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Goodbye cacophony.

Hello saxophony.

Goodbye cacophony.

Hello saxophony.

Saxophone

Designed by Adolphe Sax halfway through the 19th century, the saxophone quickly became popular with the composers of the day.

Since then it’s been used in military bands and marching bands, but more recently and most commonly in jazz – made great by the greats: think Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Lester Young and Sonny Rollins. Grover Washington and David Sanborn also helped put sax on the popular music map.

Sax comes in a family of four – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone – although tiny and giant versions have also been made. While it’s a relatively easy instrument to come to grips with, good saxophonists are always in demand and, somehow, always cool.

Let's Play

Even greats get going here.

Making music starts with you producing your first sound, and getting a few fundamentals right.

This isn’t just true for beginners; sometimes even proficient professionals benefit from going back to the basics covered in this video.

COURSE LEVELS

So, sax is where your heart is. Let’s see where your head, mouth and hands are.

When you enrol, you get access to all three levels: Introductory Level, Level 1 and Level 2. Read on to find out what level you’re at.

Get started with a free trial. Or cut straight to the chase and enrol in a course.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played saxophone before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to get a sound out of the thing.
  • Have a saxophone, but have no idea what to do with it except look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know where to find the basic notes on your saxophone, you’ll be able to play melodies and read music.
  • Will be able to pick up your horn and play along with some great backing tracks.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic notes on the saxophone. You’ll learn about posture, fingerings, embouchure and breathing. You’ll learn about theory, start reading music, do some ear training with your voice and your instrument, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Introductory Level

Right now, you:

  • Have never played saxophone before, or if you did it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten how to get a sound out of the thing.
  • Have a saxophone, but have no idea what to do with it except look at it with a glint in your eyes and a vision of playing your heart out in a band.
  • Have a collection of music that you love, and you’d love to be able to play some of it.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will be able to play some music: you’ll know where to find the basic notes on your saxophone, you’ll be able to play melodies and read music.
  • Will be able to pick up your horn and play along with some great backing tracks.
  • Might find a song in your collection that you can play along with, and you’ll start hearing things musically that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You’ll take your first steps to becoming a real musician. Spanning genres as wide as folk, Latin, jazz and pop, you’ll learn 6 original tunes and play along with some well-known songs.

You’ll learn the first basic notes on the saxophone. You’ll learn about posture, fingerings, embouchure and breathing. You’ll learn about theory, start reading music, do some ear training with your voice and your instrument, and take your first steps as an improvisor. You’ll also play along with attractive backing tracks and learn how to practice with our Shedding Sessions.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the important notes on your instrument, you have a sound, you control your breath, and your saxophone doesn’t feel like a stranger to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your hearing open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the basic range on the saxophone, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable with your saxophone, and expressing yourself through it.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming an excellent musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument, your breathing and your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 1

Right now, you:

  • Know the important notes on your instrument, you have a sound, you control your breath, and your saxophone doesn’t feel like a stranger to you.
  • Can read, count, play with backing tracks, and even improvise a little.
  • Have your hearing open to different genres, and you listen not only with the ear of a music lover, but of a musician.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control the basic range on the saxophone, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties will be part of your musical tools.
  • Will have played with some exciting reading tracks, and your improvisation will have expanded. You’ll feel more comfortable with your saxophone, and expressing yourself through it.
  • Will have developed your hearing, and your knowledge about music theory will have opened your ears to elements in music that you weren’t aware of before.

In this course:

You get on a solid path to becoming an excellent musician. Sure, with lots still to learn, but you’ll become comfortable with your instrument, your breathing and your sound. You learn 12 original songs, reading parts with fantastic backing tracks. You’ll learn not to be intimidated by a piece of sheet music. You’ll be able to close your eyes and play your heart out, while improvising against inspiring backing tracks.

Level 2

Right now, you:

  • Can control the basic range on the saxophone, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are among your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable with your instrument and expressing yourself through it. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control two full octaves on the saxophone. Different time and key signatures won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved and your dynamics will be clearer.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a big band, brass band or with a pop or blues group. Dazzling Parker or Brecker licks will beckon, and you’ll be moving toward them at a solid pace.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper saxophonist, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper saxophone player, with a sound, and a love of your horn.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

Level 2 | COMING SOON

Right now, you:

  • Can control the basic range on the saxophone, and know the important flats and sharps. Rhythms, swing feel, dots and ties are among your musical tools.
  • Are comfortable with your instrument and expressing yourself through it. You can read fairly comfortably, improvise a little, and have some knowledge about music theory.

At the end of this course, you:

  • Will control two full octaves on the saxophone. Different time and key signatures won’t be alien to you. Your reading will have improved and your dynamics will be clearer.
  • Will feel comfortable with new music. Unafraid to close your eyes and play by intuition, you’ll also be able to pick up a tune by ear and play it.
  • Will be able to play in a big band, brass band or with a pop or blues group. Dazzling Parker or Brecker licks will beckon, and you’ll be moving toward them at a solid pace.
  • Will have discovered music you hadn’t heard before, and your sensitivity will have developed.
  • Will be a proper saxophonist, ready to go out into the world.

In this course:

The essential tools in music are covered, and a solid foundation is well laid: you read, play by ear, improvise, play fast and slow. You develop into a proper saxophone player, with a sound, and a love of your horn.

Get started with a free trial.Or enrol for /month (and get all Introductory Level and Level 1 material included). You can switch levels any time.

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