (1956)

Pete Christlieb (1945)

Michael Brecker (1949–2007)

Chapter 15: Classical Music: The World of Bach, Ravel and Co.

Exploring the Big World of Classical Saxophone

Examining the Repertoire of Classical Saxophone Hits

Orchestral pieces for saxophone

Concert pieces for saxophone

Solo and chamber music for saxophone

Saxophone and . . . Bach?

Stars of classical saxophone

Great saxophone quartets

Getting Serious about Classical Sax

Ideal classical sound

Tuning, dynamics, and virtuosity

Pondering Playing Techniques in Classical and Contemporary Music

Top tones, upper register, and altissimo

Double tonguing

Flutter tonguing

Slap tongue

Circular breathing


Quarter tone technique

Selecting a Mouthpiece for Classical Music

Typical and traditional mouthpieces in classical music

The classical reed

Choosing a saxophone

Playing Bach

Noticing the parts of the piece

Chapter 16: The Right Tools for the Job: Saxophone and Accessories

Selecting Your Saxophone

Looking at top manufacturers and models

Avoiding junk

Being wary of vintage

Looking at Mouthpieces, Reeds, and Ligatures

Considering mouthpiece manufacturers

Seeing reeds

Looking at ligatures

Finding the Right Support with Neck and Shoulder Straps

Protecting Your Sax with a Case

Types of cases

Selecting a case

Taking a (Musical) Stand

Saxophone stands

Music stands

Meeting the Metronome and Tuner

Metronome for time and rhythm

Tuner for being in tune

Chapter 17: Cleaning and Maintenance

Keeping Your Saxophone Clean

Swabbing your saxophone dry

Caring for the mouthpiece and reeds

Fixing a Sticky G# Key

Maintaining Mechanics

A well-oiled instrument

First aid for the saxophone

Storing and Reviving Reeds

Storing a saxophone reed

Adjusting a bad reed

Following Some Final Advice

Chapter 18: Practice Makes Perfect (Saxophonists)

The Nine Commandments of Practicing

Practice undisturbed

Practice regularly

Practice effectively

Listen to yourself

Structure your practice

Use practice resources

Work on technical exercises

Practice with others and through others

Practice with joy

Approaching a New Song

Chapter 19: The Ten Greatest Saxophone Players You Should Know

Lester Young (1909–1959)

Charlie Parker (1920–1955)

Sonny Rollins (1930)

John Coltrane (1926–1967)

Dexter Gordon (1923–1990)

Stan Getz (1927–1991)

Maceo Parker (1943)

David Sanborn (1945)

Michael Brecker (1949–2007)

Jan Garbarek (1947)

Chapter 20: The Ten Most Important Sax Players and Their Best Recordings

Lester Young: “The Lester Young Trio” (1946)

Charlie Parker: “The Savoy and Dial Recordings” (1944–1948)

Sonny Rollins: “Saxophone Colossus” (1956)

Miles Davis with John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley: “Kind Of Blue” (1959)

Dexter Gordon: “A Swinging Affair” (1962)

Stan Getz: “Getz/Gilberto” (1964)

Michael Brecker: “Michael Brecker” (1987)

Maceo Parker: “Life on Planet Groove” (1992)

David Sanborn: “Straight to the Heart” (1984)

Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek: “My Song” (1977)

Appendix A: Reading Music

Appendix B: Fingering Charts

Appendix C: About the CD

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