Essential Jazz Repertoire Vol 1 Intermediate Etudes

A course in how to get the most out of studying jazz etudes. This collection of fun to play etudes composed over standard chord progressions goes along with the first volume of backing tracks from A video lesson accompanies each piece to help students learn jazz language and improvisation techniques.


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Steve Kortyka

Steve Kortyka is a full time New York saxophonist who is passionate about teaching jazz improvisation concepts to his students from around the world in the Better Sax Studio and elsewhere. As a member of the Brian Newman quintet, Steve is an in-demand performer appearing live alongside Lady Gaga and the legendary Tony Bennett as well as on the pair’s latest album releases.

What You Get

List of Etudes

Online Video Course

Each etude is designed to teach you an element of jazz language and improvisation techniques. Steve Kortyka guides you step by step so you’re not just playing the notes, but learning the tools you need to become a better improviser.

3 Digital Download Books

Eb, Bb and C Instrument versions are included with your enrollment.

Audio Recordings

Listen and practice along to recordings of each etude played over the original backing track accompaniment.

Take Your Playing to the Next Level


You should begin by watching these free videos and by signing up for my free Play Sax by Ear Crash Course. Once you have completed that material, you you will be ready to take my Pentatonic Foundation Course.

Yes! The videos can be viewed on any device as long as you are connected to the internet. They are streamed from a private server in High Definition and can be watched an unlimited number of times. The PDF can be downloaded for offline use.
No. There is not yet a DVD version of this course.

No. Once you are enrolled, you have lifetime access. There will be no recurring fees or renewal fees. Pay once, that’s it.

As soon as your purchase is completed you will receive a confirmation email. Please check junk and spam folders for this if you don’t see it right away. Add to your contact list, to ensure delivery of all important emails.

Follow the instructions in this email to login to the BetterSax Members Area where you will find your courses waiting for you.

Yes. 30 days trial, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you don’t find that the Course has helped you improve as a sax player, just send us a message and we will refund your entire purchase price no questions asked (If you opt for the physical print version of the book, this portion of your purchase is non-refundable).

No, the this course is for all instruments. The demonstrations are all done on alto saxophone, but the student can play all of the etudes on any instrument.
Absolutely yes! The etudes in this course can be played on any instrument.
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