Just bought Taming the Saxophone III

Great, let us know how you get on with on it :)

Jx
 
I'm sure you will learn a lot from the book

Enjoy :)

Ps. I would still purchase John O'Neill's ;)
 
I really rate both volumes. 1 is great for tone. I use both in my daily practice now.
 
Vol III is great.

If I had only one book it would be this one.

I haven't got Vol I, but as I intend getting an alto for Junior to try when I am less broke maybe I should get it anyway, and try it out... this old dog is open to trying new tricks - questioning fundamentals every so often isn't a bad idea. Also it sounds as if it would be a great help giving me ideas on explaining things to Junior.
 
I got both books around christmas.

The vol 1 book is a nice approach to tone exercises and has worked wonders to my embouchoure. For some reason I dont know, these exercises have helped me play from sop to bari with a similar way. Its a different approach from ben britton's on how to shape your tone but really usefull. i think those 2 books are invaluable and much more CLEAR for those that self study like me. Literature like dave liebman's or sigmund rascher or e.rousseau are books designed to be taught with a teacher.

The vol 3 is a great collection of pattern drills. Coming from an other instrument (piano) where i have a diploma eqv education, this book really helps the mind and the fingers cooperate. And that a big deal. Its for those that want to get eveness of tone and to train their ear in all keys. Its like a sax version of Hanon to me and it helps me have in one place interesting and effective repetitive technical exercises. I feel my fingers getting there with more confidence and after only some months of playing at rather slow speed with my metronome these exercises, i can feel its influence when i improvise, because if i think certain note sequences i can play them without thinking. For a guy like me that has learned visualizing melodies and theory on the piano keyboard, a book like this that trains my mind into thinking the sax way and not inteprenting what i play on the piano into sax is a treasure.

These books are cheap, and can save you from lots of time wasted in searching for advice.
Great respect to mr thomas that shares a lot of his knowledge in this forum and through his books.

Vol 2 is the most difficult volume to publish because there a lot of things to cover and i cant wait for it.

S.
 
Last edited:
I got both books around christmas.

The vol 1 book is a nice approach to tone exercises and has worked wonders to my embouchoure. For some reason I dont know, these exercises have helped me play from sop to bari with a similar way. Its a different approach from ben britton's on how to shape your tone but really usefull. .

Vol 1 is not actually meant to tell you how to shape your tone, it's mainly about how to be in control. Maybe that is the same thing, what I don't try to do is tell people what to sound like. Some of this book is quite advanced, the overtone exercises go from basic overtones right through to very tricky ones so ideally it'sa book you can use from absolute beginner stages right through to advanced pro tone technique.
 
Just to say, I have practiced exercises up to series 3 in VOL III. Some of the exercises I have not done in all keys. I feel these exercises have given me more confidence.... I hope I will remain motivated to work on this book.
 
I've been curious about this book. Is it sent by mail or is it a download? I'm in western Canada so I'm wondering about the cheapest way to buy it without the postage killing me.
 
I've been curious about this book. Is it sent by mail or is it a download? I'm in western Canada so I'm wondering about the cheapest way to buy it without the postage killing me.

It's a real book (no not a "Real Book", an actual book with paper pages.. And international postage to Canada is only £4.50
 
It's a real book (no not a "Real Book", an actual book with paper pages.. And international postage to Canada is only £4.50

Cool, I prefer actual books; something I can put on my music stand instead of putting my laptop on my workbench in the basement and trying to read music off it. I just purchased it and look forward to receiving it.
 
Cool, I prefer actual books; something I can put on my music stand instead of putting my laptop on my workbench in the basement and trying to read music off it. I just purchased it and look forward to receiving it.


Let us know how you get on with it :)

Jx
 

Similar threads

Back
Top Bottom