Baja By Chance With A Saxophone
a revision of Ray Turner’s original book Baja By Chance
– more content about the saxophone, plus articles and notes about music.
Available at Amazon .com
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Like many musicians, Ray Turner resisted the beaten path of conventional music instruction, and taught himself to play by ear. He could carry a tune, but he had a defect: he never learned to read sheet music. Surprisingly, at the age of seventy, he decided to make a change. From British Columbia, he drove off in a camper van with a book called Learn To Read Music and a tenor saxophone.
Camping in Baja was something he knew about and loved. He was sure he could study in
a sunny place with quiet, pleasant surroundings. And burritos.
There are plenty of books about Baja to tell you where you should go and how you should do it. This is not one of them. In fact, there is a suggestion that you avoid travel guides, and go it alone.
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his approach to music, the author improvised his camping trips in Baja and made road notes about people, places and music. Those impressions provide an engaging background for some curiously titled articles about music: Mean To MeSheet Music Or Not? — I’m In The Mood For FishRobbed In Tijuana — Sax Man In La Paz — Vamos A La Playa — Doctor Jazz — Playing By Ear — Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette — Living With A Hernia (Song titles?)
Whether you are classically trained in music, or like the author, you just picked-it-up-as-you-went-along, you can decide for yourself if the author’s impressions and conclusions about music are naive, debatable, or right on the money. (That’s a song title)

As you read, you can think about enjoying Baja, in an improvised fashion, rather than following the seductive beaten path.