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The Complete Saxophone Player - Book 1 Paperback – January 1, 1992


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  • Series: Complete Saxophone Player (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America; Edition Unstated edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711908877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711908871
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've read 4 different series of "teach yourself saxophone" books and the "Complete" series by Mr. Ravenscroft is by far the best and most interesting I've found. The songs are fun and get you playing quickly. The instruction is great. The 2nd and 3rd are the most important to own and take you from beginer to player.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga on December 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading this first book one discovers that Mr. Ravenscroft is not only a superb sax player -just listen to Pink Floyd's The Final Cut to take a sample- but a remarkable teacher also. The book itself starts with the obvious very basics you need to knowing the instrument. Then step by step introduces posture, breathing, embouchure and fingering techniques. And for those unpacients, the first sound comes just befor mid-book. From there on simple tunes are presented in an easy way, so anyone can play his first ¨solo gigs¨ in a matter of days.
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As a former saxophone player back in high school and someone who loves music, I love picking up my old saxophone (which i haven't touched in ages) and trying to play music. I purchased this book to help recover my lost knowledge and for easier songs to get me back into playing again. I thought that the book was very well structured and would work well for someone new to the saxophone or someone who just has not played in years and wants to get back into playing again soon.
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By Paul George on January 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have purchased books 1, 2, and 3; this review applies only to those volumes, and it is written from the point of view of an adult who is not involved in a school band program. There is much to like about this series, including the author's taking the trouble to do some actual teaching through the written word (so many music-lesson books are too short on instruction: the Rubank books, for example). The text is mostly useful, especially in book 1, which covers introductory material in a thorough, step-by-step fashion, just what a self-teaching student needs, particularly the adult beginner. The music notation is clearly presented, mostly short excerpts in book 1, and includes some standards that most saxophonists will want to play. I would have preferred a different layout for these books, in landscape format, but that is not the default model for such books today (it was the default till the 19th century). The author's terminology is British, and occasionally he does give the U.S. equivalent names for note values (minims & crochets, etc.). The photo illustrations for new fingerings are quite clear in books 1 and 2, but those in book 3 lack contrast and are nearly useless.
Now for some caveats. Books 1 and 2 maintain a pretty high level of material, but book 3 delves into playing styles and other matters that are less easy to talk about. The amount of text in book 3 shows a falling off: the explanation of the circle of fifths is among the least helpful I've seen, and its application to the saxophone is rather left hanging. The same goes for the material on musical keys, where the "charts" for same are given without verbal support (e.g., how to finger a chromatic scale, or any scale).
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