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Mel Bay's Complete Jazz Sax Book

By William Bay

Saxophone - Intermediate
Composed by William Bay. Style, Technique, Theory and Reference, Perfect binding. Complete. Jazz and Instructional. Instructional book. With instructional text and standard notation. 144 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #95300. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95300).

Item Number: MB.95300

ISBN 9780786602292. 8.75x11.75 inches.

A comprehensive study text teaching elements of jazz phrasing, articulation, vibrato, chord studies, and technical studies leading to improvisation. In addition, a theory workbook section teaches scales, modal concepts and chord construction. Includes jazz sax studies and sax improvising.

  • Basic Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz and Contemporary Phrasing 
  • Special Effects/The Standardization of Stage Band Articulations 
  • Jazz Techniques 
  • Chord Scale Studies 
  • Dominant 7th Chord 
  • Minor 7th Chord 
  • 7b5 Chord 
  • Minor 7b5 Chord 
  • Augmented 7th Chord 
  • Diminished 7th Chord 
  • Vibrato  
  • Constructing Major Scales 
  • Major Chords 
  • Beginning Progressions 
  • Minor Chords 
  • Dorian Mode 
  • Pure or Natural Minor 
  • Major to Pure Minor 
  • Dorian to Blues 
  • Dominant 7th Scales 
  • The Half Diminished Scale 
  • Jazz Scales 
  • Phrygian Mode 
  • Harmonic Minor 
  • Harmonic to Phrygian 
  • Minor Jazz Scales 
  • Dorian Studies 
  • Aeolian Studies 
  • Ascending Melodic Studies 
  • Harmonic Minor Studies 
  • Phrygian Studies 
  • Blues Scale Studies 
  • Locrian Studies 
  • Diminished #1 Studies 
  • Direct Substitution 
  • Improvisation Study 
  • I-VIm-IIm-V7-I 
  • I-IIIm-IIm-V7-I 
  • I-Vm6-IV-VI7-IIm7-V7-I 
  • Whole Tone Scale 
  • Diminished Scale #2 
  • Turn Arounds and Endings 
  • Bridges 
  • More Blues 
  • Expanding Improvisational Ideas 
  • Harmonizing Major Scales 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • June 04, 2011 Mel Bay's Complete Jazz Sax Book

    I bought this book because I've never really studied jazz before, even though I've played sax for a few years. I've only skimmed through the book because I'm currently traveling, but will update this review once I've had time to really work with it. First...

    impression is that this book will definitely be beneficial as it approaches Jazz from a foundational level.

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  • 5

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  • April 17, 2004 Fantastcic! My kid couln't stop.

    This is a great one of a kind learning experience. I had bought this book for my child after his second year of playing his sax and now he won't stop playing the blues. He can improvise almost as well as I can and i'm a professional musician...


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