Saxophone Tricks of the Trade 4+

Jazz & Blues Techniques


Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings
    • $9.99



To-the-point video tutorials with accompanying scores & backing tracks. Excellent resource for jazz & blues saxophone players. Pentatonics, 3 against 4, motives and more

Essential Jazz & Blues Saxophone tricks of the trade. Play 4 against 5, Motivic Development, Pentatonics over Altered chords, and much more.

Award winner saxophonist Mario Cerra (Boston, USA) will explain and demonstrate 20 musical elements that you can easily incorporate to your playing.

The application contains video tutorials and demonstrations, PDF files with transcriptions and practice charts, audio tracks for practice and much more.
From saxophone technique to improvisation, multiphonics, effects and articulation, this app will keep you busy for a long time. Options include all PDF files and audio tracks needed for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, as well as videos and demonstrations in English and Spanish.

Learn how to growl, bend notes, rhythmic displacements, sophisticated ways to use pentatonic and blues scales and much, much more.

Here’s a complete list of topics in this app:

1- Lester: Using overtones to create a variety of tonal colors
2- Mix Them Up: Using overtones to create a variety of colors
3- Side D: Three different fingerings for the middle D
4- Dexter: Effect for Bb-G trill
5- John’s way: Example of multiphonics
6- The Wolf: How to make your horn growl
7- Slide: Glissando, or bending notes
8- Ghosts: Ghosting and accenting notes for great articulation
9- The “Cannon” Effect: Great combination of trills
10- S-S-P: Skip-Step concept on pentatonic scale
11- S-S-B: Skip-Step concept on blues scale
12- Jazz it up: How to produce an essential accent in jazz
13- Tension: Using a pentatonic scale on altered dominant chords
14- Release: Using a pentatonic scale on Maj 7th chords
15- Blues and Motives: Creating strong motives within the blues scale
16- Four and One: Playing four consecutive 8th notes and one 8th rest
17- Three on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 3/4 over 4/4
18- Five on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 5/4 over 4/4
19- Flashy: Bend and trill
20- Pure Expression: How to practice vibrato

What’s New

Version 10.15.2020

New, easy-to-use UI. Load a lesson with the score and backing track and play.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Sax Spencer ,


This is so cool!! I am having so much fun with this app!
There are a ton of creative ideas that can evolve from these lessons.
Video tutorials are very clear and straight to the point. I could quickly incorporate several of these ideas in my performances in just a few days.
I particularly like being able to print the music examples and practice charts, and play them along with the background tracks provided.
I would strongly recommend this app to any saxophonist who wants to improve their game!

Man cool ,


This is one of my favorite apps on the AppStore. It is very informal and helps me become an amazing musician! It gives you a hands on approach to awesome techniques to learn on the saxophone. I would definitely recommend this app to any saxophonist who wants to step up their game and improve their skills. This app is sensational and there for I am giving it 5 stars!

Dihrdbsfan ,

Extremely helpful

This app includes great and clear demonstrations of the skills along with examples of how it is used in playing. It also has sheet music for the different skills and backing tracks that can be in the key of either Eb or Bb. This app will greatly benefit anybody who is looking to acquire more skills to make their playing better.

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