Very good article and great suggestions.
I not only recommend using a tuner but one should record themselves as well. Since we always stand behind the horn, we don't really get a fair idea of how we sound from the front. Using a tuner is good but NOT to exaggeration. One can tend to pay more attention to where the "needle" is and not really concentrate on listening.
One thing to note for the altissimo books; Sigurd Rascher and for example, David Liebman (student of Joe Allard as well) approach the altissimo in totally different ways, different fundamental concepts.
Rascher concentrated on playing the altissimo always in tune in comparison to the overtones, which after the fifth partial is not in tune according to the well-tempered tuning we are using. Joe Allard propagated playing the altissimo in tune according to "natural" tones or the octaves. This way, in my opinion, insures better intonation while playing with other instruments.
For more than 20 years Saxophonist/Composer Evan Tate has provided an original voice in the european jazz scene.
With such formations as the “Munich Saxophone Family”, Joe Malinga’s “Southern Africa Force”, Hermann Breuer’s “Blue Bone”, Joris Dudli’s “New York Propjekt” and “Funktett”, Wolfgang Schmid’s “Manaus”, “The New Doug Hammond Trio”, “Legacy”, "Squeezeband - featuring Chico Freeman", or the “Manhattan Symphony Orchestra” he has proven himself to be a valuable sideman and soloist.
With his own projects Spherical and Hittin’ Hard, he continues to display his vision of playing and creating new music for the present age based on jazz tradition.
Evan Tate has also made appearances in Austrian and German radio concerts, as well Saxophone Workshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Evan was educated at the High School of Music & Art and the Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance).
Evan Tate is the author of several books among them “250 Jazz Patterns”, “Blues & Rhythm Changes in All Keys”, and “Coltrane Changes”.
Since 1993 Evan Tate is an Endorser for Julius Keilwerth saxophones.
Since 2006 Evan Tate is a Faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München).