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
“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
“It’s a beast of a book, and will take prime position in my teaching studio for ever! A new perspective! Wonderful!” Snake Davis - Saxophonist with George Michael, Ray Charles, Culture Club, Tina Turner, Take That, Pet Shop Boys, Motorhead
“This is the most original approach I've ever seen - it's like Einstein's Grand Unified Theory” Ted Hegvik - Master Saxophonist, Seattle, USA (The Legacy of Rudy Weidoeft) “John's scholarly and artful scientific method is marked by formidable research and a passionate commitment to new and revolutionary techniques that open the door to a truly symbiotic relationship with your saxophone.
” Tommy Smith - Saxophonist, composer and Director of Jazz, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland “It’s like having all the secrets of the saxophone in one book” Jess Gillam - Finalist, BBC Young Musician of the Year
“John Harle’s saxophone sound has sailed through the largest concert halls in the world like the voice of a world-class singer - possibly as close as any player has come to the sound of the human voice. John generously reveals all about the saxophone in his book and offers a new direction in playing that will resound through generations to come. It is a work of genius from the genius of the saxophone, and is testimony to this great player’s unique place in the history his instrument” Ashley Stafford - singer and vocal coach