John Harle: The Saxophone

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This seminal work by master saxophonist John Harle offers players of all levels and musical styles the most in-depth reference book on playing the saxophone to date.

In The Saxophone Harle reveals his ground-breaking techniques for encouraging fluent and natural playing - transforming the musical experience of both students and professionals.

Every aspect of playing and performing is explored, from breathing, resonant tone production and fluent articulation through to techniques for building ease and flow in performance.

In addition, there are bespoke music exercises, illuminating graphics and illustrations, and superb photographs to inspire every player.

Practical, clear and universally relevant, the saxophone reveals John Harle's secrets for playing with individuality, fluent technique and a powerful musical presence.

 Pro Reviews

“John is a consummate musician and saxophonist, and all the expertise and experience gleaned from his forty plus years as a student of our instrument is encapsulated in this book. It is a must read for all professional and aspiring musicians - I will be learning from John for years to come” 

Branford Marsalis - Three-time Grammy award-winning saxophonist and composer

“The Saxophone is a work of art, combining scientific research with a balanced and poetic presentation. John gives fantastic advice on learning methods which can be adapted to any age, level and need - musicians, amateur or professional will find the answers to all their questions here”

Claude Delangle - Professor of Saxophone, CNSM, Paris

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