The activities that support continued development should be cultivated. Reeds should be carefully selected for vibrancy, response, tonal clarity and good dynamic range. Playing on old worn out reeds should be avoided. At least three well adjusted, broken in reeds should be maintained at all times.
If the alto saxophone has been the primary instrument up to this point, consideration might be given to playing tenor or baritone saxophone. If possible, a personal mouthpiece for the additional instrument(s) should be purchased. Care should be taken to select mouthpieces with a matched feel to avoid the necessity of severe embouchure changes when changing instruments.
LEVEL 3 STUDY MATERIAL
Continuing work in this
volume, the familiar scales should begin to
flow accurately. The tonic chords, broken
chords and dominant seventh chords, and the
interrupted and returning scales should flow
well. The four sharps and four flats keys
should be routine.
Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1
Continued study in this book should develop
good reading and style fluency. Efforts to
stabilize a beautiful sound should be
pursued carefully before approaching etudes
requiring greater speed. Sensitivity to
dynamics and tonal flexibility should be
stressed and developed at this time.
Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 2
While refining the slower
Nocentini and Baermann etudes of Book 1, it
is well to begin practicing these Gambaro
studies for finger and tongue dexterity. The
key signatures of these etudes stay within
three sharps and three flats so that these
scale and chord patterns can be totally
mastered. The studies for extra work in
specialized areas - tongue, speed,
chromatics, trills, etc. - can be approached
Forty Progressive Melodies by A.M.R.
Barret plus Eight Progressive Exercises
Continued use of this volume can constitute
recreational playing, giving vent to
imaginative phrasing style with slight
variation each time these studies are
played. When the studies have been securely
mastered, a teacher or friend can add the
second part, helping to develop rhythmic
independence and dynamic balance.
LEVEL 3 REPERTOIRE
FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE WITH PIANO
Air (Suite in D Major)
FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE WITH PIANO
Adagio and Presto (1983)
FOR BARITONE SAXOPHONE WITH PIANO
Variations on a Theme of R. Schumann
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