About THE SAXOPHONE BOOK…
THE SAXOPHONE BOOK comes from the innovative and creative mind of 3x Grammy winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu'tet). This 3-volume set is an extraordinarily thoughtful dissection and presentation of the musical fundamentals that Jeff calls "The Big 5".
Jeff believes that fundamentals are the ‘roots’ of musical learning and, in order for the student to grow, they need strong roots. These books help develop and/or strengthen the fundamentals using a variety of creative and fun musical concepts, exercises, and ideas. From developing life long practice habits to sharing personal and philosophical ideas about music and musical spirit, Coffin has codified, and now made available, the wide array of materials that have made him one of the most recognized and sought after players, and educators, on today’s scene.
How to USE THE SAXOPHONE BOOK...
It's very simple. A metronome, tuner, patience, and good practice habits are all you need. These books are designed to allow students to 'self-progress'. However, Jeff always recommends some kind of consistent private instruction when possible.
To get started, read through the intro pages. Then, start with Book 1, exercise #1. Choose a slow tempo on your metronome and start playing. Move your tempo up as you get more comfortable with each exercise. These exercises should be repeated. Many times. Remember, it's a PROCESS. Through repetition comes magic...
The results are many and will occur rapidly! Superior listening, tone, dynamics, intonation, articulation, rhythm, time, and a deep understanding of harmony are all results of working on fundamentals. Every musician i know continues to work on the fundamentals throughout their career. It's a never ending process. When the student has made a thoughtful study of these 3 volumes, they will have a much deeper understanding of the fundamentals as well as a high level of technical proficiency and musical competency on their instrument.
These are also great books for a more seasoned player looking for different ways of approaching material they have already studied. This is a tried and true method!
A little HISTORY...
For well over 15 years, since the early Bela Fleck & the Flecktones days (late 20th Century), Coffin has worked on and developed this material. He began compiling exercises for his students in Finale, and later Sibelius, so as to avoid writing the same things out time and again. This snowballed into Jeff entering hundreds of pages of his personal exercises into the computer. What you see here is the result of that work. Literally, hundreds, and likely, thousands of hours have been spent putting these books together in as concise and clear a way as possible to benefit the student. But, what to call it? After hours of deliberation, brainstorming, looking up words in the dictionary, writing down combinations of words and phrases on paper, and mumbling to himself through a closed hand so as to not be heard mumbling to himself, Coffin finally came up with an astonishingly brilliant title...THE SAXOPHONE BOOK - Ok, maybe it's not so astonishing but it seems appropriate since every time Jeff talked about it he would start off by saying "So, I'm writing this saxophone book..."
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Table of ContentsBOOK 1 - PAGE NUMBER / CONTENT 001) Book 1 - Table of Contents 003) Welcome Page 004) Disclaimer 005) 'Must Hear' Sax Players 006) 'Must Hear' Recordings 007) THE BIG 5 - Fundamentals 008) Fundamentals Are Fundamental 009) How To Practice 010) Strengths&Weaknesses / Short&Long Term Goals 011) Saxophone Equipment Tips 012) (F)* LISTENING - Thoughts 013) (F) LISTENING - Questions *(F) denotes a Big 5 Fundamental 014) Why Scales? MAJOR SCALES&MODES IONIAN 016) Major Scales/Modes/Chord Qualities 017) Major Scales - Chromatic 1 019) Major Scales - Chromatic 2 021) Major Scales - Circle of 4ths 023) Major 7th Arpeggios - Rotating Chromatic 025) Major 7th Arpeggios 027) Major Modes - Circle of 4ths 030) Major Scales in 3rds 032) Major Scales - start on lowest possible note 037) Ionian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 040) Ionian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone DORIAN 044) Dorian - Circle of 4ths 046) Dorian - Chromatic 047) Dorian Modes in 3rds 049) Dorian Mode Arpeggios 052) Dorian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 055) Dorian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone PHRYGIAN 059) Phrygian - Circle of 4ths 060) Phrygian - Chromatic 061) Phrygian Modes in 3rds 063) Phrygian Mode Arpeggios 067) Phrygian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 071) Phrygian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone LYDIAN 075) Lydian - Circle of 5ths 077) Lydian - Chromatic 079) Lydian Modes in 3rds 081) Lydian Mode Arpeggios 085) Lydian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 090) Lydian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone MIXOLYDIAN 095) Mixolydian - Circle of 5ths 097) Mixolydian - Chromatic 099) Mixolydian Modes in 3rds 101) Mixolydian Mode Arpeggios 105) Mixolydian Modes 5/8 #1 roots in whole tone 109) Mixolydian Modes 5/8 #2 roots in whole tone AEOLIAN 113) Aeolian - circle of 4ths 115) Aeolian - Chromatic 116) Aeolian Modes in 3rds 118) Aeolian Mode Arpeggios 122) Aeolian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 126) Aeolian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone LOCRIAN 130) Locrian - Circle of 4ths 132) Locrian - Chromatic 134) Locrian Modes in 3rds 136) Locrian Modes Arpeggios 139) Locrian Modes 5/8 #1 - roots in whole tone 143) Locrian Modes 5/8 #2 - roots in whole tone 147) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Thoughts 148) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Questions 149) Thoughts On Improvisation 150) Various Elements Of Improvisation 152) (F) ARTICULATION Thoughts 153) (F) ARTICULATION Questions 154) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Thoughts 155) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Questions 156) The Transparency Of Sound 157) Taking Your Improvisation To The Next Level In 10 Steps 158) (F) HARMONY Thoughts 159) (F) HARMONY Questions 160) Thoughts... 161) Influences 163) JC Answers Big 5 Fundamental Questions 171) Thanks