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- Paul Masterdon
Welcome to Music Mnemonics, the fun and memorable way to get to grips with reading music and learning to play an instrument. We use advanced learning methods to take all the hard work out of learning.
In no time at all, you’ll instantly know and recognise the notes, meaning you’ll be able to play faster and better… even when sight-reading.
If you’ve been struggling to recognise the notes fast enough when reading music (or don't know how to read music at all), and/or struggle to remember the fingering for the different notes, then this is the book for you. No knowledge of music theory is required. This works for adults and kids alike.
You'll not only learn to instantly recognise notes on sheet music, but instantly know where on the tenor saxophone any note is. With dozens of bespoke mnemonic specific for the tenor sax, this system is revolutionary.
With this system, each note (A, B etc) is called its own name and assigned the colour to match its name e.g. Blue for B. A high B and a low B will have a different name. They will both be the same colour, but I've called the lowest B on the sax the 'Bones' note, and the highest, the 'Bee' note. The B in the middle that normally everyone starts out with is called the 'Boxer' note.
With each note name, I've given mnemonics to instantly recognise the note on the sheet music PLUS also the fingering patterns on your instrument. This goes for all the sharps and flat versions of the notes too. You will soon know these notes without even thinking. It will be instant recall: the stuff that normally takes many, many months of practise for a musician to achieve.
My sax fingering charts differ as they are designed the way the brain actually thinks: the right way around. Now you can see in your mind how YOU would play the notes. The issue with all other sax charts that I have seen is that they are not player-focused - they are audience-focused, depicting the fingerings the 'wrong' way around. A learner has to do mental gymnastics by translating and then reversing the pictures in their mind before 'seeing' the note on their instrument.
It's a long-winded way of going about things. Why go through all that pain when you don't have to? Learn as the brain thinks the first time around, while easily learning how to read music with my other fun mnemonics to further help embed this knowledge in your brain, and then watch your playing go stratospheric as a result. I know this system works for kids and adults alike. Enjoy it.