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Welcome to the Get Jamming Books Blog Site
Here you will find latest information on the Get Jamming Books available in the Apple Book Store, resources, tips and general information related to saxophone playing.
Students of the Get Jamming method are able to request pieces which I will make available for downloading.
Visitors are more than welcome to download the files, but please pass on the word about the Get Jamming books to your friends.
Students, if you are enjoying the book please remember to leave a review in the Apple Book Store.
So enjoy and. ..
Get Jamming!

Friday, 16 October 2020

Another Great Review!

 Great to see another sax player enjoying their Get Jamming iBook.

Always great to get feedback.

Enjoy your sax playing JSA2013 !

Wonderful book! ★★★★★

by JSA2013 - Sep 20, 2020

The combination of fun tunes along with demos and backing tracks is real winner and makes this an excellent beginners book. The text is clear and easy to follow. I've been playing along with the book running on my Mac, and it all works just fine. Great fun and a must buy!!!!!!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Maneater by Hall and Oates (Main Sax Solo)

Here is the sax solo to Maneater by Hall and Oates.
Note there is a great deal of reverb on the recording which gives that echo effect which is not notated.
Also, remember to play the appropriate sharps !

A reminder, requests for transcriptions must be accompanied by the code provided at the front of your Get Jamming Book !

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Monday, 21 March 2016

Thanks for the review Nathan!

Another great review from the Australian iTunes Bookstore!

Gr8 ★★★★★
by Nathan92114370 - Mar 21, 2016
This book is great!! It gives you more than other books, and is great for learning your first few notes!! I really recommend this book!!!!!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Some great feedback from a Get Jamming student

This was sent in from a happy Get Jamming user.
It is always great to receive updates on how people are finding the book.
Thanks Craig!

I downloaded about 5 sample ‘getting started’ books from iTunes but Get Jamming Alto Saxophone for Beginners is by far the best. I haven’t had a great deal of time to practice since Christmas but the book has been an inspiration - even in such a short time I can play most of the low notes; middle C down to low C and today I’m working on the higher notes - C sharp and upwards.

I love the way the books is structured, providing great scaffolding for beginners - the interactive ‘play along’ songs are just right and the pace of the book is perfect for a newbie like me. I would highly recommend beginners not to waste money on other books - Get Jamming Alto Saxophone for Beginners is the first choice!
....another reason why I really like your book, [is] the colour coding on the keys [which] makes it easier to see where to place individual fingers. I find ‘finger diagrams’ difficult and complicated so highlighting the ‘real’ keys helps to differentiate each of the keys from others. 

Craig M.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

The Low B and B flat notes

Hi all!
I was asked by a Get Jamming student recently how to play the Low B and B flat notes so I thought I would share the information with you all.
I have included two diagrams below. To play these notes you will need to play the low C combination and then include the appropriate corresponding left pinky note.
Remember to support with the diaphragm and maintain a steady airflow. If the note sounds 'wavy' or is not coming out clearly then there may be a slight air leak. Try pressing a little harder with the pinky to ensure that the pad seals properly. This is often a sign that the instrument may need a service.
If you are playing from Low B to Low B flat, make use of the rollers. Slide the pinky across the rollers rather than lifting it up off the keys.
These are challenging notes for beginners so be persistent and don't be disheartened if they don't respond immediately. Check your embouchure and try not blow 'too hard'.
Have fun!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Using USB powered speakers for busking

A few students have asked how they can use their iPads whilst busking. An easy way is to use battery powered speakers.
An alternative is to use USB powered speakers. This saves on batteries yet you will need a Camera Connection Kit to be able to connect the speakers to the iPad.
I have created a simple "how to" video to show you how it's done. (see below)
Either way, using your Get Jamming books for busking is a great way to get some performance practice (and make a little pocket money!)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Student Request - Low Rider by War

A request from B.T. - a Get Jamming user.
Simplified arrangement but will be easy enough to follow.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Play button glitch

Hi all
I have been looking into the play button glitch experienced by a student from the UK. (Thank you again for your great review by the way!).
It has taken me some time to work out the issue and apparently the buttons only partially appear on certain iPads/iOS versions. Fortunately, they are still usable but I am keen on working out a fix for this.
Please be patient and keep enjoying your playing.