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Zinn and The Art Of Saxophone is Dann's Zinn's magnum opus for the teaching of technique. It encompasses more than forty years of study and training, and is the backbone of his and his students' virtuosity. Zinn And The Art Of Saxophone is designed to provide a course of technical study for a lifetime of improvement.

The books are designed in a 'martial arts' format, moving from the beginning white level to the very advanced black level. The format and structure is consistent for each book, with exercises for tone, chromatics, scales, intervals, arpeggios, and miscellaneous studies. These books provide the student with the essential structure needed to reach their highest goals. The exercises range from core basics to the most difficult of studies. This curriculum can guide both the beginning and most serious of students to musical excellence. The books are balanced, self-paced, and effective.


  • A detailed philosophical approach for guidance, clarity, and encouragement.

  • Numerous and varied long tone exercises, tone etudes covering all registers, articulation, overtones, extended tonal techniques such as subtone, scooping and bending, singing while playing, playing with the different vowel sounds, and vibrato.

  • Countless ways to play scales and related exercises.

  • Exotic and unusual scales and arpeggios.

  • Hundreds of studies of altissimo, large intervals, palm keys, finger twisters, alternative fingerings, trills, extended techniques.

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When it comes to musical pedagogy, I’m certainly no expert; but, that being said, the six books of Zinn and the Art of Saxophone, when taken all together, just might be the most comprehensive collection on saxophone technique I have ever seen: wide-ranging in scope, meticulous in detail, logical in organization, intuitive in use, exhaustive, exacting, challenging, inspiring. Makes me want to practice - almost! 


Dann Zinn’s Art of The Saxophone is a must have for all saxophonists out there, from beginners to the most advanced. The books are expertly organized, acknowledging all the challenges a saxophonist might encounter in today’s world. Highly Recommended.


Zinn and the Art of Saxophone, is the most organized and comprehensive approach to approaching all levels of saxophone technique that I’ve ever seen. The pacing of the books brings you along in a way that encourages positive reinforcement and creativity at every turn and leaves no question unanswered. Amazing!


Dann Zinn’s Zinn and the Art of The Saxophone is one of the most thorough tools I have ever seen for developing every facet of a student’s technique. Using scales and patterns, these exercises take you through the basics and way beyond. It is clear, well-organized and thoughtfully and intuitively expressed. Any student who spends time with these books will benefit in countless ways. I will certainly recommend this curriculum to my students at Julliard.


Dann Zinn is a masterful musician/teacher who has put together a comprehensive and extremely thorough methodology for becoming an accomplished saxophonist. He covers all the bases and has thoughtful explanations as to why one would take this approach. I highly recommend these books for the serious student of saxophone playing.



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