Sax From Scratch: YouTube and Stage Performing
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Sax From Scratch: YouTube and Stage Performing

Simple Saxophone lessons; learning the saxophone to become an awesome performer on YouTube or on Stage in your band
4.8 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
217 students enrolled
Created by John Peterson
Last updated 2/2015
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  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 22 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform Like a STAR on YouTube or In a Band
  • Play the sax with a beautiful sound
  • Master techniques like the Growl, Stutter tonguing, and altissimo in their performances
  • Make money teaching others how to play the sax
  • Impress friends, family, and any general audience at a Gig or Online
  • Play By Ear and Improvise on just about any song
  • Find tracks on YouTube and learn to play the melodies of their favorite songs for YouTube or their band
  • Know how to play Major, Minor, and Blues Scales
  • Know important music theory which can springboard player performance
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  • An Alto Sax (Soprano and Tenor are ok if these are what you have)

SAX FROM SCRATCH has created saxophone lessons for those who have always dreamed of being a sax player on YouTube or in a band, but didn't know where to start. This is also the perfect place to grow into a performance ready sax player learning edgy sax techniques and being immediately set apart from other sax players.

Individual students have paid me thousands of dollars in private lessons for what you are about to learn right here! You'll get approximately 40 lessons, easy to understand videos on all levels of instruction (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), pictures, charts, supplemental documents, music theory integration, MP3's for improvising, and I'll be available to help you through the course. This course is not to be rushed. Although the course can be completed in a couple of hours, each lessons encourages practicing to master each technique.

Some of the techniques you are encouraged to learn are the growl, playing super high altissimo notes, circular breathing, stutter tonguing, and playing jazz articulation.

So start from scratch, work through the basics, learn a bit of theory, master some advanced techniques, improvise on your favorite songs, and get yourself sounding and looking like a saxophone PRO in no time!


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for someone who wants to learn the sax in a PRACTICAL way to be able to play On YouTube or In a Band
  • This course is not for someone who is trying to attain first chair in a Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • This course is for any sax player who wants to learn advanced rock sax techniques
  • Any sax player looking to play on YouTube can come here to learn how to work with Karaoke (back-up) tracks for their performances
  • This course is for students who are serious about learning and can follow the course faithfully
  • This course is for students who are willing to practice to achieve results
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Introduction to Sax From Scratch
3 Lectures 05:04

John Peterson (J.P.) has been playing the sax for over 25 years. He is currently a music teacher and professional sax player. He is excited to be able to expand teaching lessons beyond the classroom and privately and reach students all over the world. He is also able to offer lessons at a fraction of the cost, reaching more students than ever, and teaching students how to have fun playing the sax! If you would like to hear more of his playing feel free to check the links to YouTube provided below. The Other Side Catch My Breath Don’t Wake Me Up I See Fire Wedding Performances Cocktail Hour with Piano

Preview 01:38

Looking Cool and Sounding Great

How To Use This Course
Setting Up, Preparing to Play
3 Lectures 04:46
Taking Out The Sax

Mouthpiece, Ligature, and Reed

How To Blow In The Sax
3 Lectures 04:14

The definition of your mouth placement and position is called Embouchure. Let’s get your embouchure set. Place the mouthpiece roughly ½ of the way into your mouth. Your top teeth will rest on the top of the mouthpiece. Your bottom lip will rest on the underside of the mouthpiece touching the reed. Your bottom teeth should not be touching the reed.

Note: Biting on the mouthpiece with teeth will cause squeaking.

How To Blow In The Sax - Embouchure

While keeping your right and and left hand in the proper position over their respective keys, press down the first key (pointer finger) on the left hand. This is the note B. Take a deep breath and without blowing too hard, blow air into the horn while applying minimal pressure to the mouthpiece. If done correctly, blowing air into the horn causes the reed to vibrate against the mouthpiece creating that saxy sound.

Note: If you are having a difficult time getting sound out of the horn, don’t get frustrated. There is always a possibility that the sax doesn’t work. This is sometimes the case if the horn was purchased privately and not tested. In that situation you may want to bring it to a local music store to check out to make sure the sax works. If you purchased it from a music store, bring it back to them to make sure it’s not broken.

Playing The First Note!

Learn the correct way to play the notes you play

Counting and Timing of Notes
1 Lecture 01:41
Counting Beats : Metronome Best Practices
How To Read Music
4 Lectures 07:29
Treble Clef and Key Signatures

Measure and Time Signatures

Note Duration

Eighth Note and Sixteenth Notes
Fingering Chart
1 Lecture 00:07
FIngering Chart
Practice Like The Pros!
2 Lectures 05:38
Long Tones

G Major Scale (Practicing Techniques)
Major Scales
7 Lectures 06:40
D Major Scale

Note and Rest Values

E major Scale

F Major Scale


ALL Major Scales
Spoon Keys (Playing High)
1 Lecture 00:48
Spoon Keys
Minor and Blues Scales
2 Lectures 05:22
Minor Scales

Blues Scales
3 More Sections
About the Instructor
John Peterson
4.8 Average rating
3 Reviews
217 Students
1 Course
Saxophone Instructor at Udemy

I have been playing the saxophone for over 25 years and play and teach professionally. My strengths are performing on stage, at church, on Youtube, and at over 70 weddings a year. My true joy comes from teaching my students how to perform and impress an audience whether "Live" or "Online".

I not only teach students the fundamentals of music, but I teach my students how to shine and feel accomplished after a performance. My hope is that I can influence my students to feel the Joy I feel with playing the sax. I learned though my many years of experience that in order to learn, I need to have discipline. In order to thrive, I need to have some fun. That combination, teaching how to be disciplined but also having fun is a my secret to my students success.