This page is dedicated to providing miscellaneous teaching materials. Most of these downloads will be saxophone or improvisation related, and I will add more as I come up with it. Enjoy!
My preferred altissimo fingerings
These fingerings were developed to make as much sense as possible with minimal finger changes when playing both scales and arpeggios. These were developed on a Selmer Mark VI from 1969, however I have found they work on most altos. They work fairly well on soprano and tenor, with only slight adjustments.
Note the ascending and descending F#, used to make the transition easier when playing chromatics through the "break". The descending F# requires a bit more voicing control, but it works well for me.
The longer I play my perspective has changed drastically on altissimo. When I was younger I used it frequently. On my first recording "No Such Thing," I played the melody to Inner Urge in the correct written octaves on alto, which goes up to a C above palm key F. Now that I'm in my 40s, I feel the best altissimo notes are the ones that stay inside the horn.
The Origins of David Liebman's Approach to Jazz Improvistion
This is the full text copy of my Masters Thesis from William Paterson University where I explore many of Dave Liebman's harmonic tendencies and theorize as to where they may have come from based on his various influences. Page 30 starts the analysis.
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