The Saxophone Book: Book 2

The Saxophone Book: Book 2

by Jeff Coffin
The Saxophone Book: Book 2

The Saxophone Book: Book 2

by Jeff Coffin


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THE SAXOPHONE BOOK comes from the innovative and creative mind of 3x Grammy winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu'tet). This 3-volume set is an extraordinarily thoughtful dissection and presentation of the musical fundamentals that Jeff calls "The Big 5".

1) Listening

2) Tone/Dynamics

3) Articulation

4) Rhythm/Time

5) Harmony


Jeff believes that fundamentals are the ‘roots’ of musical learning and, in order for the student to grow, they need strong roots. These books help develop and/or strengthen the fundamentals using a variety of creative and fun musical concepts, exercises, and ideas. From developing life long practice habits to sharing personal and philosophical ideas about music and musical spirit, Coffin has codified, and now made available, the wide array of materials that have made him one of the most recognized and sought after players, and educators, on today’s scene.


It's very simple. A metronome, tuner, patience, and good practice habits are all you need. These books are designed to allow students to 'self-progress'. However, Jeff always recommends some kind of consistent private instruction when possible.

To get started, read through the intro pages. Then, start with Book 1, exercise #1. Choose a slow tempo on your metronome and start playing. Move your tempo up as you get more comfortable with each exercise. These exercises should be repeated. Many times. Remember, it's a PROCESS. Through repetition comes magic...


The results are many and will occur rapidly! Superior listening, tone, dynamics, intonation, articulation, rhythm, time, and a deep understanding of harmony are all results of working on fundamentals. Every musician i know continues to work on the fundamentals throughout their career. It's a never ending process. When the student has made a thoughtful study of these 3 volumes, they will have a much deeper understanding of the fundamentals as well as a high level of technical proficiency and musical competency on their instrument.

These are also great books for a more seasoned player looking for different ways of approaching material they have already studied. This is a tried and true method!

A little HISTORY...

For well over 15 years, since the early Bela Fleck & the Flecktones days (late 20th Century), Coffin has worked on and developed this material. He began compiling exercises for his students in Finale, and later Sibelius, so as to avoid writing the same things out time and again. This snowballed into Jeff entering hundreds of pages of his personal exercises into the computer. What you see here is the result of that work. Literally, hundreds, and likely, thousands of hours have been spent putting these books together in as concise and clear a way as possible to benefit the student. But, what to call it? After hours of deliberation, brainstorming, looking up words in the dictionary, writing down combinations of words and phrases on paper, and mumbling to himself through a closed hand so as to not be heard mumbling to himself, Coffin finally came up with an astonishingly brilliant title...THE SAXOPHONE BOOK - Ok, maybe it's not so astonishing but it seems appropriate since every time Jeff talked about it he would start off by saying "So, I'm writing this saxophone book..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998073910
Publisher: Jeff Coffin
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Series: Saxophone Book , #2
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

JEFF COFFIN is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer, educator and author who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with Dave Matthews, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, teaches at Vanderbilt University, presents clinics around the world, and, in 2015, established the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective in Nashville, TN. In 2011 he started Ear Up Records as a place for emerging as well as established talent.

As a studio musician, Coffin has played on hundreds of recordings and is regarded as one of the top players in his profession. As a heavily in-demand D'addario and Yamaha Clinician, Coffin has presented well over 300 music clinics around the world to students in the US, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Canada and Mexico to rave reviews.

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Table of Contents

  • 01) Book 2 - Table of Contents
  • 03) Welcome Page
  • 04) Disclaimer
  • 05) 'Must Hear' Sax Players
  • 06) 'Must Hear' Recordings
  • 07) THE BIG 5 - Fundamentals
  • 08) Fundamentals Are Fundamental
  • 09) How To Practice
  • 10) Strengths & Weaknesses / Short & Long Term Goals
  • 11) Saxophone Equipment Tips
  • 12) (F)* LISTENING - Thoughts
  • 13) (F) LISTENING - Questions
    *(F) denotes a Big 5 Fundamental
  • 14) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Thoughts
  • 15) (F) TONE/DYNAMICS Questions
  • 16) Thoughts On Improvisation
  • 17) Various Elements Of Improvisation
  • 19) Why Scales?
  • 21) Harmonic Minor Scale / Mode Chord
  • 22) Harmonic Minor Scales - Chromatic 1
  • 24) Harmonic Minor Scales - Chromatic 2
  • 26) Harmonic Minor Modes
  • 30) Harmonic Minor Modes - 6 note groupings
  • 35) Harmonic Minor - start on lowest note
  • 41) Harmonic Minor Modes - roots in whole tone 5/8 #1
  • 45) Harmonic Minor Modes roots in whole tone 5/8 #2
  • 49) (F) ARTICULATION Thoughts
  • 50) (F) ARTICULATION Questions
  • 51) Melodic Minor Scale / Mode Chord
  • 52) Melodic Minor Scales - Chromatic 1
  • 53) Melodic Minor Scales - Chromatic 2
  • 56) Melodic Minor Modes
  • 59) Melodic Minor Modes - 6 note groupings
  • 65) Melodic Minor - On lowest possible note
  • 71) Melodic Minor Modes - roots in whole tone 5/8 #1
  • 75) Melodic Minor Modes roots in whole tone 5/8 #2
  • 79) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Thoughts
  • 80) (F) RHYTHM/TIME Questions
  • 81) The Transparency Of Sound
  • 82) Taking Your Improvisation To The Next Level In 10 Steps
  • 83) Chromatic Minor Triads
  • 84) Close Minor Chromatic Arpeggios in inversion
  • 86) Blues Scales / Chromatic
  • 88) Blues Scales - roots in whole tone rotating 5/8 #1
  • 92) Blues Scales - roots in whole tone rotating 5/8 #2
  • 96) Blues Scales - roots in whole tone 5/8 #1
  • 00) Blues Scales - roots in whole tone 5/8 #2
  • 04) Blues in Bb concert #1
  • 05) Blues in B concert #1
  • 06) Blues in C concert #1
  • 07) Blues in C# concert #1
  • 08) Blues in D concert #1
  • 09) Blues in Eb concert #1
  • 10) Blues in E concert #1
  • 11) Blues in F concert #1
  • 12) Blues in F# concert #1
  • 13) Blues in G concert #1
  • 14) Blues in Ab concert #1
  • 15) Blues in A concert #1
  • 16) Blues thru all 12 keys #1
  • 21) Blues in Bb concert #2
  • 22) Blues in B concert #2
  • 23) Blues in C concert #2
  • 24) Blues in C# concert #2
  • 25) Blues in D concert #2
  • 26) Blues in Eb concert #2
  • 27) Blues in E concert #2
  • 28) Blues in F concert #2
  • 29) Blues in F# concert #2
  • 30) Blues in G concert #2
  • 31) Blues in Ab concert #2
  • 32) Blues in A concert #2
  • 33) Blues thru all 12 keys #2
  • 39) (F) HARMONY Thoughts
  • 40) (F) HARMONY Questions
  • 41) Thoughts...
  • 42) Influences
  • 44) JC Answers Fundamental Questions
  • 52) Thanks
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