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"This is a terrific book on an often neglected yet integral part of saxophone playing. I recommend Ben's book to every serious saxophonist." --Walt Weiskopf


"...a highly-concentrated, efficient approach to tone production." - Bret Pimentel, bretpimentel.com

About the Author

Saxophonist Ben Britton is an active educator and performer in the U.S. His talents as a musician and composer were first nationally recognized in 2007 when he was selected to participate in a residency at the Kennedy Center as part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Following that, Britton recorded and performed with both world renown musicians like Chris Potter and Bobby Sanabria as well as rising stars from the younger generation. His most recent recording as a leader, an EP titled Children at Play, features Philadelphia based musicians and a unique brand of jazz with influences ranging from African music to modern rock. He also performed on the album Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! which was nominated for best Latin Jazz Album at the 2011 Latin Grammys. In 2012, Britton participated in two national saxophone competitions placing as a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival National Saxophone Competition and winning the 1st Annual Charlie Parker Cutting Contest hosted by NPR's 12th Street Jump.

As a music educator Britton's endeavors are numerous and varied. He has held adjunct teaching positions at various colleges including University of Pennsylvania and Ursinus College. With his brother, John, he developed a curriculum for learning to improvise over odd time signatures including play-alongs of original compositions, recordings of solos by Chris Potter over those compositions, and transcriptions and solo analyses as well. The curriculum was released in tandem with their record, Uncertain Living, and can now be found on his website. Britton also writes a blog, Everything Saxophone, that features equipment reviews and various articles on saxophone technique and jazz improvisation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480131474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480131477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a professional jazz saxophone player for 20 years, and taught jazz saxophone at the college level for five years. This book is the best book on saxophone tone production I have ever seen, for several reasons. First of all, there are many books out there that contain some really good exercises for learning to control the tone, such as overtone exercises, bending exercises, mouthpiece exercises, etc. But those books lack one important detail---the don't tell you *how* to do the exercises. Britton's book contains all those standard exercises, but he also gives thoughtful, lucid, specific (and correct!) descriptions of the kinds of movements your lips, jaw, tongue, and vocal tract will need to make in order to perform the exercises given. For example, when he talks about bending exercises (which he rightly calls "tongue bends"), he makes the insightful comment that the front of the tongue should stay up while the back drops down to change the pitch. This kind of instruction is invaluable to a student who, swimming in an ocean of exercises, needs not only to be told what exercises to work on, but *how* to do them in the first place.

I would recommend this book to any saxophone student who wishes to cultivate a mature, focused tone. Saxophone teachers, this should be required reading for your students. I wish I could have read this book when I was coming along. This book, along with David Liebman's book "Developing a Personal Saxophone Tone" are the best books on tone production.
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I've been taking alto lessons for two years as an adult. Working through method books, but no detailed explanation or exercises to develop a strong sound. This book lays is out, details how things fit together, has exercises to demonstrate and to develop the ideas. I haven't seen or heard this anywhere else. This has become a foundation for practice exercises. Ever want more guidance than "practice long tones"? It's here.
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I'm playing sax for 10 years and bought this read when I was in the middle of changing my embochure and tongue position. The tips in the book helped me a lot with the understanding of mondern sound developpement. I bought the ebook-version and read it on my smartphone. It's not a large book but clear and concise. Read it in 2 days and was ready to go change my sound :)
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