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The ultimate guide to playing the saxophone – for anyone from beginners to professionals.

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  • Endorsed by Jazz greats Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, George Garzone, Jamey Aebersold, David Berkman, Walt Weiskopf, Steve Wilson, etc.
  • Rooted in practical skills and going far beyond theory, The Jazz Saxophone Book will improve your ability to construct beautiful, flowing solo lines.
  • Videos – The book includes access to over 30 videos of the author demonstrating ideas in the book.
  • Transcriptions – Includes hundreds of examples of solo phrases by the masters of jazz saxophone.

For the beginning improviser, the book covers:

  • Creative ways to work on sound, time and building a jazz vocabulary
  • Connecting your soloing with your internal singing voice
  • Foundational jazz harmony – what you need to know!

For intermediate players, the book offers:

  • In-depth treatment of jazz harmony, with copious examples from the masters of the tradition
  • Ideas for becoming a musical storyteller
  • Skills needed to show up at a jam session and confidently perform a tune

For more advanced players, the book discusses:

  • Using advanced harmony to build and release tension
  • Taking jazz vocabulary, harmony and form into the realm of freedom
  • How to practice efficiently to become a well-rounded, continually improving soloist

Welcome to The Jazz Saxophone Book

Video 1: Frere Jacques

Video 2: Frere Jacques Different Keys

Video 3: Frere Jacques Variations

Video 4: Make the Piano Sing

Video 5: Long Tones Exercise

To access more videos from the book and to see performance videos from Tim’s various projects around the world, visit