Beginning Saxophone: The Jazz Approach

Beginning Saxophone: The Jazz Approach

With this complete beginners series of lessons for alto and tenor, you'll learn all the fundamentals of playing saxophone and reading music with an approach that is geared toward learning to play jazz!

We'll begin with the basics of saxophone assembly, holding the instrument, and making sounds. This is followed by a series of 10 complete lessons.

Here's what's included:

Video and written instruction* is included for each lesson. Playing Exercises are included in the written portion of the lessons, along with videos demonstrating the exercises. Supplemental and review exercises are also included.

Lessons 3-10 include video "Jammin'!" lessons that incorporate concepts and scales learned in the lessons. You'll learn to jam on jazz styles that include Latin, jazz-rock, funk, and swing grooves.

Play-along tracks for the Jammin' lessons are used in the videos and are also included in the "Extras" download for each lesson.

*Note: The written instruction is included in the downloadable "Extras" package for each lesson. That way you can save and print it out for your convenience.

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Beginning Saxophone: The Jazz Approach
  • Saxophone Assembly

    Learn about the contents of your saxophone case and how to properly assemble the instrument.

  • Making Sounds on Your Saxophone

    Learn how to hold your saxophone correctly, form an embouchure, and begin making sounds!

  • Getting Started on Tenor Sax

    Get started playing music on your tenor saxophone! You'll learn to finger and play the first 3 notes.

  • Getting Started on Alto Sax

    Get started playing music on your alto saxophone! You'll learn to finger and play the first 3 notes.

  • Lesson 1 - Beginning Saxophone

    In Lesson 1, you'll learn to play a new note. This note with the notes you learned in the Introductory Lessons in a completely new set of playing exercises. Reminders in counting and tone production are provided, along with separate videos with "Playing Exercise Demonstrations" for alto and teno...

  • Lesson 1 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 13 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 1 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 1 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 13 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 1 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 2 - Beginning Sax

    NEW: Four new notes - Long tones for improving tone quality - G Major Scale: Playing exercises are designed to help build reading and rhythmic fluency through a full octave. Learning the G scale provides preparation for improvising in the next lesson.

  • Lesson 2 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 13 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 2 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 2 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 13 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 2 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 3 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Tuning the sax- Half-notes & rests - Jazz improvisation in G major: Playing exercises incorporating half-notes & rests are included to build technique & reading skills. A jazz improvisation lesson & play-along track with a bossa-nova groove are included.

  • Lesson 3 - Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    Begin "Jammin'!" on your tenor sax using the G Major Scale with a Bossa Nova groove!

  • Lesson 3 Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    Begin "Jammin'!" on your alto sax using the G Major Scale with a Bossa Nova groove!

  • Lesson 3 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 10 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 3 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 3 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 10 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 3 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • lesson 4 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Tuning the sax- Half-notes & rests - Jazz improvisation in G major: Playing exercises incorporating half-notes & rests are included to build technique & reading skills. A jazz improvisation lesson & play-along track with a bossa-nova groove are included.

  • Lesson 4 - Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    We'll jam together on alto saxes using the C Major Scale and a jazz style R&B groove.

  • Lesson 4 Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    We'll jam together on tenor saxes using the C Major Scale and a jazz style R&B groove.

  • Lesson 4 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 9 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 4 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 4 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 9 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 4 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 5 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Two new notes - Dotted half-notes - Ties - 1st & 2nd endings - F Major Scale: This lesson begins with a scale review and tone exercises. Playing exercises use a variety of rhythms learned in this and previous lessons. A jazz improv lesson and play-along track with a funky minor groove are in...

  • Lesson 5 Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    You'll learn about Jammin'! in minor keys using a jazz-rock groove in G minor on tenor sax in this lesson.

  • Lesson 5 Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    You'll learn about Jammin'! in minor keys using a jazz-rock groove in G minor on tenor sax in this lesson.

  • Lesson 5 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 8 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 5 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.