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- Just north of Munich
Yes.I agree, but you'll be contravening Mr Teal's rules.
I've never found Teal's book very helpful, to be honest. Apart from the embouchure exercises, there's not much in there about what to do to improve. For example, page after page about what shape facial skeleton you ought to have or you might as well not bother. But almost nothing about how to form and develop a useful embouchure.
Rob Bucklands book, that I keep banging on about, has been a revelation to me. After reading it and working through some of the earler stages, I now feel like I pretty much know how to play the saxophone. Being able to play it is a very different matter of course, but knowing what your aiming at (and how to work towards that goal) is a very important step, IMO.
Those criticisms have mainly if not entirely come from me. I'm simply expressing an honestly held opinion. I think new players will find much more that they can actually use in learning the saxophone in Buckland's book than they will in Teal's. I know for a fact that I personally have done so. It's not a "method book", it goes much deeper than that. I feel it deserves more publicity than it's been getting, hence the repeated plugs I've been giving it here.My concern that prompted this lengthy appeal, is simply the fear that new players will read the various criticisms of this work on this forum, and dismiss it out of hand. That would be unfortunate since there is a wealth of information that they will surely miss that can't help but make them a better saxophonist and musician.
Oops! Well, just to cover my back a bit:I bought Teal's book years ago, and must confess I haven't used it much. This thread will make me revisit it.
By the way Martin, I'm another one who is getting Rob Buckland's book for christmas on your recommendation. It had better be good!
Teal's book can be helpful for beginners, intermediate players, and even advanced players. I used his "reference" extensively while preparing for my Master's Recital on saxophone, and in writing my thesis on saxophone pedagogy. I have used the information in the book for over 30 years in my teaching.
I'm relieved it's only my subscription that's in peril ;}.Martin.... No backtracking now, if this book by Buckland is not a masterpiece your subscription to MaSLM will be terminated.......
What I particularly like about the book is that it gives you ways of training yourself, rather than just prescriptions about what should happen when everything's going perfectly.
As a "main book" no. As a reference to be used along with a good beginning method book---a resounding yes! The chapters entitled "Playing Position", "The Breathing Technique", "The Embouchure", "Developing the Technique", and "Attack and Release" contain information that can help teach and reinforce the specifics of good playing habits for those just starting out. The chapters on vibrato, intonation, staccato, articulation, phrasing and interpretation, doubling, and altissimo will become useful as the saxophone student progresses. I have used the Rubank Method Books for many years, which were the "gold standard" of methods for a long time. However nowadays there are scores of excellent saxophone method books to use for individual or like instrument class instruction. As far as the Teal book goes, at only about £11 it is the best money a student of the saxophone will ever spend.Would you recommend it as main book for absolute beginners (aged 9 - 12)? Any alternative?
Thank you in advance.