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Beginner Alto Saxophone Lessons Introduction by Matthew
Welcome to how to play the sax. In this course, we will start with the basics. However, we will then aim to get you up and running quickly. Want to learn saxophone fast? You've come to the right place :-) Let me help you play the music that you want to play on your saxophone! Thanks, Matthew
All about saxophone neck straps: Correct height and adjustment. Correct placement.
Saxophone mouthpieces and reed placement: How to attach your reed to your mouthpiece. Correct adjustment and careful handling.
How to assemble your saxophone: How to put your sax together, Care and handling. Please don't drop it!
Mouths and tongues. It's not quite a case of just shoving your sax into your mouth and blowing.
How to pack up your saxophone. Again, careful handling, Correct order - what to take off and put away and in what order.
The first three notes just happen to be: Julie Andrews as Maria in the movie "The Sound Of Music" said it best.
How to play hot cross buns on the saxophone.
How to play mary had a little lamb on the saxophone. How to play merrily we roll along on the saxophone.
Three More Notes F# E D Now we're movin' and groovin'.
How to play hot cross buns on the saxophone - using your right hand.
Hot Cross Buns - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Mary Had A Funky Lamb - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Mary Had A Funky Lamb PDF
New notes C F - and C major scale Don't forget to download (and perhaps print out) the Scales.pdf that shows all the notes we will be playing in this section.
More New Notes C# D - and D Major Scale
Long notes and breathing: If you don't breathe properly, you'll fall over well, maybe not quite "fall over" as such, but with this lesson, you will learn how to get the most out of your saxophone and your breath.
Another New Note Bb - and F Major Scale
Another New Note G# - and A Major Scale
Frere Jacques - I Hear Thunder Let's play the old French favorite.
Jingle Bells Ho, ho, ho, Happy Holidays to you!
Bat Man: Zap!! Pow!! Ugggh!!! Holy Hot Saxophones Bat Man.
Happy Birthday: An important part of any saxophonists' repertoire.
Shave and a Haircut: Arguably the most important riff you'll ever need when playing the saxophone.
Happy - by Pharrell Williams: If learning this song does not make you happy, then potentially nothing will! Let's move, let's groove and let's have some fun :-)
Practice Makes Perfect: If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.
Frere Jacques - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Shave And A Haircut PDF

You may be a primary or elementary school student (or parent), you may be a junior or senior high school student (or parent), you may be at university or college, or perhaps you are an adult who has always wanted to play the saxophone.

If you are brand new to the saxophone, then I can help you learn how to play the sax. In this course, we cater for all beginner saxophone players ranging in age from about 10 to 110 years old. It is never too late to learn how to play the saxophone.

You can use these online beginner saxophone lessons as a stand-alone system to learn how to play the sax. Or, you can use them to supplement, and as an addition to the sax lessons, you might be having privately or at school. Either way, these beginner sax lessons will jump-start and turbocharge your playing.

As part of our beginner saxophone lesson journey together, we will be playing a lot by ear. That means that we will use our ears to hear, our eyes to watch and our brain to translate it all into our fingers and mouth on our saxophones.

By listening and playing together, you will be making music together in no time.

Reading music is important, but actually playing music is important too. Initially, we will simply concentrate on playing. And playing music is fun. If you don’t enjoy it, then perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it.

In this course, we will be having fun. We will take some simple and traditional songs, learn them first, then play around with them. We’ll jazz them up, slow them down, rock them out and change them completely.

As well as the video lessons, we have backing tracks as MP3 files that you can download too. Play them on your computer, your phone, your tablet, your stereo system and play your sax along with them.

There are also PDF files to download (and print out if you wish) to help make learning the saxophone easier for you. Watch the lessons once, or twice, or ten times, or make them a part of your daily practice routine.

Online saxophone lessons are a great way to learn how to play the sax because you can download the videos, look on the screen or print out the materials and access them as often as you like, when and where it suits you.

So, who am I, and why should you let me help you learn how to play the sax?

My name is Matthew, and I have been playing the saxophone for more than 33 years. I have played in rock bands, jazz bands, big bands, concert bands, musical theatre groups, orchestras, and ensembles. I have played big gigs and small gigs, bars, pubs, clubs, and stadiums. I have played with famous people. I have recorded and been involved with CDs that have sold all over the world across all styles of music. I have taught students who are young and not so young. I enjoy playing my sax by myself or with others. I am equally at home on my Tenor sax as I am on my Alto sax or my Soprano sax. My theory is that I will play with anyone, at any time, in any style. I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy it all.

Music and playing music is my passion, and I want to pass this passion on to you.

Playing the saxophone can be easy, with the right instructions and teaching. Whether you want to be the next Maceo Parker, John Coltrane, Clarence Clemons, Kenny G, Candy Dulfer, Zoot from the Muppets, or simply just want to learn how to play the saxophone, then you have come to the right place.

Who should take this course?
  • Beginner saxophone lessons are best for people who are aged between 10 and 110
  • People who may or may not want to be rock stars when they grow up.

Requirements

  • You will need access to an alto saxophone.
  • You will need a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
Beginner Alto Saxophone Lessons Introduction by Matthew
Welcome to how to play the sax. In this course, we will start with the basics. However, we will then aim to get you up and running quickly. Want to learn saxophone fast? You've come to the right place :-) Let me help you play the music that you want to play on your saxophone! Thanks, Matthew
All about saxophone neck straps: Correct height and adjustment. Correct placement.
Saxophone mouthpieces and reed placement: How to attach your reed to your mouthpiece. Correct adjustment and careful handling.
How to assemble your saxophone: How to put your sax together, Care and handling. Please don't drop it!
Mouths and tongues. It's not quite a case of just shoving your sax into your mouth and blowing.
How to pack up your saxophone. Again, careful handling, Correct order - what to take off and put away and in what order.
The first three notes just happen to be: Julie Andrews as Maria in the movie "The Sound Of Music" said it best.
How to play hot cross buns on the saxophone.
How to play mary had a little lamb on the saxophone. How to play merrily we roll along on the saxophone.
Three More Notes F# E D Now we're movin' and groovin'.
How to play hot cross buns on the saxophone - using your right hand.
Hot Cross Buns - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Mary Had A Funky Lamb - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Mary Had A Funky Lamb PDF
New notes C F - and C major scale Don't forget to download (and perhaps print out) the Scales.pdf that shows all the notes we will be playing in this section.
More New Notes C# D - and D Major Scale
Long notes and breathing: If you don't breathe properly, you'll fall over well, maybe not quite "fall over" as such, but with this lesson, you will learn how to get the most out of your saxophone and your breath.
Another New Note Bb - and F Major Scale
Another New Note G# - and A Major Scale
Frere Jacques - I Hear Thunder Let's play the old French favorite.
Jingle Bells Ho, ho, ho, Happy Holidays to you!
Bat Man: Zap!! Pow!! Ugggh!!! Holy Hot Saxophones Bat Man.
Happy Birthday: An important part of any saxophonists' repertoire.
Shave and a Haircut: Arguably the most important riff you'll ever need when playing the saxophone.
Happy - by Pharrell Williams: If learning this song does not make you happy, then potentially nothing will! Let's move, let's groove and let's have some fun :-)
Practice Makes Perfect: If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.
Frere Jacques - Alto Saxophone Backing Track
Shave And A Haircut PDF

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Have Fun. Play Saxophone. Be Awesome. Repeat.
Music lessons - and in particular, beginner saxophone lessons - should be fun !

My philosophy is to teach beginner saxophone students how to be musicians, which is different than just being able to play an instrument such as the saxophone.  

Anyone can learn how to play the saxophone.  It is NEVER too late to learn saxophone :-)

However, learning how to listen to and feel the music, as well as play, will open up a joy that will last you for your entire life.

Learning to "play by ear" is just as important as "reading the notes".

I want you to enjoy your music and to be able to play the music that YOU want to play. 

Beginner Saxophone Lessons are best for people who are aged between 10 and 110.

Thanks,

Matthew

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