The Jazz Saxophone Book - Tim Armacost

A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn / Sher

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Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn) Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn) Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn) Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn) Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn)
Armacost The Jazz Saxophone Book (A Complete Method for Learning to Speak the Jazz Language on Your Horn)





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The ultimate guide to playing saxophone, by NY jazz artist Tim Armacost — for anyone from beginners to professionals.

* Endorsed by: Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, George Garzone, Jamey Aebersold, David Berkman, Walt Weiskopf, Steve Wilson, etc.
* Rooted in practical skills and going far beyond theory, The Jazz Saxophone Book will improve your ability to construct beautiful, flowing solo lines.
* Videos - The book includes access to over 30 videos of the author demonstrating ideas in the book.
* Transcriptions - Includes hundreds of examples of solo phrases by the masters of jazz saxophone.

For the beginning improviser, we cover:
* Creative ways to work on sound, time and building a jazz vocabulary
* Connecting your soloing with your internal singing voice
* Foundational jazz harmony - what you need to know!

For intermediate players, the book offers:
* In-depth treatment of jazz harmony, with copious examples from the masters of the tradition
* Ideas for becoming a musical storyteller
* Skills needed to show up at a jam session and confidently perform a tune

For more advanced players, the book discusses:
* Using advanced harmony to build and release tension
* Taking jazz vocabulary, harmony and form into the realm of freedom
* How to practice efficiently to become a well-rounded, continually improving soloist

262 Pages


This amazing book is a comprehensive method to playing and improvising. I am on the same page with everything Tim is saying. A great book!”
— Jerry Bergonzi

A masterpiece of valuable jazz information. A must-have book for all jazz teachers and serious students.”
— Jamey Aebersold

A concise and thorough book on how to play saxophone in a jazz setting. Highly recommended for students of jazz music.”
— Bob Mintzer

Many concepts in The Jazz Saxophone Book are very similar to my own. Very clear and informative. I like it!”
— Bob Sheppard

A beautiful and practical guide to improvising in the jazz idiom.”
— Walt Weiskopf

The Jazz Saxophone Book is a much welcomed addition to saxophone and improvisation pedagogy. Tim has constructed a comprehensive approach that reflects his artistry and wisdom as one of the major voices in the music. This is now one of my primary teaching and practicing resources. Thank you, Tim!”
— Steve Wilson

This book covers a good amount of understanding of the art of improvising. I highly recommend it.”
— George Garzone

Filled with rich examples drawn from the jazz tradition as well as his own well-constructed solo lines, Tim Armacost has created a detailed, intelligent book for any student who wishes to improve as an improvising musician. Tim is a fantastic saxophonist and passionate lifelong teacher who has traveled the world playing jazz at the highest level and this ambitious book shows his process — covering nearly all aspects of jazz study, from sound production to line construction, song forms, jazz history and many aspects of performance. As someone who has worked with Tim in countless musical situations, I have continually been impressed by his love of music and his enthusiasm for sharing it, and with this book he has taken that to another level. Highly recommended.”
— David Berkman


  • Table Of Contents
  • Part One: Foundational Skills
  • Chapter 1 • What is improvisation?
  • Chapter 2 • Sound
  • Chapter 3 • Introduction To Chords and Scales
  • Chapter 4 • Major Considerations: Chords and Scales Continued
  • Chapter 5 • The C Major Scale Contains Three Minor 7th Chords
  • Part TWO: Anatomy of a Song
  • Chapter 6 • The Intro
  • Chapter 7 • The Melody
  • Chapter 8 • The Solo Break
  • Chapter 9 • Your Solo - Improvising Melodically
  • Chapter 10 • Your Solo - Harmonic Improvising
  • Chapter 11 • Your Solo - Rhythmic Improvising
  • Chapter 12 • Trading with the Drummer and A Few Words About Putting Together a Set
  • Chapter 13 • Turnarounds and The Head Out
  • Chapter 14 • Playing the Ending
  • Part Three: Building Tension With Advanced Harmony
  • Chapter 15 • The Harmonic Minor Scale
  • Chapter 16 • The Diminished Scale
  • Chapter 17 • Tritone Substitutions
  • Chapter 18 • Harmonic Improvising—Passing Tones
  • Chapter 19 • Playing ‘Out’
  • Part Four: Deeper Mastery
  • Chapter 20 • How Can I Practice to Become a Creative Improviser?
  • Chapter 21 • Phrasing
  • Chapter 22 • The Blues
  • Chapter 23 • Armacost Solo Transcription on NYSQ’s “Soul Eyes”
  • Short Asides
  • Avoid Notes
  • Half Step II-V Substitution
  • Cycle of Fifths
  • Talking to the Audience
  • Turnarounds
  • To Play Licks, Or Not
  • Patterns?
  • Enharmonic Spellings in Jazz
  • Ratcheting Up Tension
  • Video Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1
  • Video 1: Frere Jacques
  • Video 2: Frere Jacques Different Keys
  • Video 3: Frere Jacques Variations
  • Chapter 2
  • Video 4: Make the Piano Sing
  • Video 5: Long Tones Exercise
  • Video 6: The Overtone Series
  • Video 7: F and G Overtones
  • Chapter 3
  • Video 8: C Major Scale Melodies
  • Video 9: Accented C Major Scale
  • Video 10: C Major Scale on a D-7 Chord
  • Video 11: Blowing Over II-V-I’s in All Twelve Keys
  • Video 12: Charlie Shoemake Play-Along
  • Chapter 4
  • Video 13: Lydian and Ionian Modes Compared
  • Video 14: Major Scale Articulation Exercise
  • Chapter 5
  • Video 15: Simple Piano Exercise
  • PART two
  • Chapter 6
  • Video 16: Counting Off the Tune
  • Video 17: Setting Up the Time for the Band
  • Chapter 7
  • Video 18: Searching for the Melody in Time
  • Video 19: Playing in Front and Behind the Time
  • Video 20: Playing Just the Melody for Multiple Choruses
  • Chapter 9
  • Video 21: Playing a Known Phrase with Different Notes
  • Video 22: Question and Answer Phrases
  • Chapter 9
  • Video 23: Feeling Your Way Through a Song in a Different Key
  • Chapter 10
  • Video 24: Melodic Minor as a IV
  • Chapter 11
  • Video 25: Question and Answer Phrases Over 16 Bars
  • Video 26: Rhythmic Melodies and Rhythmic Storytelling
  • PART Three
  • Chapter 15
  • Video 27: The Harmonic Minor Scale on a Dominant 7th Chord
  • PART Four
  • Chapter 20
  • Video 28: Short Stories
  • Video 29: The Inevitable Note
  • Video 30: Off the Deep End and Back
  • Video 31: Composing in Real Time
  • Video 32: Ask Your Fingers to Deliver the Melody in Your Mind
  • Chapter 22
  • Video 33: Three Signposts in the Blues
  • Videos can be accessed online at, or by searching “Tim Armacost and the Jazz Saxophone Book” on YouTube.










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