|S007: The Orchestral Saxophonist, Volume One by Bruce Ronkin and Robert Frascotti. Roncorp Publications, 1978/2009, SS, 68 pages. The Orchestral Saxophonist has been written to provide the musician with a comprehensive preview of the work he or she will be required to perform. The book contains about 40 excerpts, including works of Bizet, Britten, Gershwin, Khachaturian, Ravel, Shostakovich, Vaughn Williams, Villa-Lobos and many more. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return.|
|S008: The Orchestral Saxophonist, Volume Two
Ronkin and Robert Frascotti. Roncorp Publications, 1984, SS, 48 pages.
This volume is a continuation of Volume One. The book contains 27
including works of Bartok, Berg, Bernstein, Hindemith, Ives, Milhaud,
Stravinsky, Webern and more.Click on the cover
image to view Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button
return. NOTE: The book is not currently available. The publisher is
currently in the process of obtaining copyright clearance for a
reprinting. This can take several months. If you order it. will
keep your order on record until it is available.
|S367: The Altissimo Primer
by Paul Cohen. To the Fore
Publishers, 2007, SS, 45 pages. This book serves as an
introduction to the development of altissimo as a natural extension of
range. It provides an overview of the overtones and a set of fingerings
for the altissimo. Most of the books is devoted to a series of
exercises focusing on Scales and Arpeggios, The Equality of Registers,
and Cultivating an Artistic Facility.
|S854: Altissimo Studies for
by Todd Rewoldt. Radnofsky Couper Editions, 2010, SS, 34 pages. The
focus of these studies is not to teach the basics of performing in the
altissimo, but to provide practical fingering patterns that will
increase speed and fluency. However, many studies often provide
numerous pages of scales and patterns that ask little more than to
“play up an octave.” Saxophonists, then, are required to choose from an
array of possible fingerings, often resulting in an inconsistent or
“clumsy” altissimo technique. To complement those study books that
provide fingerings, vocal/throat exercises, and patterns, Altissimo
Studies provides precise fingerings for each pitch of the included
altissimo scales, arpeggios, trills, and passages from the repertoire.
These fingering patterns are designed specifically to increase speed
and fluency in altissimo performance of the alto saxophone.
|S571: Beginning Studies in
Altissimo Register for Saxophone by
Rosemary Lang revised and edited by Gail B. Levinsky. Ensemble
Publications, 2009, SS, 44 pages. This popular book (originally
published in 1971) is now back in
print in a new edition. Rosemary R. Lang (1920-1985) was a faculty
member at Butler University from 1948 until her death. Gail B. Levinsky
is on the faculty at Susquehanna University and was a music student at
Butler during the 1970s. This book begins with fundamental techniques
producing altissimo register tones, it provides fingerings for the alto
and tenor saxophone with numerous exercises and studies.
|S369: The Complete
by James Houlik and Eric Lauver. Northeastern Music Publications, 2007,
SS, 44 pages pages + CD. Subtitled: An Essential resource for the
serious saxophonists. While this book calls itself a method book it is
very similar to some of the books we have catgorized as Master Classes.
It focuses on aspects of saxophone playing such as tone development,
technical exercises (including alternate fingerings), articulation, and
vibrato. It also includes lyrical and technical etudes and a CD with
recordings of some the exercises from the book and
some artistic performances by Houlik and Donald Sinta.
/ S833: Crossover Pieces for Saxophone by Peter Lehel. Advance Music, 2011, PB, 123 pages + CD. This book offers performers on B-flat saxophones (tenor or soprano) a wide variety of stylistically diverse solo pieces in popular styles -- hip hop, boogaloo, Latin jazz, funk, jazz ballad, shuffle blues, bossa nova, bolero, jazz waltz -- along with comprehensive information about structure, melody, harmony, and improvisation. These are the authors own compositions, many of which we have for sale. The text is provided in English and German, and creative exercises are also provided with each piece to strengthen performance skills. The CD recording provides both demonstration and play-along-with-rhythm-section tracks. The author rates the difficulty level at medium to medium-advanced. (As this is primarily an instructional book on jazz and pop genres, we have no idea why it has this title.) Click of the cover image to view the table of contents and sample pages.
Extended Technique for the Saxophone
J. Michael Leonard. Black Lion Press, 2004, SB, 61 pages. A
new edition of this book originally published in 1984. It covers basic
fundaments (fingering and alternates, trills, intonation, and pitch
alteration), harmonic studies, the altissimo register and fingering,
quarter tones and fingering, multiphonics and timbre alterations. With
the exception of the altissimo fingers which are quite detailed, this
book should be regarded as a reasonably priced introduction to extended
|S030: Hello! Mr. Sax by Jean-Marie Londeix. Alphonse Leduc, 1989, PB, 113 pages. Subtitled: Parameters of the Saxophone. Text is in French and English. Much of this book is devoted to extended techniques such as multiphonics, microtones, and special techniques of timbre and articulation. However, there sections on vibrato and other techniques that will be of interest to nearly all. Bass through sopranino are covered.|
|S547: Multiphonics for the Saxophone by John Gross. Advance Music, 1998, PB, 99 pages. Saxophonist John Gross has been collecting multiphonics since 1961. This book with 178 different multiphonic fingerings is the result. They are grouped in chapters giving 3 notes, 2 notes, and 4 or more notes.|
Altissimo: High Note Development for the Contemporary Player
by Robert A. Luckey. Olympia Music Publishing, 1998 (Second Edition),
SB, 207 pages. This book features over 300 high note fingerings for the
soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. It includes excerpts
from selected classical alto saxophone solos with recommended
fingerings for altissimo tones, as well as overtone exercises and
extended range exercises. There are also challenging jazz etudes
incorporating the altissimo register that can be performed with Jamey
Aebersold's Play-Along, Volume 43, Groovin'
|S019: Saxophone High Tones by Eugene Rousseau. MMB Music Inc., 1978, 2002, SS, 81 pages, second edition. The ability to exhibit fluency in playing above the saxophone's normal range is no longer a frill or an option, it is a necessity. This book provides the tool to develop and extended range on the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. It includes a fingering chart for the normal range and the high tones, exercises that teach the techniques required for high tone production, and exercises to practice these techniques.|
|S804: The Saxophone Intonation Workbook by Trent Kynaston. Advance Music, 2006, SS, 54 pages + CD. This book is a thorough, organized approach to saxophone intonation. Basic concepts of embouchure and breathing, understanding the role of your equipment, and developing voicing techniques are all explored. Included are scale and arpeggio studies along with a CD to practice tuning on the alto and tenor saxophones. This is a must for all developing saxophonists. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents and what is on the CD.|
|S013: Saxophone Master Classes by Michael Eric Hester. Second Edition, 2003, PB, 76 pages. Dr. Hester has written this series of master classes as a resource for students of the saxophone, university instrumental methods classes, and those teaching or intending to teach the saxophone. Principal subjects include embouchure, air (breathing), articulation, vibrato, altissimo, practicing, and saxophone diagnostic (squeak, thin sound, bright or uncontrolled sound, and poor response).|
|S059: Selected Saxophone Masterclasses from
of Windplayer. Windplayer Publications, 1998, SS, 31 pages. This book
15 brief masterclasses on wide variety of subjects such as tone,
altissimo, soprano pitch problems and baritone sound by well known
such as Buddy Collette, Lew Tabackin, Jackie McLean, Jack Nimitz and
on the cover image to view Table of Contents.
|S040: Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy. Salabert, 1982, PB, 80 pages. Multiphonic fingerings for the sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. French and English text.|
|S705: Stratosphere: Altissimo Etudes for Saxophone by Noah Getz. Advance Music, 2011, SS, 47 pages. This book of altissimo etudes is by Dr. Noah Getz, a Washington DC based classical and jazz saxophonist and music educator. In addition to the 20 etudes, this book also includes a brief history of the altissimo register, considerations for developing the altissimo register, and a one page listing of works that include the altissimo register.|
S615: The Techniques of Saxophone Playing by Marcus Weiss and Giorgio Netti. Baerenreiter, 2010, PB, 110 pages. From the publisher: " In the last few years several publications have been devoted to advanced playing techniques for wind instruments in contemporary music. Despite this, players have continued to request a more comprehensive resource with a better systematic approach, using practical examples from the repertoire." This is the result from saxophonist Marcus Weiss and composer Giorgio Netti. It covers microtones, altissimo, timbral fingerings, multiphonics, articulations, sound and embouchure, and other extended techniques. Musical examples of multiphonics and a variety of performance techniques are provided through an internet link The text is in German and English. "The book is an essential, practical performing tool for interpreters, teachers and composers."
|S028. Top-Tones for the Saxophone by Sigurd M. Raschèr. Carl Fischer, SS, 31 pages. Third Edition. This book is the key to mastering the extended upper range of the saxophone. It includes exercises to develop the technique necessary to produce the overtones necessary and fingerings for the tones above top F. Applicable to all saxophones. This book also includes the text in German.|
|S729: The Vandoren Etude
and Exercise Book for the Saxophone. Carl Fischer, 2011, PB, 84
pages. Subtitled: The Secrets of Ten Master Saxophonists. The Vandoren
Company and Carl Fischer Music have teamed up with ten of the finest
saxophonists in the world to create a one-of-a-kind etude and exercise
book. Each of these saxophone masters share their inner secrets of
saxophone playing. This eclectic collection covers a wide range of
challenges to mastering the saxophone, containing etudes to develop
tone, technique, lyricism, and overall musicianship. No serious student
or teacher should be without the innovative wisdom of this collection,
which also includes warm-ups, altissimo fingerings and exercises, a
complete quarter-tone fingering chart as well as Arabic rhythmic and
melodic exercises. Featuring contributions from Serge Bertocchi, Paul
Bro, James Bunte, Claude Delangle, Susan Fancher, Steven Mauk, Otis
Murphy, Nicolas Prost, Neal Ramsay, and Matthew Sintchak.
|S835: Voicing, an Approach to the Saxophone's Third Register by Donald Sinta. Meridian Winds, SB, 85 pages. Proficiency in the altissimo register is a necessity for the contemporary saxophonist. This book is a series of exercises that are designed to yield insight, develop control over the supporting physiology, reduce anxiety and failure, and allow and serious student to master this frequently elusive range. This book is the same as the previously available edition of this book with the addition of 6 pages on Donald Sinta.|
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