Pages 47-51

Today’s blog continues with the “Twenty Progressive Exercises”. As I mentioned previously, these are examples of exercises that have made the “Universal Method for Saxophone” a great and timeless book. They are short kernels of technique builders with most them being a few lines long. They are designed to concentrate on specific problems without fatiguing the student. For example, Exercises No. 7 and 8 are great flexibility builders with an emphasis on improving technique over the break. Numbers 9, 15, 18 and 20 are chord studies on the tonic, subdominant and dominant. They provide a melodically interesting way to play through the chord tones without being strict arpeggio studies.
All of these studies develop finger independence and evenness in finger technique. Paul de Ville uses rhythmic variety and includes several triplet studies. As in the first two pages of the section, all the studies are in the key of C. Most of them are within the technical reach of first year players, if attempted at a conservative tempo.
As discussed before, the advanced saxophonist can benefit from these exercises by playing them at faster tempos, changing the keys and making variations in the articulations.
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Neal Ramsay
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