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Teaching the Saxophone Section

For a more comprehensive discussion and annotations, read Eugene Rousseau: With Casual Brilliance and consult the other publications mentioned in this website.


Most saxophonists are initially attracted to the instrument by its sound and that topic is often what Eugene Rousseau addresses first in saxophone workshops, master classes, and his studio. Like Marcel Mule, he speaks of the saxophone in vocal rather than string terms, asking us to make the saxophone sing. His approach to the instrument appeals to listeners who are new to the saxophone as well as those such as the gifted jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker, who said, "I enjoy listening to classical saxophone players. I particularly admire Eugene Rousseau." 


Topics

Tone Production

Air Column and Embouchure

Saxophone Equipment and the Saxophone Section

Notes on “The Other Saxophones”

Tuning the Concert Band Saxophone Section