Saxophone taster

Course Dates: 16/07/22
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Keeley Street
Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
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Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00

Course Code: ME609

Sat, day, 16 Jul - 16 Jul '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This session introduces the basic techniques of playing the saxophone and gives you an insight into what is
involved in learning the instrument. It provides an excellent introduction to Saxophone 1 starting in September.

What will we cover?

- how to assemble and hold the saxophone correctly
- the correct mouth shape (embouchure) to play with good tone and intonation
- the principles of fingering and tonguing on the saxophone
- playing simple tunes by ear.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- assemble and hold your saxophone correctly
- play with the correct embouchure and produce a decent tone
- play a simple tune by ear
- improvise with a few notes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for absolute beginners.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through tutor demonstration and explanation, and playing with tutor guidance and feedback.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own instrument (alto or tenor). The tutor will provide all other materials and guidance.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Sax 1a, or higher if you are not a beginner to the instrument.

David Harrison

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.