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Welcome to the Get Jamming Books Blog Site
Here you will find latest information on the Get Jamming Books available in the Apple Book Store, resources, tips and general information related to saxophone playing.
Students of the Get Jamming method are able to request pieces which I will make available for downloading.
Visitors are more than welcome to download the files, but please pass on the word about the Get Jamming books to your friends.
Students, if you are enjoying the book please remember to leave a review in the Apple Book Store.
So enjoy and. ..
Get Jamming!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Thanks for the review Nathan!

Another great review from the Australian iTunes Bookstore!

Gr8 ★★★★★
by Nathan92114370 - Mar 21, 2016
This book is great!! It gives you more than other books, and is great for learning your first few notes!! I really recommend this book!!!!!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Some great feedback from a Get Jamming student

This was sent in from a happy Get Jamming user.
It is always great to receive updates on how people are finding the book.
Thanks Craig!

I downloaded about 5 sample ‘getting started’ books from iTunes but Get Jamming Alto Saxophone for Beginners is by far the best. I haven’t had a great deal of time to practice since Christmas but the book has been an inspiration - even in such a short time I can play most of the low notes; middle C down to low C and today I’m working on the higher notes - C sharp and upwards.

I love the way the books is structured, providing great scaffolding for beginners - the interactive ‘play along’ songs are just right and the pace of the book is perfect for a newbie like me. I would highly recommend beginners not to waste money on other books - Get Jamming Alto Saxophone for Beginners is the first choice!
....another reason why I really like your book, [is] the colour coding on the keys [which] makes it easier to see where to place individual fingers. I find ‘finger diagrams’ difficult and complicated so highlighting the ‘real’ keys helps to differentiate each of the keys from others. 

Craig M.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

The Low B and B flat notes

Hi all!
I was asked by a Get Jamming student recently how to play the Low B and B flat notes so I thought I would share the information with you all.
I have included two diagrams below. To play these notes you will need to play the low C combination and then include the appropriate corresponding left pinky note.
Remember to support with the diaphragm and maintain a steady airflow. If the note sounds 'wavy' or is not coming out clearly then there may be a slight air leak. Try pressing a little harder with the pinky to ensure that the pad seals properly. This is often a sign that the instrument may need a service.
If you are playing from Low B to Low B flat, make use of the rollers. Slide the pinky across the rollers rather than lifting it up off the keys.
These are challenging notes for beginners so be persistent and don't be disheartened if they don't respond immediately. Check your embouchure and try not blow 'too hard'.
Have fun!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Using USB powered speakers for busking

A few students have asked how they can use their iPads whilst busking. An easy way is to use battery powered speakers.
An alternative is to use USB powered speakers. This saves on batteries yet you will need a Camera Connection Kit to be able to connect the speakers to the iPad.
I have created a simple "how to" video to show you how it's done. (see below)
Either way, using your Get Jamming books for busking is a great way to get some performance practice (and make a little pocket money!)
Enjoy

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Student Request - Low Rider by War

A request from B.T. - a Get Jamming user.
Simplified arrangement but will be easy enough to follow.
Enjoy!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Play button glitch

Hi all
I have been looking into the play button glitch experienced by a student from the UK. (Thank you again for your great review by the way!).
It has taken me some time to work out the issue and apparently the buttons only partially appear on certain iPads/iOS versions. Fortunately, they are still usable but I am keen on working out a fix for this.
Please be patient and keep enjoying your playing.  
Regards,
Mario

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Yet another great review from the U.S. iTunes bookstore. Thanks!

Thanks for the super review NJames14
I'm so glad you are enjoying the book and most importantly enjoying playing!


Get Jammin Tenor Sax ★★★★★

by NJames14 - Aug 25, 2015

I'm a beginning saxophone enthusiast and until I came across Get Jammin it was a struggle getting used to reading music. This book simplified the process by providing music notes containing alphabet labels, and also provided play-along and backup tracks. The lesson pieces are simple but far more interesting than Twinkle Twinkle. Get Jammin is a must have for beginners. I rarely write reviews but I was compelled by this title. It really has helped me with reading, timing, and rhythm. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and information aid that will get you jammin in no time. I'm excited to hear how I will sound by the time I complete all the lessons. Many thanks Mr.Bonaccorso.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Another great review from a UK user on iTunes

Thanks for this review Heavy Al
Yes, I know that the play button on some pages can be a bit fiddly depending on the iOS version you have. Thank you for bringing this up though as it is always good to know what can be improved.
Enjoy your playing!

Excellent beginners book ★★★★★

by Heavy Al - Aug 21, 2015

Great choice of material. Interactive excercises work well and sound good if you can play them through an amp. Formatting problems with the play buttons for tracks is a bit frustrating on my iPad Air but not insurmountable.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Feedback from a Get Jamming student



This was emailed by a happy Get Jamming student.

Thanks for the feedback  !

I have not finished the book but I am thoroughly enjoying each lesson. I'm a beginner and this book is a tremendous help with timing, notes, and everything else. I have several music books and this one is my favorite. I often find myself playing the right notes but the wrong rhythm. The play along is an enormous help.

I like that the letters are written on the notes despite others saying it is not recommended. The explanations are very helpful. I wonder how I'll sound by the time that I reach the end of the book.

I don't often write in but this is an exception.