Saxophone essentials is designed for anyone interested in learning the basics of playing the saxophone. It is a great set of lessons for a total beginner who has no previous musical experience. Perfect for anyone simply looking to learn something new and challenging, or to experience what its like to play a blowing instrument.
What are the lessons like?
Lessons are presented in short, 'no time wasting' way. The informations gathered in these videos are the pure essence of 20 years of saxophone playing experience. The lessons are structured to build on each other making the flow seamless in its progress.
Who teaches the course?
Marek Tomaszewski studied for many years in Poland and then at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has gathered over 20 years experience playing in different environments, which has allowed him to grow as a musician and as a tutor. He is a part and co-leader of different music projects working in London such as Jazzphrenia, The Colours, Jason Simpson Project, BB Collective, who have performed in various venues around London such as Pizza Express, Charlie Wrights, The Dignity, Olivers, Hipsta Bar just to name just a few. He was also a lead guest soloist in Peter Eotvos “Total Immersion” event that had its UK premiere in London’s Barbican Music Hall. If you have any questions while taking this course Marek is happy to reply to any discussions and messages.
Who should take this course?
What are the requirements?
In this short introduction, I will explain what will be our main focus in this chapter.
In this video I will focus on how singing can be incorporated to create a beautiful tone on the mouthpiece itself. At the end of the lesson you will dramatically improve your throat and larynx awareness.
In this lesson I will talk about one of the most fundamental thing when it comes to creating a round sounding tone on the saxophone. At the end you will have enough confidence to transfer a superb and solid tone to the whole instrument.
Here we will explore the role of your tongue while forming a beautiful tone on the instrument.
In this lesson we will talk about slightly more advanced topic. Expect your abstract memory to be moved and awareness hightened. We will start lowering notes on the mouthpiece by a semitone!
In this lecture we will explore different ways of playing two notes at a time using a single breath and expanding on previous larynx techniques.
This is the moment we've been waiting for. At the end of this lecture you will gain a deep understanding of how can you play a whole scale using just the saxophone mouthpiece.
Here you will learn in a very concise and quick way how to create a major scale. With this theoretical background you will have a much better understanding of scales, that will help you to practice them more efficiently.
Breathing is one of the most fundamental things when it comes to playing a blowing instrument. In this video we will talk about different ways of using your breath while still working on the G major scale.
Everytime we use the whole range of the instrument when practicing scales we improve our technique. Ill share with you many important things to consider here like upper and lower range of the instrument as there are slightly different approches to both.
Chunking is the best strategy. How can you divide the scale into smaller pieces and combine all of them later on? Ill address all these issues here.
In this lesson I will go much more deeper into how can you cope with the breathing aspect of saxophone playing.
Legato is one of the most popular ways of articulation in music. Here I will show you what you need to keep in mind when going from one note to another.
In this type of articulation tongue is a crucial part. How to position your tongue and which part of it to use when attacking the mouthpiece is essential.
This one is one of my favourite ways of playing as you don't restrict the fullnes of each note, but still attack each note with the tongue. Enjoy!
Marek studied for many years in Poland and then at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has gathered over 20 years experience playing in different environments, which has allowed him to grow as a musician and as a tutor. He is a part and co-leader of different music projects working in London such asJazzphrenia, The Colours, Jason Simpson Project, BB Collective, who have performed in various venues around London such as Pizza Express, Charlie Wrights, The Dignity, Olivers, Hipsta Bar just to name just a few. He was also a lead guest soloist in Peter Eotvos “Total Immersion” event that had its UK premiere in London’s Barbican Music Hall.
What is more, he continues to share his extended experience in classical and jazz music through private tuition in London or anywhere by Skype. He is open to students at all levels, whether they are just starting or have already some experience in playing the saxophone.