Pages 58-62

For the first time in the Universal Method, Paul de Ville introduces keys other than C major. “Major and Minor Scales in all Keys” presents all of the major scales followed by their relative melodic minor scales. Harmonic and natural minor scales don’t appear in this set of studies, nor is there an explanation of the various minor scales and their spelling.
All the scales are written as half notes with the half steps indicated. Playing them slowly makes a good tone and control exercise. De Ville instructs the student to start them slowly and “repeat them over and over until an easy mastery over them is secured.” There is one sentence that has stuck in my mind from the first time that I read it and is still great advice. “No pupil should rest satisfied as long as he finds any interval of a scale a stumbling block to its perfectly smooth execution.
All the scales are written tonic to tonic and are two octaves long when it fits the range of the saxophone.
The last page of this section is “Major and Minor Chords in the Keys most used.” These are half note arpeggio studies in nine major keys with their relative minor keys.
These are a fine as a scales reference and an effective tone study for anyone.
As always, your comments are welcome.
Thank you,

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  1. Is the sax in today’s pic an early Leblanc Rationale?

    • No John, it is an Evette-Schaeffer. The third key below the low C looks like the open C# of the original Rationale, but its not.

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