There’s a group on Facebook called ‘Beginning Saxophone Players‘ that you can join if you answer three questions. I’m giving feedback to people. There is a song to work on each week. This week is ‘My Way’.
I left this as a comment on Christopher’s video.
He spent some time learning this song. And he has a good start on learning the tune.
However, I wasn’t sure why he was doing several things wrong when he played.
It turns out he was basically learning from sheet music and a playalong on youtube.
Here is what I said:
So the good news is that you can probably fix a lot of how you played it fairly easily.
The bad news is that you learned from sheet music that is pretty wrong in multiple places.
You probably want relearn it not using that sheet music.
I made a point about the notes, not so much because of the notes themselves, but because of what they allow you to do.
If you play it in the same key as me, you can play along with me. And in this case, you can play along with Frank Sinatra which is probably the definitive version of this song.
You could listen to the song a lot and then play it starting on C.
Probably avoid that video though. You basically practiced and learned a flawed version of the song both in terms of the notes and the rhythm.
Used the Nintendo Mii Maker for the body and then drew on a saxophone!
From ‘El Cumbanchero’ by
Rafael Hernández Marín
Neal Battaglia on alto sax
I learned this one from the record by the Scatalites, the original melody is in El Cumbanchero by Rafael Hernandez Marin.
I give you the notes, there are three. Work on getting the rhythm by listening and playing along.
Let me know if you want to learn ‘You Are My Sunshine’.
Now I have taken a tenor, alto, and soprano all on a plane (separately) as carry on.