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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!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Request - Prayer in C (main riff)

For a Get Jamming Beginner's student, here's the main riff from "Prayer in C" by Lilly Wood.
A nice easy one for anyone just starting.
For concert pitch, Eb and Bb instruments.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Favourite Get Jamming Pieces?

OK, so I am hoping to find out what your favourite pieces are from the Get Jamming Books!
Please add the title below. Feel free to add a comment!
Also, remember to please leave  a review on the iTunes Bookstore!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Over 10,000 Page Views !

Hi all

Get Jamming Books has reached over 10,000 page views in such a short time!
Thanks for your interest and feel free to leave a comment.
Get Jamming students, don't forget to leave a review on the iTunes Bookstore!
All the best and keep jamming !

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sample Tracks on Soundcloud

Just uploaded some sample tracks onto Soundcloud from the :

Beginners Sax books


The Great Composers Book 1

Click the Soundcloud icon below to take you to the playlists.

Monday, 8 September 2014

New Thang by Redfoo - Sax Riff

A request from a Get Jamming student for the sax riff to this new one from Redfoo - it's actually quite catchy!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Me 'n' You (Hank Mobley) Simple Jazz Combo arrangement

I had a request from a Get Jamming student for this one so I did a simple band arrangement. Enjoy!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mouthpiece Setup for Beginners

I have put together a short video to help beginners setup their mouthpiece.
The trick is to keep the reed level with the sides and tip of the mouthpiece.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Song Request - Solos to The Prince by Madness

Here are the solos to The Prince by Madness as requested by a Get Jamming user.
Listen to the album version on YouTube first to get an idea of where to add the bends and other articulation. Enjoy!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Over 1,000 Visitors!

It's pleasing to have reached over 1,000 people world wide and over 3,500 page views in such a short time.
I will continue to provide online support for Get Jamming students and welcome visitors just looking for useful resources.
Please remember to leave a comment and a book review on the iTunes Book Store if you have been enjoying one of the books.
Have fun playing and Keep Jamming!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Making Technical Work Interesting

One of the hardest things to motivate students to play at home is technical work. Without question, any educator will agree that developing technical skills is an essential part of the daily practice routine. Students need to be reminded that there is a purpose behind technical work. Scales and arpeggios of all kinds are used in every style of music from Classical to Jazz to Rock.

Below is a list of suggestions that may be useful in motivating and encouraging students to play technical exercises at home.

1. Firstly, remember you are not simply practising but “playing” through the exercises. Tone and articulation should be considered as well as trying different rhythmic patterns (see Examples 1 and 2).

2. Always analyse the key signature of any exercise they are about to play and, as in the case of modes, minor scales and blues scales for example, if there are any accidentals.

3. Use a metronome to develop rhythmic evenness. Always start with a slower tempo and gradually build up the speed. Turn this into an on going challenge.

4. Articulation patterns are important and exercises should be played with a variety of patterns.
Example 1:

5. Play the exercises with a variety of rhythms:

Example 2: with Triplets

6.  Learn how to play the exercises on a keyboard instrument as well.

7. Use the keyboard to play the tonic chord of the scale/arpeggio and then play the exercise on your instrument. (For transposing instruments this helps with learning how to transpose)

8.Practicing a scale "incrementally" helps students learn difficult exercises a note at a time making it easier to memorise the pattern:

Example 3:

9. Start from the top and go down.

10. Start scales on a note other than the tonic.

11. Use band backings to make the experience more interesting and practical.

Here’s a link to a sample from the Get Jamming Beginners books as an example.

12. While working on your improvisation, include the exercises in your solos. Start by adding only 2 or 3 notes of the scale/arpeggio and then gradually add more notes as you go. Remembering to add articulation, rhythmic and expressive variety.

13. Most students have access to mobile phones and media devices with recording capabilities. Record yourself playing the exercises and listen to how accurate you have been.

Key points:

· Start slowly to allow the fingers to "learn" where they need to go.

· Consider your tone. Aim at creating an evenness of tone.

· Set goals. Give yourself a deadline to learn a particular exercise by and establish clear goals. (Eg. Bb Melodic Minor by the 23rd June, as 16th notes at 80 bpm, all slurred)

· Make it fun. Importantly, make playing technical work interesting and challenging at the same time.

Good luck with it and enjoy your playing!