QUOTE(TSax @ Jan 15 2011, 08:41 PM)
QUOTE(clarijo @ Jan 15 2011, 06:48 PM)
By the way, I don't know whether you saw in my earlier post but I now have the Bob Mintzer book and am working from it both at home and with my teacher, so thanks for the recommendation - it's exactly the sort of thing I was after!
Glad you like it - I think the word "Beginner" in the title is a bit misleading, the tunes are really not that easy. I used this book a lot when I was at the same kind of stage you're at. I'm currently working on some stuff from the more advanced books, but finding it quite tough going - rewarding, but tough.
Yep - I can imagine! I think this is at the right level for me (assuming that I'm playing straight off the page, that is!) I'm working on Swingin' 2 at the moment and just working on where to articulate, where to slur and where to accent, so that it (hopefully) sounds polished without losing the relaxed feel.
QUOTE(saxophile @ Jan 15 2011, 09:03 PM)
QUOTE(TSax @ Jan 15 2011, 04:57 PM)
I knew I'd really "switched over" when I was depping in a big band and there was a tenor solo written out - I ended up thinking "there's no way I can sight read that" and improvised the solo instead!
I can relate to that. I haven't yet progressed to the stage in the swing band where I get picked on to do a real solo, thankfully, but I know for a fact that I'd much rather improvise something simple but (hopefully) effective than try to tackle a written-out solo. The written-out solos are too fiddly! Though sometimes as a section the first altos (which includes me) do a written-out solo as a section, and then I just have to muddle through
Actually, I saw the first tenor's self penned solo which looked really complicated. He played it brilliantly but sometimes I think less can be more, if it's played well, particularly if it's a real improvised solo (as opposed to a written one!) I actually really like the written solo from 25 or 6 to 4, (which is also written in the 2nd tenor part) and have really enjoyed playing it at home but don't tell anyone at band!!
Saxophile and I play in the same band, for the benefit of anyone who doesn't know!