ALL NEW STUDIES FROM THE MUSIC OF J.S. BACH
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK FROM NYC SAXOPHONIST JON DE LUCIA
A unique approach to scale/interval practice for saxophone and all instruments, Bach Shapes is the music of J.S. Bach distilled to its basic elements: beautiful melodic shapes.
Bach’s music has never been broken down in book form this way. The studies are drawn from Bach’s violin, cello, flute and keyboard music and ordered by difficulty, transposed into all keys. Learn to stretch your range and play intervals more evenly with these musical studies. The patterns can then be used to inform jazz improvisation, the path to this is shown in four original etudes at the end of the book.
Follow Jon’s blog at www.jondelucia.com/blog for updates, how-to’s and different ways to approach the material.
BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!
2017 August Update: I am now only shipping physical copies of the book to the US and Canada. I advise my international customers to order their copies from Amazon.com, jazzbooks.com, or order the digital version from this site.
Bach Shapes is now being sold in stores at Robertos Winds in Manhattan, the Buffet Crampon Showroom in Manhattan, and at Music Espresso in Boston.
The book has had a great response from non-saxophonists, proving to be a great method for brass players, double reed players, vibraphonists and more!
WHAT PLAYERS ARE SAYING:
“Jon De Lucia has created a compelling set of new studies, combining intrinsic musical elements with precise technical challenges in the tradition of the best etudes. Rather than targeting classical, jazz or pop saxophonists, these studies focus on issues of interval, intonation and musical phrase making in ways that are central to any style. Thanks for new stuff to practice and teach with!”
-Andrew Sterman, NYC Freelancer, Phillip Glass Ensemble, Teacher
“No matter what instrument you play, if you’re looking for a book to live on your music stand for the next several decades, this is the one. With some careful and attentive work on these sequences, these excerpts are sure to expand your musical vocabulary, as well as your sound and technique. There’s endless possibilities here.”
–Sam Sadigursky, NYC Freelancer, Broadway’s Matilda and The Band’s Visit
“What a great book…such a great concept using these amazing melodies and motives to create new practice material.”
–Dino Govoni, Faculty at Berklee College of Music
“Excellent. Beautiful presentation and great content.”
-Walt Weiskopf, Freelancer and Educator/Author
–Dmitry Baevsky, NYC Freelance Saxophonist
“This book is great for practicing and learning really nice sounding passages from Bach in a more focused manner. All passages are transposed as well so you can focus on a particular key that needs work. The engraving is very clear and spacing very well done, its been on my music stand for a while now and has really been fun!”
–Andrew Hadro, NYC Freelance Saxophonist
“In this book, Jon explores some beautiful melodies from Bach’s music and turns them into fun segments for practice and improvisation. I personally find practicing diatonic exercises to be one of the most useful ways to build my ear and technique. Jon gives some helpful suggestions on how to make use of these melodic sequences but the book is very open for the teacher or student to find their own creative uses for these exercises. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new and enjoyable way to approach their technique practice and expand their vocabulary. Bravo, Jon!”
–Marc Schwartz, NYC Freelance Saxophonist
-Diane Hunger, International Performer and Faculty at Syracuse University
A Look Inside:
Read a short tutorial on one way to practice the book on the