Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME611C
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Continue to develop fundamental skills for saxophone, making a good sound, note and rhythm reading, improvisation, listening and playing with others. This is the 3rd term of our year long level 1 course.
Tutor: David Harrison.
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?
- 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 a range of pieces for the saxophone
- Hold a part within a group
- Demonstrate an increase in confidence and ability to improvise short phrases
- Understand essential musical ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need at least 6 months' experience on the instrument, and the ability to read music.
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?
During this course you will play in unison and simple part work. You will be taught through demonstration by the tutor. You are expected to practise pieces and exercises between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to have your own instrument - alto or tenor saxophone, - and reeds at strength 2/3.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to Saxophone 2 next academic year.
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.