The Saxophone Book: Book 3

The Saxophone Book: Book 3

by Jeff Coffin

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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".

1) Listening

2) Tone/Dynamics

3) Articulation

4) Rhythm/Time

5) Harmony



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.



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..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998073958
Publisher: Jeff Coffin
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Series: Saxophone Book , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 146
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

JEFF COFFIN is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator and author who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck&the Flecktones, and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with Dave Matthews, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin&the Mu'tet, teaches at Vanderbilt University, presents clinics around the world, and, in 2015, established the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective in Nashville, TN. In 2011 he started Ear Up Records as a place for emerging as well as established talent. As a studio musician, Coffin has played on hundreds of recordings and is regarded as one of the top players in his profession. As a heavily in-demand D'addario and Yamaha Clinician, Coffin has presented well over 300 music clinics around the world to students in the US, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Canada and Mexico to rave reviews. For more, please visit

Table of Contents

BOOK 3 - PAGE NUMBER / CONTENT 001) Book 3 - Table of Contents 003) Welcome Page 004) Disclaimer 005) Enharmonic Equivalence 006) 'Must Hear' Sax Players 007) 'Must Hear' Recordings 008) THE BIG 5 - Fundamentals 009) Fundamentals Are Fundamental 010) How To Practice 011) Strengths&Weaknesses / Short&Long Term Goals 012) Saxophone Equipment Tips 013) (F)* LISTENING - Thoughts 014) (F) LISTENING - Questions (F)* denotes a fundamental 015) APPLYING THE INFO 016) INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE analysis 017) (C)** THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE (C)** denotes a concert pitch chart INTERVALLIC RELATIONSHIPS 020) Chromatic&Rotating minor 2nds 021) Chromatic Major 2nds 022) Chromatic&Rotating Major 2nds 023) Chromatic&Rotating minor 3rds 024) Chromatic minor 3rds 025) Chromatic&Rotating Major 3rds 026) Chromatic Major 3rds 027) Chromatic&Rotating Perfect 4ths 028) Chromatic Perfect 4ths 029) Chromatic&Rotating Tri-Tones 030) Chromatic Tri-Tones 031) Chromatic&Rotating Perfect 5ths 032) Chromatic Perfect 5ths 033) Chromatic&Rotating Augmented 5ths 034) Chromatic Augmented 5ths 035) Chromatic&Rotating Major 6ths 036) Chromatic Major 6ths 037) Chromatic&Rotating minor 7ths 038) Chromatic minor 7ths 039) Chromatic&Rotating Major 7ths 040) Chromatic Major 7ths 041) Tri-Tone combinations 044) Chromatic 4ths to minor 3rds descending 045) Major 6th, minor 3rd, Perfect 4th 046) Perfect 4th, minor 2nd, Perfect 5th 047) Perfect 5th, minor 2nd, Perfect 4th 048) Perfect 4th to minor 3rd augmented root movement 049) Perfect 4th to Major 3rd 050) 3/4/1 Major Tri-Tone Substitutions 051) 3/4/1 Major Descending Chromatic 052) 3/4/1 Major Chromatic Half Steps 053) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Thoughts 054) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Questions 055) Thoughts On Improvisation 056) A JOE JONES analysis 058) (C) A JOE JONES 059) b7 1 #4 3 Pattern 1 060) b7 1 #4 3 Pattern 2 063) 4ths - Whole Tone Roots 064) 4ths - Diminished Roots 065) 4ths - Approached Chromatically/descending 066) 4ths - Approached Chromatically diminished Roots 067) 4ths&minor 3rds - roots in 4ths 068) 4ths&minor 3rds diminished root movement 069) 4ths&minor 3rds / Chromatic 070) (F) ARTICULATION Thoughts 071) (F) ARTICULATION Questions 072) UNCLE SALTY analysis 073) (C) UNCLE SALTY 075) Chromatic major Pentatonics - descending 076) Chromatic major Pentatonics - ascending 077) Chromatic minor Pentatonics descending minor b3 078) Chromatic minor Pentatonics ascending minor b3 079) Chromatic minor Pentatonics descending b3/b6 080) Chromatic minor Pentatonics ascending b3/b6 081) Chromatic minor Pentatonics descending b2/b3/b6 082) Chromatic minor Pentatonics ascending b2/b3/b6 083) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Thoughts 084) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Questions 085) The Transparency Of Sound 086) Taking Your Improvisation To The Next Level in 10 Steps 087) Major b9 (b2) Triads - chromatic roots 089) Major b9 (b2) Triads (5/8) 090) Major 7 b9 (b2) Arpeggios - diminished roots (5/8&6/8 alternating) 093) Major 6th, Whole Step, Tri-Tone 094) Major 6th, ½ step, Perfect 5th 095) (F) HARMONY Thoughts 096) (F) HARMONY Questions 097) Lydian Dominant Scales (Dominant 7 #11) 099) Dominant 7th Chords - fully altered 101) Dominant Chords - fully altered/scale form 103) Dominant 7th&Dim 7th partially inverted 105) Close Major Chromatic Arpeggios in inversion 107) Same Root/Different 7th Chord 119) Tone Rows 120) Various Elements Of Improvisation ii/V/I Patterns - WHOLE TONE Patterns - DIMINISHED Patterns 122) ii-V7-I Arpeggios (Major) 123) ii-V7-I Pattern 1 125) 1 2 3 5 Pattern (ii-V7-I major) 126) ii-V7-I Pattern 2 127) Whole Tone Arpeggios 128) Whole Tone Arpeggios - ascending 129) Whole Tones in 3rds - ascending 130) Whole Tone in Tri-Tones - ascending 131) Diminished Pattern 132) Thoughts... 133) Influences 135) JC Answers Fundamental Questions 143) Thanks

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