What is the course about?
This course is the last part of our second year of study. You will develop instrumental technique and sound, music reading, musicianship skills, ensemble playing, and improvisation.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].
What will we cover?
- Appropriate use of scales e.g. blues, minor, mixolydian,etc., in improvisation
- Playing broken chords and chord theory
- Technical aspects of playing the instrument
- Aspects of related musicianship, e.g. counting, listening, reading
- What to practise, and how to practise
- Transposing skills
- Contribution to group performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved confidence in your ability to play
- have expanded your range of scales
- Play jazz standards
- Demonstrate improved tone and stamina
- Improvise in a variety of musical contexts
- Perform with your class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for saxophone students who have had at least a year and a half of serious musical study. Any other band or instrumental experience will be of advantage.
You must be able to play 2 octaves from bottom C to top C, and you should already know the major scales of C, G, F and D, the minor pentatonic on A and D, and their chord notes. You should also understand the basics of treble clef notation.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through tutor demonstrations, books and printed and recorded music. You will play with other students, sometimes with piano and/or a backing track, and learn from one another.
Practice between classes will be essential to your progress. Students will be expected to make space and time for practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A music stand and metronome are essential for practice at home. Please bring manuscript paper and a pencil. You may be asked to buy a sax book on the advice of your tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to Saxophone 3 next academic year.
You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning, or in Music appreciation (Jazz & Popular Music) courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details