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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is a very basic intro to playing the saxophone, as the text indicates. In that regard the book is decent. What really let me down was two things found in many other intro books. 1. There is no play along CD. 2. The example tunes the author has you learn on are only very short parts of a song - like 8 measures at most. There are many better books out there.
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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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I can't really rate this book badly, but it is only useful if you have never picked up a sax before. We're talking BASIC. The redeeming feature is that you play snatches of popular tunes in the learning process rather than having to slog through "Oh, Susanna!" or "Red River Valley." It does lack an accompanying CD, which in my mind knocks it down a notch also. I would highly recommend trying to physically view the whole 4-book collection at the library or a music store to find the appropriate jumping in point on this series.
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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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