Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME609
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This session will introduce you to the basic technique of playing the saxophone and give you an insight into what is
involved in learning the instrument. It provides an excellent introduction to Saxophone1a starting in September.
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?
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.
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
- improvise with a few notes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for absolute beginners.
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?
You need to have an alto or tenor saxophone. The tutor will provide any class materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.
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.