100 Ultimate Blues Riffs for Eb Alto Saxophone, the Beginner Series
by musician, educator and world renowned author Andrew D. Gordon is an
exhaustive guide to introduce beginner students to the various phrases
or “riffs” that make up Blues sax playing, both from a rhythmic and
Due to the continued success of his more advanced book 100 Ultimate
Blues Riffs for Eb Alto Andrew decided to author a similar type of book
for beginner students.
This book is ideal for the beginner to intermediate music student
with most of the examples notated in the easier keys. Besides learning
how to play Blues riffs the book is a useful tool for sight reading
exercises with many different rhythms.
The 12 bar Blues progression and the Blues scale, in Andrew’s
opinion, the two most important aspects of playing the Blues is
explained in detail as well as “straight” and “swing” rhythms.
There are five sections to the riffs in the book, section 1 contains
basic Blues riffs, section 2 contains Rhythm & Blues influenced
riffs, section 3 contains Blues/Boogie Woogie riffs, section 4 contains
Rock influenced Blues riffs and section 5 contains Gospel influenced
Blues riffs. Included with this book is an audio CD that contains all
the riffs, recorded twice: first, sax melody, piano, guitar, bass and
drums and second just the rhythm track of piano, guitar bass & drums
so you can play-a-long.
"Whether reading the 100 riffs or picking them up by ear, the book can have many uses. It is good for sightreading in the style, short improvisational work or developing the ear.
The clean, well-laid out books should offer a springboard into further study of the blues and improvisation." - saxshed.com