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
  • 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 Extras.zip

    6.86 MB

  • 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.

  • Lesson 5 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

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

  • lesson 6 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Three new notes - Eighth-notes: After beginning with a scale review and long-tone warm-up, the focus of the written lesson is to build technique and reading skills. A jazz improv lesson and play-along track with a bluesy jazz-rock groove are included.

  • Lesson 6 Extras.zip

    6.91 MB

  • Lesson 6 Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    We'll use a mode known as Mixolydian as we jam in D on tenor sax with a funky jazz-rock groove in this lesson.

  • Lesson 6 Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    We'll use a mode known as Mixolydian as we jam in D on alto sax with a funky jazz-rock groove in this lesson.

  • Lesson 6 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 8 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 6 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 6 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 8 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 6 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • lesson 7 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Two new notes - Eighth-rests - Slurs - Dynamics - D Major Scale: After beginning with a scale review & long-tone warm-up, the focus of the written lesson is to build technique, range, and reading skills. A jazz improv lesson & play-along track with a funky jazz-rock groove are included.

  • Lesson 7 Extras.zip

    7.16 MB

  • Lesson 7 Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    We'll jam on alto sax using 3 types of scales along with a funky jazz-rock groove in E minor in this lesson. The E Dorian, E minor pentatonic, and E blues scales are all explored!

  • Lesson 7 Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    We'll jam on tenor sax using 3 types of scales along with a funky jazz-rock groove in E minor in this lesson. The E Dorian, E minor pentatonic, and E blues scales are all explored!

  • Lesson 7 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Tenor Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 8 tenor sax playing exercises found in Lesson 7 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 7 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 8 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 7 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.

  • Lesson 8 - Beginning Saxophone

    NEW: Two new notes - Dotted-quarter notes: This lesson includes exercises designed to build technique & rhythmic accuracy. A jazz improv lesson & play-along track with a bossa nova groove are included.

  • Lesson 8 Extras.zip

    6.98 MB

  • Lesson 8 Jammin'! - Tenor Sax

    We'll use the B Flat Major Scale, the B Flat Major Pentatonic Scale, and the F Major Pentatonic Scale on our tenor saxes with a Bossa Nova groove in B Flat Major in this Jammin'! lesson.

  • Lesson 8 Jammin'! - Alto Sax

    We'll use the B Flat Major Scale, the B Flat Major Pentatonic Scale, and the F Major Pentatonic Scale on our alto saxes with a Bossa Nova groove in B Flat Major in this Jammin'! lesson.

  • Lesson 8 Playing Exercise Demonstrations - Alto Sax

    This video includes demonstrations of the 6 alto sax playing exercises found in Lesson 8 of your Beginning Sax Lesson Series.