Songs & Lessons for Saxophone
Getting started can be the hardest part of learning new things.
On this page are a number of lessons to get you started with pieces of songs and other areas related to playing saxophone.
Once you have learned the first piece, try continuing to learn the rest by ear. Learning by ear is great training and will make you a much better musician. Start with simple music and you will be able to progress. It’s fun.
You can leave comments with requests for lessons, I’ll consider them and probably check out the music.
If you make a request, let me know if you have tried to learn it by ear and what you had trouble with. Go to this page to make your request, http://saxstation.com/ask-a-saxophone-question
Also, my priority is with my students in Saxophone Tribe.
It’s much faster to read music, so sometimes you’ll want to write out parts or buy the arrangements that others have written. On many lessons, I’ll have links from which you can purchase sheet music.
Whether you learn by ear or read the music, there is much more to music that what you hear initially or than what is written on any sheet of music………….
Many of the lessons from Sax Station are on Youtube. Youtube is great- but the videos may be connected and organized in a way that’s not ideal for you to work through. It can also be difficult to find specific lessons among so many. So I am trying to organize the lessons here by type of lesson, instrument, style, composer, and sax player/group that originally played them or played great renditions. Possibly by difficulty level.
Most of the free video lessons are posted here, others may be only available for subscribers or students.
Let me know what you think and if you have questions and requests.
Priority will be given to sax players in my classes - Saxophone Improvisation Mastery and the sax ear training class or the Saxophone Tribe. Saxophone Tribe will get you priority access to me and some cool bonuses for much less than saxophone lessons cost.
Diagrams with notation can also be requested for members of the Saxophone Tribe.
A simple blues line for alto sax.
The blues line for tenor.
Stanley Turrentine line, you can read this and play it on alto sax too.
Line from Celerity solo, played on tenor, you could play it on alto sax too, it’s just in a different key. Works over a major chord.
Played in the key of C, again, you could play it on another saxophone, it just changes the key.
On Playing Saxophone and Dimensions of Music
Somewhat surprising, but true.
Horn players tend to be late…. a little bit more about that.
Overtones and harmonics will help you develop your tone and work up to altissimo on sax.
Transcription will make you a much better sax player, but it’s not easy.
Great swing tune by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. Easy to pick up on sax.
Lisa Simpson played saxophone, now you can play the Simpsons theme.
Italian mafia + saxophone.
A melody you might have heard before, a bit more challenging.
Want to work more on ear training?