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: ME612A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
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, harmony matters
- 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 is for saxophone players who have had at least one year of serious musical study. Any other 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 audio, books and printed 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.
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.