Have You Ever?
Have you ever stopped practicing for any of the following reasons?
- I don’t know what to practice next
- I’ve practiced everything I own
- I don’t know what music I should buy next
Running out of things to practice, or not knowing what to practice next, is a common issue that beginners face. This post will help with this problem, but it’s not meant to be a comprehensive guide to beginning books for saxophonists. In fact, I’ll make a few suggestions to get you started.
Keep in mind that our Gold Series membership lessons have you covered. You won’t need to buy any extra material for 1 year. We have all you need in regards to learning new music and reaching your goals as a beginner. However, if you want more, feel free to reach out and play additional music. Our lessons are designed to provide a foundation so you can play anything you want. With our lessons, you’ll discover that you’ll get better at playing all styles of music. Now, let’s move on with the suggestions.
1st Suggestion- The Method Book
As a teacher I like to search out new method books to keep things fresh and to help the student get the most benefit out of their practicing. But no matter how many times I explore new material, I tend to come back to the Rubank: Elementary Method for saxophone. It helps develop your muscle memory for the most common patterns in music. In addition, it has an easy to follow lesson plan. Follow this book, and you’ll be on the right track.
2nd Suggestion- Play Along Books
There are many play along books available for the saxophone. They come in all musical styles too. Here are a few of those styles:
- Movie Soundtracks
- And More
Basically, whatever you enjoy playing, it’s probably available. To give you a better picture, here’s what each book may contain (or a variation):
- 10-15 Songs
- Sheet music for each song
- A recording of a saxophonist playing the music
- A backup track for you to play along with
A good source for finding these books is the publishing company- Hal Leonard (You can find the Pink Panther too!)
3rd Suggestion- Online Music
You probably already know that free music is available online too. You may need to deal with some restrictions, but that’s OK. Go ahead and check out 8notes.com. You won’t find too much in the way of new popular music, but you’ll find plenty of new music (probably written just for this website) and public domain music (older music such as folk tunes and classical music). It’s easy to navigate, and they have a large selection of music for all skill levels. It’s definitely worth checking out.
There are so many books available; some are good and others are not. Do you have a favorite book you like to play out of? Please feel free to share your favorite books in the comment section. This way we can create a great list that we can all benefit from. I’ll get it started with some additional recommendations of my own in the comment section (not just beginner books!).
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