TENOR SAX - Standard Of Excellence Book 1

Come learn along to this popular band method book - for Tenor Saxophone!

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Getting Started On Your Tenor Saxophone
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Today, our tenor sax instructor Rick is going to teach how to get started on your tenor saxophone. That includes putting the tenor saxophone together, getting the right reeds and getting the reed prepped for play, why we use a neckstrap, properly adjusting the mouthpiece, and using cork grease. Then we'll go over taking your tenor sax apart and properly cleaning it.

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Today, we're going to be learning from the Standard Of Excellence Book 1 for Tenor saxophone, page 4. We're going to learn how to make a good sound on the sax, where to place our hands, how to read all the symbols in the book, and we're going to learn a play our the first three notes! So grab your tenor saxophone & come practice with me!

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Page 5
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In this lesson, Rick continues with the Standard Of Excellence Book 1 for tenor saxophone on page 5, focusing on learning the sax notes E, D, and C. Before diving into the new notes, Rick reviews some essential tips for setting up your instrument, including proper mouthpiece attachment, neck strap adjustment, and posture. Throughout the lesson, Rick explains musical symbols such as the treble clef, time signature, and staff, ensuring you understand the basics of reading saxophone music. He also demonstrates the correct fingerings for each note and offers helpful tips for achieving the right sound. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to play exercises 1 through 7 on page 5, each designed to help you practice and master the notes E, D, and C. Remember to practice regularly and rewind the video as needed to reinforce your learning.

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Page 6 Standard Of Excellence Book 1 Tenor Sax
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In this lesson, Rick starts us off with some reminders on the importance of posture and getting in a good breath before we play. (if you really want to improve your breathing, check out our newest breathing course! )

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Page 7
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Join Rick as he dives into another informative session on mastering the tenor saxophone. In this video, Rick provides essential tips on how to achieve a good sound, a crucial aspect of playing the saxophone that will make your practice sessions enjoyable and your performance a delight to listen to.

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Page 8
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Today, we're diving into page 8 from the Standard Of Excellence Book 1 for tenor Sax, where we introduce some fundamental concepts in music notation and playing techniques, such as Understanding and identifying quarter notes and quarter rests, tonguing technique, Writing and counting rhythms, and Detailed guidance on playing exercises 15 through 22.

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Page 9
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Today, we're diving into page 9 of the tenor saxophone book. Here's what you'll learn in this video: 🔹 New Terms & Symbols: Discover the repeat sign and fermata, and learn how they affect your playing. 🔹 Song Practice: We'll play through "Merrily We Roll Along" (also known as "Mary Had a Little Lamb") and explore tips for practicing it effectively. 🔹 Duet Fun: Learn to play both parts of "Lightly Row," a beautiful duet that introduces the concept of harmony. 🔹 Fingering Techniques: Tips on moving your fingers correctly to avoid squeaks and ensure smooth transitions between notes. 🔹 Rhythm Practice: We'll clap the rhythms and play "One Step at a Time" to improve your timing. 🔹 Holiday Song: Enjoy playing "Good King Wenceslas," a classic holiday tune. 🔹 Advanced Exercises: Practice skipping notes and creating your own melodies in "Song of the Fjords" and "Go for Excellence."

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Page 10
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In this video, Rick takes you through page 10 of the Tenor Saxophone Method Book. We cover essential concepts like ties and new notes, and explore various exercises to improve your skills.

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About the course

In this course, we're going to be learning along to the Standard Of Excellence Book 1 for Tenor Saxophone. It'll feel just like a private lesson as we play and learn along together. 

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About the teacher

Rick Nolting

Tenor Sax Instructor

Rick Nolting has been playing saxophone and teaching saxophone as a private teacher and as a high school band director for many years. Rick is very passionate about reed instruments and making music education more accessible. 

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