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Lyn Brown

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Hi. I found this site when surfing for recommendations for Sax beginner tuition books.

I am an older beginner from London and bought an alto sax last month, keen to become Lisa Simpson. I do have a tutor, however he also teaches me the clarinet that I have had for a little longer. I am a gradeless beginner in both instruments but I know both will bring me much pleasure once I master a few key skills like reading music

Keen to purchase play along beginner music, am using the Guest Spot series for the clarinet and would prefer a different set of materials for the sax to mix it up a bit. I'm a trad jazz/blues fan of the earlier part of last century. Any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome

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Welcome to the forum.

I like this, but it contains ballads rather than blues:
Dirko Juchem: Jazz Ballads - Schott.
It comes with a play-along disk. You need to get it for your size of sax (alto or tenor).
 

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Welcome Lyn.
There is Classic Blues in the Guest Spot series for alto, if you haven't come across that one yet.
Another one to try is Easy Gershwin (Oxford Music). It's got piano accompaniment not cd but you'd recognise the melody lines so you can play them solo.
 

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Welcome to the cafe Lyn, from another "older" starter!
It's a great instrument, and this is a great community.
Enjoy your sax! :sax::sax:
 

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Welcome, there are lots of older beginners here, you are in good company.
Enjoy yourself, I suspect that you have discovered that there is a gold mine of information in the older threads.
 

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Hi Lynn
Welcome to the forum. I have only just joined myself. A warm and friendly group.
 

Lyn Brown

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Welcome to the forum.

I like this, but it contains ballads rather than blues:
Dirko Juchem: Jazz Ballads - Schott.
It comes with a play-along disk. You need to get it for your size of sax (alto or tenor).
Perfect. Thank you

Welcome Lyn.
There is Classic Blues in the Guest Spot series for alto, if you haven't come across that one yet.
Another one to try is Easy Gershwin (Oxford Music). It's got piano accompaniment not cd but you'd recognise the melody lines so you can play them solo.
Yes. Have used the Classic Blues for the Clarinet and enjoyed it. Have taken your recommendation and ordered the easy Gershwin. Thank you
 
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Doesn't Lisa Simpson play baritone?

It's been years since I've watched it but thought it was bari shaped...

Actually she plays tenor - with some artistic licence!
Somewhere in some episode, she asks for some tenor sax reeds.
 

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Actually she plays tenor - with some artistic licence!
Somewhere in some episode, she asks for some tenor sax reeds.

Hmmm... having said that, the internet reckons it's a Bari.
Continuity error?...
Why would she ask for Tenor reeds?
And how can a 6(?) year old play Bari :confused::eek:
 

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Welcome to the café Lyn.
Hmmm... having said that, the internet reckons it's a Bari.
Continuity error?...
Why would she ask for Tenor reeds?
And how can a 6(?) year old play Bari :confused::eek:
I remember it as Homer having to get a bari reed for it in a hurry before a concert.
As for how can an 8 year old play bari, it's a cartoon.
 

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Also only 3 fingers and 1 thumb per hand. See i didn't forget her thumb.
 

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Hi Lynn and welcome to the cafe!

When I started learning (tenor) sax, I used the 'Guest Spot' Blues/Jazz books for clarinet. I couldn't play the clarinet range on the sax so my teacher just told me to transpose certain sections by an octave. I think the 'Guest Spot' series has expanded a lot since then and has dedicated sax books.

It's up to you but I can imagine that there are advantages in using the same books both on clarinet and sax. Easier to compare and contrast. Since you have the same tutor for clarinet and alt sax, I would ask her/his advice first on what would benefit both instruments.

Mike
 

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