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20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade by Mario Cerra

Take your saxophone playing to the next level.
Secrets of saxophone playing revealed!
Play the saxophone like a pro.

Available on the AppStore

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20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade

Award winner saxophonist Mario Cerra (Boston, USA) will explain and demonstrate 20 musical elements that you can easily incorporate to your playing.

The application contains video tutorials and demonstrations, PDF files with transcriptions and practice charts, audio tracks for practice and much more.
From saxophone technique to improvisation, multiphonics, effects and articulation, this app will keep you busy for a long time. Options include all PDF files and audio tracks needed for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, as well as videos and demonstrations in English and Spanish.

Learn how to growl, bend notes, rhythmic displacements, sophisticated ways to use pentatonic and blues scales and much, much more.

20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade

Here’s a complete list of topics in this app:

  1. Lester: Using overtones to create a variety of tonal colors
  2. Mix Them Up: Using overtones to create a variety of colors
  3. Side D: Three different fingerings for the middle D
  4. Dexter: Effect for Bb-G trill
  5. John’s way: Example of multiphonics
  6. The Wolf: How to make your horn growl
  7. Slide: Glissando, or bending notes
  8. Ghosts: Ghosting and accenting notes for great articulation
  9. The “Cannon” Effect: Great combination of trills
  10. S-S-P: Skip-Step concept on pentatonic scale
  11. S-S-B: Skip-Step concept on blues scale
  12. Jazz it up: How to produce an essential accent in jazz
  13. Tension: Using a pentatonic scale on altered dominant chords
  14. Release: Using a pentatonic scale on Maj 7th chords
  15. Blues and Motives: Creating strong motives within the blues scale
  16. Four and One: Playing four consecutive 8th notes and one 8th rest
  17. Three on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 3/4 over 4/4
  18. Five on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 5/4 over 4/4
  19. Flashy: Bend and trill
  20. Pure Expression: How to practice vibrato



Video Lessons
Every trick and its concept is first explained and then performed on the video
Music Score
Every trick is accompanied by a lead sheet
Organized List
Tricks are organized by style and difficulty on an easy to access list. The app keeps track of the tricks you have already watched with a view counter.
Metronome & Backing Tracks
The app includes a metronome and backing tracks for Bb and Eb saxophones.
Different Styles
The tricks may be applied to different styles from Jazz to Rock and Contemporary
Downloadable Lessons
The lessons are available online at any time. You may also download the lessons to your device for off-line access

Demo Video

View the Introductory video
Mario Cerra demostrates some of the tricks applied to an improvised solo


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