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Sight Reading books

Nick Cook

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Can anyone suggest a book to help improve my sight reading skills? I'd like a book with a CD, so that when I've attempted the exercise I can check that I've done it correctly.

I have the ABRSM aural tests book, but:

1) my teacher doesn't want me learning them before she can use them to test me, and

2) It doesn't have a CD with the correct playing.
 

Jules

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brighton by the sea
Can anyone suggest a book to help improve my sight reading skills? I'd like a book with a CD, so that when I've attempted the exercise I can check that I've done it correctly.

I have the ABRSM aural tests book, but:

1) my teacher doesn't want me learning them before she can use them to test me, and

2) It doesn't have a CD with the correct playing.
I'd just grab a few Hal Leonard playalongs-they have dots in C, Eb and Bb plus a playalong CD (each track twice, once with lead instrument, once without)- pick up a few good tunes while working on your reading.
 

half diminished

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I'd agree and also get a Jazz Real book of some description so you are learning to sight read the tunes you will eventually want to play.
 

Mamos

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Falmouth Cornwall
I use the jazz method book by John O Neil

Very very good

I have always found it very difficult to learn to read music but I am really enjoying it now and my sight reading is coming on in leaps and bounds.

Also it is aimed at the adult player so you don't get things loke three blind mice etc.

I have just got hold of a copy of the ABRSM jazz level 1 tunes and I am really looking forward to practising with this tonight

mamos
 

Lloyd

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Hertfordshire
I am currently working my way through Creative Saxophone by Santin & Clark. This is aimed at beginners and introduces improvisation, although there are three books in the series, the other two are entitled Creative Saxophone Workbook and Creative Saxophone Improvisation and are for imtermediate players. All come with a CD and are available at Jazzwize, so a percentage goes to Pete's charity, although the Improvisation book was out of stock when I went to buy so had to go elsewhere.

I havent' moved on to the other two yet but I can thoroughly recommend the first and I'm having a lot of fun playing along to the backing tracks, which are available for both alto and tenor. There is a good mix of theory and practical.
 

VirusKiller

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Milton Keynes (ish)
I am currently working my way through Creative Saxophone by Santin & Clark.
This has just been suggested to me by my teacher (Karen Sharp) for "reading" purposes. Although everything in the first half of the book will probably be rather basic for me, the idea is for me to work through each lesson, no matter how noddy, to brush up my reading (and timing) skills. I'm going to give it a go, and I like the fact it's not aimed at classical or kids.
 

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