I joined the website hearandplay.com yesterday, it has a crazy amount of stuff and a huge membership. It will be one of my models for updating Sax Station.
If you play piano or music in general, you might want to check it out.
Tenor saxophone sheet music is in the key of Bb. It’s a whole step away from concert key, so if you get music that is in concert, you need to play every note up a whole step.
It’s more convenient to have music in your own key though!
Here are a few music books for tenor sax:
Henry Mancini wrote some cool music, so if you would like the Pink Panther and some of his other songs, you could get
I made SaxStation.com today. That will be my site devoted to music.
At combo we’ve been playing Chick Corea’s Spain. It’s a cool tune. I had played it last year too, so I knew it a little better this time around. A good version of the melody is in the real book volume II, but the old real book has the intro to the song. Besides that one we’re playing ‘Someday My Prince Will Come,” Ladybird, and Sugar.
I was listening to Miles Davis on “Bye Bye Blackbird” he has a cool intro.
Yesterday at jazz combo we played a few new songs to start getting ready for when we play on the 20th. We started off with some Charlie Parker- Confirmation and Moose the Mooche. Since I’m playing tenor, Moose the Moose feels a little better at this point. I do have the Charlie Parker omnibook in both B flat and E flat. After that we played Chick Corea’s Spain, which is a cool tune. I had played it a last year, so it’s somewhat familiar.
The Joe Viola Saxophone chords book I have been using to practice site reading has helped me get better reading crazy keys, ie the exercise I’m on is C flat diminished, so the chord starts on C flat and each chord tone has a double flat.
I was thinking about the chords in Spain as A flat instead of G sharp and E flat instead of D sharp. I’ve heard people say that most horn players like flats more than sharps. I played in orchestra on clarinet for a few years, which helped me get used to sharps though. Really I ought to be able to read them both without any problem, so I need to keep working on that. After Spain we played Someday My Prince Will Come which is a cool song as a jazz walz.
On Sax Station I also uploaded 13 mp3’s of myself playing with jazz combos and two with a big band which you can download for free: Song for My Father (Horace Silver), St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins), Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk), All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern), Impressions (John Coltrane), Funkallero (Bill Evans), Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter), Stolen Moments (Wayne Shorter), Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim), Here’s That Rainy Day (Jim Van Heusen), Four (Miles Davis), Old Man River (Jerome Kern), Tenor Madness (Coltrane)