John O'Neill

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Following on from the best-selling Jazz Method for Saxophone, Developing Jazz Technique for Saxophone will help the intermediate player take their jazz skills to a new level. The 22 pieces are written in a variety of styles, including blues, swing, New Orleans, ragtime, jazz waltz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, calypso, reggae and South African. Particular emphasis is given to helping the student improvise over chord sequences, such as the II-V-I progression. Idiomatic effects like vibrato, subtone, glissandi, and ‘bending’ notes are dealt with, and there is a special chapter on overtones. Several new scales are introduced, including the whole-tone and diminished scales, and a section dedicated to patterns contains many ideas for practising in all twelve keys. A superb rhythm section provides backing for all the pieces and exercises on the accompanying CD.

Developing Jazz Technique for saxophone
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Developing Jazz Technique for Saxophone
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