Pages 45 and 46

The “Twenty Progressive Exercises” are more examples of studies that make the “Universal Method for Saxophone” a great book and still relevant today. These were written by Paul de Ville and are effective technique builders. (After beating up on Paul in previous blogs it’s nice to be able to say something good.) Today I will focus on pages 45 and 46. All the exercises are in the key of C and are written in eighth, quarter, and half notes. They don’t appear intimidating on the page, so young players can be encouraged to tackle them.
They are well conceived. They have melodic interest and use enough repetition to improve technique. They can also be a challenge for the advanced saxophonist who could play them in cut time, as a speed and coordination drill. The serious students will want to extend these further by playing them in different keys. It isn’t necessary to transpose them; instead you can impose different key signatures and play the notes as they appear on the staff. One more suggestion is to alter the articulation. After the slurring versions is mastered, work through different articulation patterns. When treated this way they can be effective studies for years.
Please comment on your use of these exercises.
Neal Ramsay

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  1. Is the picture on today’s blog an Evette-Schaffer system? I’ve never seen one of these.

    • Yes it is.

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