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#71 How To Play The Blues On Sax

improvising May 24, 2020

One of the genres that almost everyone in the Get Your Sax Together community says they love is the blues. I honestly have no idea what people mean when they say that as " blues" covers such a huge swathe of music, from John Lee Hooker, John Coltrane, Ma Rainey and Louis Armstrong to The Who, James Brown, Joe Bonamasa and even Ibiza House tracks, so in this special extended lesson on blues saxophone I thought the best thing to do would be to go right back to the origins of the blues and trace it forward, clearing up any confusion along the way and, most importantly, learn what sax lines we can play on the blues, in any context.

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#70 Learn To Play "The Logical Song" Sax Solo

sax hall of fame May 17, 2020

I've got a real cracker for you guys this week! I breakdown exactly how you play John Helliwell's classic alto sax solo on Supertramp's 1979 hit The Logical Song. Proper Sax Hall Of Fame! I haven't shown the notes and fingerings for tenor for this one as it doesn't sit well on tenor at all, but if you're a tenor player, the free PDF sheet music for The Logical Song has the music for alto AND tenor sax.

Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on YouTube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and a complete transcript are at the bottom of the...

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#69 Learn To Play The "Old Time Rock And Roll" Sax Solo

sax hall of fame May 10, 2020

Got a real classic sax solo for this week! Reed Alto's great bluesy tenor solo on "Old Time Rock And Roll" by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band. This solo is always featured on the lists of most famous sax solos so, of course, it is my duty and honour to bring it to you, dissected and spelled out in the easiest possible way for alto and tenor sax. Don't forget to get your free PDF sheet music for Old Time Rock And Roll and check out the other sax breakdowns in my Sax Hall Of Fame series on YouTube.

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#68 How To Subtone Like A Pro

technique May 03, 2020

In this week's free online saxophone lesson I show you how to get a great "subtone" down the low end of your saxophone. If you don't know what that is, don't worry, all is revealed down below. You can find all my technique videos here and don't forget to get your free PDF cheatsheet for this lesson, which has all the main points from the lesson. Print it off and keep it on your music stand! 

Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on YouTube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and a complete transcript are at the bottom of the blog.

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#49 Learn Wham's Last Christmas On Sax

beginner christmas Dec 22, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on ANY saxophone, you'll learn how to play the hit Christmas song "Last Christmas" by Wham. I've put together a great FREE backing track for you play along to, with full fingerings, note names and music for Eb and Bb saxes.

You can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for all beginner lessons, plus the full Christmas Sax Playlist here.

There's also a free PDF with the sheet music written out for alto AND tenor sax, in the easy key of the video (up a semitone from the original) AND in the original key from the record. 

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#48 Learn To Play Silent Night On Sax (As A Jazz Waltz)

beginner christmas Dec 15, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on ANY saxophone, you'll learn how to play the classic Christmas song, Silent Night, but I've put together a jazz waltz backing track for you play along to, with full fingerings, note names and music for Eb and Bb saxes.
 
You can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for all beginner lessons, plus the full Christmas Sax Playlist here.
 
There's also a free pdf with the sheet music written out for alto AND tenor sax.
 
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#47 Learn To Play Little Donkey (Brazilian-Stylee) On Sax

beginner christmas Dec 08, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on ANY saxophone, you'll learn how to play the classic Christmas song, Little Donkey, but I've put together a Jobim-Getz style Brazilian Bossa Nova backing track for you play along to, with full fingerings, note names and music for Eb and Bb saxes.
 
You can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for all beginner lessons, plus the full Christmas Sax Playlist here.
 
There's also a free PDF with the sheet music written out for alto AND tenor sax.
 
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#46 Learn Jingle Bells On Saxophone

beginner christmas Dec 01, 2019

In this free video lesson, for absolute beginners on ANY saxophone, you'll learn how to play the classic Christmas song, Jingle Bells. You can find my Complete Beginner's Series here for all beginner lessons, plus the full Christmas Sax Playlist here.
 
There's also a FREE PDF with the sheet music written out for alto AND tenor sax.
 
Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight to that portion of the video on youtube (in a separate tab). Full Time stamps for the video and a complete transcript are at the bottom of the blog.
 
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#9 How To Play The Pink Panther Theme On Sax

sax hall of fame Mar 10, 2019

Nothing says "tenor sax" quite like Plas Jonson's performance on the 1963 Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini. It's just so damn sexy! And the good news is, you can learn exactly how to play it with this simple to follow, free sax lesson, right here!
 
The notes for this one don't sit as well on alto sax as they do on tenor - the melody is a bit too low for alto and a bit challenging to get your fingers around, but if it's transposed up the octave it's then too high. That's why this lesson features the tenor notes, however, you can click here to get the free PDF for this video which has the whole melody written out for tenor AND alto sax.
 
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#8 Learn The Baker Street Sax Solo

sax hall of fame Mar 03, 2019

Filmed on Baker Street itself, welcome to the ULTIMATE lesson on how to play Raphael Ravenscroft's alto sax solo from Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street', arguably the world's most famous sax solo. As the original is played on alto, this lesson focuses on the alto sax notes, but if you click here you can get a free pdf to accompany this video, which has a fantastic, 100% accurate, sheet music transcription of the solo written out for alto AND tenor sax.
 
If you enjoy this video, click here for all my other great Hall Of Fame free online sax lessons, featuring the world's most iconic and famous sax songs, such as Careless Whisper.
 
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