What is the course about?
This course follows on from Saxophone level 1 and is our second year of study.You will develop instrumental technique and sound, music reading, musicianship skills, ensemble playing, and improvisation.
We'll play popular, jazz and world music.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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
- 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
- Play saxophone standards
- Demonstrate improved tone and stamina
- Improvise in a variety of musical contexts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course isl for saxophone players who have had at least one year 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 G, C, F and D, and the minor pentatonic on A and D. You should also understand treble clef notation and rhythm.
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 online through tutor demonstrations, use of books and printed and recorded music. You will play with piano accompaniment and backing tracks.
Students are expected to make space and time for practice between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A music stand and metronome are essential for practice at home.
Have manuscript paper and a pencil for the classes. You will be required to buy a saxophone book on the advice of your tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues to Sax 2B and 2C.