The Art of Saxophone Playing

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Alfred Music, 1963 - Music - 116 pages
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According to Larry Teal, the best method of learning to play the saxophone is to study with a competent teacher. Teal's studies were mostly of instruments other than the saxophone, but as a student at a Chautauqua summer session, he came under the influence of Georges Barrère, the eminent French flutist. He played bass clarinet with the Detroit Symphony, but he continued to be absorbed by the saxophone. As a result of his acquired expertise and growing reputation, he was appointed to a full-time faculty position as a saxophone teacher by the University of Michigan -- the first ever to receive such an appointment from a major university. During his 21-year tenure, he attracted students from all over, thus exerting an ever widening influence on saxophone teaching and performing.

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I use this book to teach saxophone. it's very technical and very Comprehensive. All basic techniques are covered. The wording is very technical at times for someone that's never played an instrument, so I must paraphrase ideas and concepts to students in order for them grasp some concepts. It's great catalyst to open up discussions of various aspects of saxophone playing and a very useful tool. The information in this book is timeless.  


The Instrument
The Reed
Playing Position
The Embouchure
Tone Quality
The Vibrato
Developing the Technique
Attack and Release

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