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.
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 two octaves from bottom C to top C, and you should already know the major scales of C, G, F and D and the minor pentatonic on A and D, and their chord notes
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.
Students are expected to make time and space for instrumental 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 will be required to buy a saxophone book on the advice of the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sax 2C ME612C
You may also be interested in one of our many Musicianship courses to support your practical learning.