Learn to Play Saxophone: Beginner to Pro in Under Four Hours
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Learn to Play Saxophone: Beginner to Pro in Under Four Hours

Master the art of Saxophone! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours, for a fraction of the cost.
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 114 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Assemble and care for a saxophone
  • Form a correct, strong saxophone embouchure
  • Read and interpret music notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play nearly every note on the saxophone
Requirements
  • Working Alto-Saxophone
  • Saxophone Reeds
  • Neck Strap
Description

|| COURSE DESCRIPTION ||

Learning to play the saxophone is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. 

That's where MusicProfessor can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great saxophonist. On the way, you'll also learn music theory and musicianship skills. 

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. Each MusicProfessor Saxophone course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 18,000 MusicProfessor students and begin your studies today!


|| COURSE FEATURES ||

  • 75+ video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music
  • Animated fingering charts
  • Saxophone equipment recommendations
  • Saxophone-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Music Theory basics

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


|| NOTABLE REVIEWS ||

“Good clear instruction. They way in which this course is presented is well thought out and wants to make you learn more and more. The pace is also good, gives you time to practice. Very clear instruction.”

    -Enrico Marongiu

“A good start, from the very beginning. Having attended other in-person courses, I'd say this is the right way to approach the discovery and practice of Saxophone playing.”

    -T. Lee


|| ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR ||

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Los Angeles-based saxophonist-composer Dave Wilson graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under David Baker, Tom Walsh, and Pat Harbison. Following that, he lived in Macedonia for two years,working in the non-profit sector yet immersed in a world of Balkan music, performing with local folk, jazz, and rock musicians in the studio, in local clubs, and at festivals.

His collaborators have included Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics), Engelbert Humperdinck, James Torm, composer Mateo Messina (Juno, Thank You for Smoking), producer Charlton Pettus, and French gypsy jazz artist Jessica Fichot.

His performance work has taken him to the stages of the Chicago World Music Festival, the Lotus Festival, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the London Palladium, the Sydney Opera House, and the Araneta Coliseum, where Ali and Frazier met at the Thrilla in Manila. In 2010 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, he debuted Light Connected, a piece for clarinet, alto flute, cello, bass, cajon, dancer, and spoken word poet that he conceptualized and co-composed.

In addition to his work as a composer-musician, Dave just completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. His work there focused on the Macedonian folk tradition, and on how traditional and popular music reflect, articulate,and construct national identity, politics, class, and ethnic tensions in the context of a post-socialist capitalist society.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

Who this course is for:
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
Course content
Expand all 77 lectures 03:56:19
+ Intro to Saxophone
5 lectures 23:40

Start here! You can download the course's companion sheet music book by clicking on the resources tab or directly from the course navigation menu. 


Preview 00:22

Learn about the different parts of the saxophone, including the ligature and reed, and learn how to carefully assemble the entire instrument

Putting it Together
05:47

Learn about the importance of breathing, support, and controlling your air

Breathing
06:53

Learn how to correctly sit, relax, and hold the instrument

Preview 07:33

Learn how to disassemble the instrument, clean it, care for it, and troubleshoot any problems that may occur

Taking it Apart
03:05
+ Embouchure
6 lectures 23:00

In this lesson you will learn how to form a correct saxophone embouchure and play your first few notes

Intro
00:26

Once again, review how to carefully assemble the instrument, breath, and sit with good posture

Recap
02:28

Learn how to correctly position your face, mouth, lips, and tongue to form a good saxophone embouchure

Embouchure
04:47

Learn your first two notes, B and C and correctly adjust squawking issues

Preview 04:50

Learn how to articulate notes with the tongue by noting careful tongue position in the mouth and on the reed

Tonguing
04:18

Listen and play along, trying to match pitch while incorporating the tongue. Also learn how to adjust intonation with the ligature

Tonguing and Tuning
06:11
+ Reading Music
6 lectures 14:48

In this lesson, learn how to read music through various exercises

Intro
00:19

Once again, review your first two notes, B and C and how to correctly tongue

Recap
02:44

Begin incorporating counting, pulse, and rhythm in the context of longtone exercises

Longtones
02:52
Learning to Read Music
05:17
Exercises 1
01:51
Exercises 2
01:45
+ Slurring and Tonguing
10 lectures 24:27

In this lesson we will cover some new notes, a new articulation, and a new rhythm

Intro
00:23
Recap
04:17
Notes A+G
04:28
Half Notes vs Whole Notes
02:52
Slurring
03:02
Slurring + Tonguing
03:12
Articulations Combined
01:56
Articulations Continued
01:05
Half Rests
01:23
Final Exercise
01:49
+ Crossing the Break
10 lectures 27:41

In this lesson, we’ll cover a big list of new notes, D, E, F, F#, and G, as well as a new rhythm, the quarter note

Intro
00:20
Recap
03:33
Notes D, E, F, F#, and G
08:06
Quarter Notes
02:05
Counting
03:14
Crossing the Break
02:44
Combined Rhythms, Notes, and Articulations
02:38
Mary Had a Little Lamb
01:28
Lightly Row
01:56
London Bridge
01:37
+ 3/4 Time
11 lectures 33:13

In this lesson, we’ll learn some new low notes as well as a new meter, 3/4 time

Intro
00:24
Recap
05:01
Notes - Low C, D, E, F, and F#
09:06
G Major Scale
05:26
3/4 Time + Dotted Half Notes
04:05
Exercise 1
01:04
Exercise 2
01:13
Exercise 3
01:33
Exercise 4
01:15
Hat Dance
02:38
Birthday
01:28
+ The Octave Key
9 lectures 28:02

In this lesson, we’ll cover a new set of notes, high A, B, and C and learn to utilize them in different exercises

Intro
00:21
Recap
07:25
Notes - High A, B, and C + C Major Scale
07:05
Quarter Rests
03:03
Exercise 1
01:33
Exercise 2
01:37
Exercise 3
02:04
Exercise 4
01:00
Theme from 'Symphony No. 1'
03:54
+ Eighth Notes
8 lectures 25:56

In this lesson, we will cover some new notes, B and Bb, a new scale, F, and a new rhythm, the eighth note

Intro
00:21
Recap
02:01
Notes Bb+B
09:18
F Major Scale
01:53
Eighth Notes
04:24
Eighth Notes Continued
03:02
Yankee Doodle
02:04
Polly Wolly Doodle
02:53
+ Articulation
11 lectures 34:41

In this lesson, you’ll learn many new notes, a new scale, A-major, about a musical called ‘Articulations,’ as well as a new rhythm, Eighth Rests

Intro
00:22
Recap
03:01
Notes G#+C#
10:32
A Major Scale
02:14
Legato
03:01
Staccato
03:12
Articulations Combined
01:21
Eighth Rests
02:22
Syncopation
03:14
This Old Man
03:13
Lightly Row
02:09
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 00:51

Thank you for participating in this course!

What You've Learned
00:51