Taming The Saxophone vol 3Exercises, patterns, scales & licks for intermediate to advanced players. See examples in this section
Lots of great stuff for myself and my students - I wish I'd had the book fifteen years ago! -Dan Forshaw
A great book, I use it every day to keep the chops in order - Bobby Wellins
Warming up, playing faster and playing more creatively
In this section you can see many of the exercises and patterns presented in Taming The Saxophone volume III. We start off with a wonderful daily warmup exercise and then progress through different types of fingering patterns and licks for jazz, blues and rock playing.
Why is it important to warm up first?
This first of exercise will get your fingers loosened up. Just like an athlete, it is best to stretch your muscles before sprinting. However, this is not only a physical (fingering) exercise but it is also great at focussing your mind so that you are practising thoughtfully, not just fingering “muscle memory.” This exercise will also help you think about some of basic chords that we use for improvising, and how they fit in with the scales and arpeggio practise.
Timing and Articulation.
All throughout this course, I am going to emphasise the importance of playing evenly – many people start to play fast before they can play at an even tempo, which results in sloppy timing. Just as a drummer practises rolls very slowly to begin with to make sure the strokes are even, that is what we need to do on the saxophone.
Even when you have progressed quite a way through the exercises at a good tempo, the warmup exercises are great to get you (and keep you) grounded and focussed.