What is the course about?
Continue to improve your saxophone playing and musicianship as a progression from last term. This is our 4th year of instrumental study. You will also rehearse ensemble arrangements, and practise improvising.
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?
- Structured use of all 12 major and minor keys
- focus on jazz styles
- Students will be encouraged to write their own exercises and share practice habits
- Regular opportunity to improvise
- Expand your repertoire of tunes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved tone and musicianship skills
- Design a personal practice plan for future development
- Record yourself performing class tunes and tasks
- Improvise with greater ease and confidence
- show a working understanding of the jazz idiom
- transcribe simple saxophone solos.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For players who have completed Sax 4A and students who can show an equivalent level of competence.
You should be able to play all major and relative minor scales and arpeggios, keep time well, and read music in all common time signatures. Some experience of playing across the major VI II V I sequence is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in live online sessions through weekly practice of technical matters, auaral practice, memorising tunes, section playing and soloing.
Reference recordings will be in use, and play-along tracks. Technical practice week to week and learning of study tunes is essential to the good progress of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students will be expected to make space for regular instrumental practice. A music stand, metronome and access to a piano or keyboard are essential to your personal practice.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sax 4C ME614C.
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.