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    Default Instructional Tenor Lessons DVD recommendations?

    Hello, I've been playing tenor sax off and on for a while. I've primarily learned to play by ear, but want to be able to learn scales, arpeggios, and other beginner/intermediate techniques. I'm looking for a DVD that will go over these basic things, and perhaps some play-along exercises or some improv lessons too.

    Am I asking too much? I've been searching for too long on the so-called world wide web tonight, and have curiously come up with very little. I have a hard time believing that there's not an entrepreneurial sax player out there that has never developed a multi-dvd series. I'm hoping to get some good recommendations here. Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

    I've looked at Essential Elements, which looks promising--but a bit limiting. A few pro players have some: Steve Wilkerson (one reviewer said its mostly him playing and not explaining basic things), Eric Marienthal, Pete Thomas (alto, but looks good, however a UK DVD which won't play on my TV), Joey Berkley. Any of these or others that fit my criteria?

    Thanks!!!!
    LB

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    I have much of that stuff on my site as audio and video lessons. You download them and can play them on your computer over and over again so it's as good as a DVD. http://www.neffmusic.com/neffmusic-store/ The beginner lessons are based on the Essential Elements book so that can get you started reading and I cover all the basics so you can build the right habits. After that there are 250+ lessons on scales, triads,tunes,improv..........Email me if you have any questions.

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    You can take a look at my site too. I have written a beginner method with a series of video and audio lessons that are downloadable. There's some basic info on the homepage: www.beginningsax.com and lesson specific info at:
    http://www.beginningsax.com/Beginner...%20Lessons.htm

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    Lessons page: www.beginningsax.com/Jazz%20Improv%20Lessons.htm
    Rhythm Changes Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrT0Xw_y9d0
    Rhythm Changes Lesson:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMOW7QAfpwo

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    Thank you. I'll check out the sites from you two. I specifically was looking for DVD, however, because the sound quality is simply not loud enough on my computer. Without getting too techincal, can your videos be burned onto DVD?

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    It would be the same as burning any computer video to DVD. You would just need software to do that. The resolution on my videos is suited for a computer though. They are 25-35 minutes long and to do them at high-resolution for a tv would be a huge amount of memory. Steve


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    Joey Berkley has a very good DVD out for 25 bucks. Steve's stuff is good also. K
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