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: ME612B
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course follows on from Saxophone 2a and is our second year of study.You will develop instrumental technique, music reading, musicianship skills, scales and tunes, and improvisation.
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
- Transposition skills.
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 on simple musical structures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is 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 tones.
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 in live online sessions through tutor demonstrations, 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 have manuscript paper and a pencil. You may be required to buy a saxophone book on the advice of the tutor. All other materials and resources will be available in the google classroom.
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.
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.