Saxophone Resource Page
What you'll find here
Here's a selection of good resources for both beginners and intermediate saxophone players. You are welcome to use these MP3 metronome tracks freely for practicing as well as all the other goodies that's on this page.
The Fingering Diagram builder
A while back I discovered a really great blog about saxophone playing by Bret Pimentel. Besides being an excellent Saxophone player and teacher at the Delta State University, he's also the creator of the Fingering Diagram builder.
I reached out to him when I recorded the 33 sax fingering chart videos as his fingering diagram would be a great addition to the project. I explained that I wanted to release this for everyone, totally free, he agreed to let me use them. Again, thank you Bret! It really made the guide more useful.
How the saxophone work?
The University of New South Wales website offer a lot of information about the saxophone from a scientific point of view. You can watch sound spectra graphs and listen to sound examples.
Maybe not for the beginner but it can still be interesting to learn a bit more about the instrument. I've been playing the sax for 3 decades, but still learned a lot from this website. Very cool!
Jazz Saxophone transcriptions
I recently found out about a great website by Jeff Rzepiela called Scooby Sax, which has a lot of great transcriptions of jazz solos both for Alto and tenor saxophones as well as the flute.
One of the best ways to learn and understand jazz music is to transcribe and learn from the guys that came before us. These are the musicians that explored and came up with the concept of which we today refer to as Jazz music and improvisiation.
Jeff has obviously put a lot of time into making a whole series of transcriptions of famous jazz solos available and I definitly recommend that you check out the transcriptions here: http://scooby-sax.com/Transcriptions.html
This saxophone blog by Doron Orenstein is really good if you've been playing for a while and want to learn more about new gear, experiences from other sax players and read product reviews, just to mention a few things you'll find there. Just the name gives you pretty high expectations, right?!
View the site here
Keep track of time and play in tune!
- Metronomes.net - Listen and compare metronomes before you buy. The website offers metronome, tuners, Electronic Pitch Pipe sales and more from brands like Wittner, Seiko, Matrix, Korg and Dr Beat. Teacher discounts available.
- Drumbeat metronome
Practicing scales, long tones or licks can become a bit boring at times. Even if you know that you have to do it in order to progress in you playing.
So, a workaround for this could be to use a drum metronome track instead of that "blip blop" sound you get from a regular metronome.
Using drum tracks will help you put "the fun" into your practice for every exercise.
(right-click to download)
- Saxophone Practice planner
Consistency is probably the most important thing when it comes to practicing the saxophone. You need to spread out and plan out your saxophone practice sessions throughout the week if you want good results from your efforts.
With this practice planner you can do just that and get the most out of your sessions.
(right-click to download)