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How to Play Thrift Shop on Saxophone (Alto Sax) + Notes for Tenor below video

by Neal

How to play Thrift Shop, the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song on sax. The sax line in this tune isn’t too hard to play.

The diagrams in the video are correct, but when I played it in the intro, I accidentally played a C instead of an F at one point. Again, the diagrams are correct.

Let me know if you have any questions.

On tenor:

Bb (then up an octave) Bb Bb
F Eb
(higher) F C# Bb

If on Bb in the middle of the staff, you will end up at high F, that will make it in the same octave as the alto sax.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jimmy king February 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi Neal I was wondering how to play a low c# and a low B and Bb thanks talk to you later


Neal February 23, 2013 at 2:25 am

Check out the fingering chart, enter your name and email address in the yellow box if you haven’t already to get the password for it.


Mark March 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hey Neal, that line is cool, thanks for the lesson, lately I’ve been trying to play ” If only for one night by Luther Vandross but I have not nail it down as yet, got any tips?


Neal April 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

What seems to not be going right for you on it?


BeBe April 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Luved it helped me a lot


Neal April 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm



Quantae April 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Cant wait to learn more


Quantae April 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

When is there going to be another part for thrift shop?


Neal April 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I taught the saxophone part, that was probably going to be all I teach for this one, what are you trying to play?


isabella April 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi I was wondering how do you see the whole music sheet?


Neal April 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

You could write it out if you want to, I learned it by ear, you might want to just learn it by memory


Daniel April 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

Can you make a video for thrift shop on tenor sax. That would be so cool


Neal April 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

Stop leaving duplicate comments on different pages please. I wrote out the notes for tenor on the page, did you see that?


Bowen Liu June 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

After learning the main tune, I figured out the whole song! Also, I found some simpler, alternate notes: low E high E high E B A high E high B high G high E


natasha August 5, 2013 at 4:00 am

Hey neal
I’m listening to the how to play the thrift shop song, but I have no video. Is that intentional until I sign up, or do I need to troubleshoot my computer.
I’m new to yiur site and bf signing up and subscribing, I was trying to determine if or how helpful it would be.



Neal August 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hey Natasha,
Sounds like an issue on your computer.

If you have a question, go here


Kayla March 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I Am an 11 year old and now I am playing thrift shop because of this website


Neal March 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Hey Kayla, glad to hear that, thanks for stopping by.


Amanda Henderson June 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I’m having troubles with the a flat is there a way I can fix that


Neal June 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

What do you mean when you’re having troubles with the Ab? Specifically?


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