Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME610A
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Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of saxophone playing, breathing, embouchure, fingering, counting, music reading and improvisation, and develop these skills as the course progresses.
What will we cover?
- Developing playing techniques: embouchure, breath control and tonguing
- Learning to play a selection of notes on the saxophone
- Studying relevant music theory and reading music for saxophone
- learning to listen and count time as you play
- Developing practice methods: long notes, scales, studies
- A range of repertoire in popular styles
- Simple improvisation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate the ability to play and read pieces for the saxophone
- Hold a part within a group
- Demonstrate an increase in confidence and ability to improvise short phrases
- Understand essential musical concepts, terms and ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for beginners, so no previous knowledge of saxophone playing is expected. Any musical experience will be of advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
During this course you will play in unison and solo. You will be taught through demonstration by the tutor.
To make progress you will need to practise regularly between classes, ideally at least 20 minutes on at least 4 days a week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own instrument - alto or tenor saxophone - and reeds (strength 2). It is possible to learn on soprano sax but please note that this size is more difficult to play as a beginner.
You may need to purchase a sax book if advised by the tutor. Course materials will be available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sax 1B next term : ME610B
You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning.
David Harrison studied at Oxford Brookes university before taking a post-graduate diploma in saxophone performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. David has been teaching at City Lit since 1994. In 2004 he wrote a guitar player’s guide for Collins and joined Music Sales in 2005 to update the famous A Tune A Day tutor series, eventually producing over 40 titles as series editor of the relaunched A New Tune A Day books, which has since become the biggest-selling music tutor series worldwide. Since 2010, David has worked freelance writing, editing and producing mainly educational titles, including Abracadabra Beginning Theory (Collins Music); The Complete Ukulele Player (Music Sales) and most recently the Bob Dylan Complete (Hal Leonard), the authorised collection of every Dylan song, together with an extensive introduction covering Dylan’s acoustic guitar technique, his song-writing and Dylan’s place in the American folk music revival. Aside from his guitar and saxophone classes, David runs a course in song writing. a series of talks on the music of The Beatles, and a series on the songs of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.