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This is the perfect foundation for learning jazz. --Jamey Aebersold

This book is a monument to Greg Fishman's superb teaching skills, as well as his clear understanding of the jazz student's early needs. --Jerry Coker

This book is the perfect introduction to the jazz idiom for younger players. --Alan Barnes

This book is a monument to Greg Fishman's superb teaching skills, as well as his clear understanding of the jazz student's early needs. --Jerry Coker

This book is the perfect introduction to the jazz idiom for younger players. --Alan Barnes

About the Author

Saxophonist and flutist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, author, teacher and clinician. Born in Chicago in 1967, he began playing professionally at age fourteen. Greg graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a degree in Jazz Performance, and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He is among the foremost experts on the music of Stan Getz and is the author of three Getz transcription books published by Hal Leonard. His self-published books, Jazz Saxophone Etudes, Jazz Saxophone Duets, and Jazz Trumpet Duets are in circulation worldwide and have been endorsed by top educators and jazz performers, including Michael Brecker, Jerry Coker and Phil Woods. Greg is a contributing author of jazz theory articles for Jazz Improv magazine, JAZZed, Chicago Jazz Magazine, IAJE Jazz Educators Journal, and was featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal, for whom he also writes. He is the author of the liner notes for the Verve reissue of the Getz recording The Steamer. Greg has toured and performed worldwide with his own group, and with such artists as Phil Woods, the Woody Herman Band, Louis Bellson, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Clark Terry, Jackie and Roy, Don Menza, Ira Sullivan, Judy Roberts, Jeremy Monteiro, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Harry Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, and Benny Golson. Greg is the co-founder, along with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist, Paulinho Garcia, of the award-winning duo, Two for Brazil. They perform worldwide, and have recorded five CDs. Greg s additional discography features jazz releases in the U.S., Singapore, and Japan. In addition to clubs and concerts in the U.S., Greg has been featured at the Concord-Fujitsu jazz festival in Japan, the NorthSea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and in numerous concerts in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, China and Israel. Greg teaches jazz master classes and college workshops nationally and internationally, and is on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. When not on tour, Greg is based in the Chicago and Phoenix areas where he performs locally and teaches at Greg Fishman Jazz Studios. ...His solos are shrewdly conceived yet delivered with apparent ease and elegance. He develops harmonies that sometimes startle the ear as he forges lines that take unexpected twists and turns... Chicago Tribune Greg Fishman dares to explore new musical heights. Every lesson in Greg s books is a must for all musicians, and this latest book is no exception. Greg, you ve done a beautiful, musical thing again! James Moody
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Greg Fishman Jazz Studios; 2nd edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976615363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976615361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Raymond Davis on August 14, 2009
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This book is written and produced by an extremely accomplished sax musician. I worked through some of his more advanced books (didn't do that well with those) but the 10 songs and accompanying CD in this book are superb. There is a separate CD for Alto or Tenor Sax. The odd numbered tracks of the CD feature Greg and a great jazz group accompaniment. You hear him play relatively simple songs WITH great articulation and dynamics and musicality. You hear what the song should sound like with a real pro. The second track of the song (even numbers) is just the background group (great musicians). You get to play Greg's part and try to emulate what an accomplished sax player does. Just like playing with a great jazz group. It's challenging and excellent ear and embouchure training. You strive to achieve sustained, musically pleasant long notes. It builds up your embouchure, vibrato, and forces you to get better at breath control. As I learned five years ago when I started the sax, it's any easy instrument to play--it's a hard instrument to play WELL.

I'm in my 50's--I'm no kid. I played guitar in a professional rock band in my youth--so I have musical talent. I've been playing sax for five years now. I have 10-12 other duet books with CD's which I have learned from and enjoy playing. This book is by far the best for the experience of learning how to judge and improve your sound, get a good feeling for jazz, and the simple enjoyment of playing along with a great jazz group. It's the best $24.95 I have ever spent for a book that will improve my playing IMMENSELY! I used it for about 4 weeks now. Once I master all the nuances of the songs and the playing tips Greg provides in the beginning, I will be able to move on to his more advanced books with confidence.

Thank you Greg for finally putting together this "beginner's" book. You will make me a much better musician. There is hope for my playing.
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By tela on April 20, 2010
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I can't say this book is amazing but it is helpful. My biggest complaint is the price. It really is too much to pay for only a limited amount of information and some play along tracks.

Pros:
1. You really do get a chance to hear what the song could/should be played like. Fishman plays very well and fortunately his style isn't so unique that you can't mimic it to some degree. Don't get me wrong, you have to be a very advanced player to match him perfectly, but playing along with him you feel like you are doing pretty well. It is also nice to hear how articulations should be read.
2. A separate rhythm track allows you to really hear how you sound on your own.
3. The sheet music is done by computer, not like some jazz books that are copies of what looks like hand-written notes.
4. The songs are modern-ish, somewhat original, and even 2-3 of them are fun to play.

Cons;
1. Already mentioned price. I think if maybe they didn't laminate the cover and just used paper the book could be cheaper.
2. There is only a very small amount of information in the beginning of the book on phrasing. It's unfortunate since that is the title of the book and it doesn't quite get down to a beginner level. Most of learning is by doing, but I just didn't feel like enough basic instructions on playing jazz or making phrases was provided.
3. Not very many songs. (value is low)

I was really hoping this book would be a little more helpful, but unfortunately it seems like he has set up his books with only a limited amount of information/playing so you are forced to buy the next level up sooner than your wallet has been replenished.

If anyone can recommend some better alternatives, please comment below.
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This is a terrific, although short, collection of jazz pieces for the improving saxophonist. The pieces are very clever, and not at all hard to play, provided you've mastered basic sax technique. There is little in the way of instruction; the idea is to play along with the accompanying CD, first along with the recorded sax solo, then (as you gain proficiency) with the rhythm section alone. The goal is to learn jazz style and phrasing by ear, not by word, and I think there's a good deal of wisdom in that approach. (Although I say that they're not hard to play, this is still a substantial jump from the typical "play along" collection.) As in all of Greg Fishman's books, the sax part is the same for alto or tenor, but there is a separate CD for each instrument, transposed to the proper key. [There is also an iPad version, with one less song, which is a nice idea too; the pages turn automatically with the backing track.] As a latecomer to sax (former amateur clarinetist) I've had a lot of fun playing these, and I think they've helped me a lot.
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Wow, this is just what I was looking for to get back into playing saxophone. It's challenging enough, and once you learn it you can play along with the Cd like a professional. It's a real confidence booster. It you like jazz saxophone, this is a must have starting out.
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Great book! Definitely helps with your jazz phrasing whether you read or improvise.
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