The Jazz Method for Saxophone

Learn to play the saxophone with a great jazz band!

Since it was first published in 1992, The Jazz Method for Saxophone has helped thousands of beginners of all ages, guiding them from producing their first notes on the saxophone to the performance of great jazz tunes, including compositions by jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.

The revised English edition comes complete with exciting new tunes, a re-recorded audio CD and over 2 hours of demo tracks available as free MP3 downloads. From the very beginning you play with a great jazz band, featuring Phil Lee (guitar), Jeff Clyne and Simon Woolf (bass) and Paul Clarvis and Steve Brown (drums).

Key features:

  • Detailed explanation of the foundation techniques of breathing, embouchure, tonguing and posture.
  • Step-by-step instruction that guides you through a progression of specially written pieces.
  • A logical, systematic approach to learning the rhythmic subtleties of jazz.
  • Clear explanation of all aspects of musical theory.
  • Improvisation is encouraged from the start.
  • Ear-training exercises.
  • Suggestions for listening and reading to help you learn more about jazz.
  • An interesting and musical approach to learning scales and arpeggios, with backing tracks that let you improvise using the scales.
  • Useful advice and information about care of the instrument, reeds, mouthpieces, accessories and transposition.
  • Chord sequences for all the tunes, so that the teacher or another musician can provide a ‘live’ accompaniment.

The Jazz Method for Saxophone is ideal both for teaching yourself and for learning with a teacher.

Critical acclaim for The Jazz Method for Saxophone

The Jazz Method for Saxophone has been in print since 1992. It has been translated into German, French and Italian and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Here is what two great musicians have said about it.

‘A very musical presentation of basic saxophone playing techniques, and since the whole reason for playing the saxophone—or any instrument—is to play the best music posssible, I think this text offers a rare opportunity for a new player (or a more experienced one) to develop a really musical facility as he observes the basic procedures for making a good sound on the saxophone. A welcome addition to the jazz improvising library.’
Lee Konitz, legendary jazz saxophonist.

‘An invaluable guide for today’s saxophone student.’
Don Rendell, great British saxophonist and teacher at The Guildhall School of Music, London.

* Translations of the first edition into French ( & ), German (alto/baritone & tenor/soprano) and Italian (alto/baritone & tenor/soprano) are also available. Customers using other currencies please note that my books are available worldwide from good music shops and online stores.