52 Melodic Etudes for Saxophone Book 1 (Etudes 1-18)
Practising etudes (studies) is one of the most important components of building not only a fine technique on the saxophone, but it also develops the player’s ability to understand and interpret various styles of music. The problem I have found is that the majority of the etudes books presently available for saxophone are classically oriented and as such do not present or develop the player’s ability to play in a multitude of various styles that require a command of tonal and stylistic nuances necessary to play more than just classically oriented repertoire. And that’s primarily why I decided to write this series of books. The etudes within this and the other books in this series, present music for many different eras and styles of music that have become popular and well established as part of the 20th and 21st century’s musical fabric. Some of the styles to be found in this series include but are not limited to: Classical, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin, Tango, Hip Hop, Be Bop, light Pop, Easy listening, Adult contemporary and even an action packed “sound track” for the final all inclusive, ultimate workout in Book 3 of this series.
This product also includes a zip file containing mp3 tracks on which I perform each of the etudes so that the player can gain a better understanding of what I had in mind for each of the etudes and stylistic and tonal elements necessary for their proper performance. (Andy Firth May 2019)
Book 1 of this series introduces the player to the rhythmic, tonal and stylistic challenges necessary and found in beginner/entry level repertoire. Book 1 requires the player to cross the break between first, second registers smoothly, use articulation and introduces stylistic challenges via a series of fun to play multi-styled pieces.
Book 1 Contents: (18 Etudes in various styles)
Etude 1: Show Time. Etude 2: Daffodils. Etude 3: Windmills. Etude 4: The Big Parade. Etude 5: March to Glory. Etude 6: Rev it Up! Etude 7: Soaring. Etude 8: Mission Improbable. Etude 9: Who Knows? Etude 10: Triple Trouble. Etude 11: Swingin’ on a Saturday Night. Etude 12: Mozart Goes to the Bahamas. Etude 13: Gershwin Goes to Birdland. Etude 14: The Golden Spinning Wheel. Etude 15: Down Time. Etude 16: Ups & Down. Etude 17: Blue Waltz. Etude 18: Maybe This Time.