Play Fast- With Accuracy- Like A Pro!

What’s The Secret?

The answer: Scales.  You may be tempted to run off saying, “I already knew that!” This may be true, but there’s something else I would like to share with you. If you want to get your playing on the fast-track, then make sure you have a plan for learning your scales. Those who do, end up being some of the best. Scales are also the foundation for playing fast. If you don’t know anything about scales, this is the perfect place and time to start. Now, let’s learn how to make scales easy!

Learning Your Scales The Easy Way

Learn Major Scales
No need to be intimidated by learning your scales anymore! The following step by step process works so well that students at every age are learning all 12 major scales! Why do we need to learn our scales?

 

Practice Hundreds of Songs at Once!

Learn Major Scales

When you learn your scales, you’re practicing hundreds of songs all at once. In other words,the songs you want to play are created from scales. The better you are at scales, the more music you will be able to play. And that means more fun!

 

Become The Saxophone

Learn major scalesWhen I walk down the street I don’t need to focus on walking only. I talk on the phone, have a conversation with someone, or think about music. I don’t think about placing one foot in front of the other. When I see a curb in my path I don’t stop, analyze the situation, and proceed cautiously to avoid falling. Why don’t I worry? Because I have learned how to walk.

When a child begins to walk they are not comfortable standing. However, they keep practicing and they learn how to use their legs. Their legs become unified, working as one with the rest of their body.

As you learn your scales, the saxophone will become more comfortable, even to the point where it begins to feel unified with your body. That’s when the music gets really exciting!

Give It A Try- The Step By Step Process

You can do this process on your own, or you can play along with me in the audio examples in the next section- Do the Step by Step Process with Me . Either way, make sure you read the 6 step process. There is also a video demonstration at the bottom of this page. Let’s Play!

The 6 Step Process

Do not play faster than ♩=60 (One note per click on the metronome)

  1. Name the first 3 notes of the G major scale, up and down : G A B A G
    • Play G A B A G on your saxophone 5 times
  2. Name the 4th note- C
    • Play G A B C B A G, 5 times
  3. Name the 5th note –D
    • Play G A B C D C B A G, 5 times
  4. Name the 6th note –E
    • Play G A B C D E D C B A G, 5 times
  5. Name the 7th note –F#
    • Play G A B C D E F# E D C B A G, 5 times
  6. Name the 8th note –G
    • Play G A B C D E F# G F# E D C B A G, 5 times

Do the Step by Step Process with Me

Alto:

Section 1: G A B A G

Section 2: Add C

Section 3: Add D

Section 4: Add E

Section 5: Add F#

Section 6: Add G

Tenor:

Section 1: G A B A G

Section 2: Add C

Section 3: Add D

Section 4: Add E

Section 5: Add F#

Section 6: Add G

Video Demonstration

  • To produce a shorter video the amount of repetitions has been reduced.

 

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  1. This has been very helpful to me. I’ll use this when practicing. I love how you go step by step in learning the g major scale. I like that you break it down and make the practicing more enjoyable to learn. I also like that you put the steps in audio format so I can make sure i’m playing the correct notes too.

    Thank you so much!!!

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      No problem! I’m happy to hear that you are enjoying the post and that it’s making your practice more enjoyable . In addition, the free lessons (and the Premiere Lessons) are set up like this post. So it you like the post, you will love the lessons. Let me know if you have any other questions. Have fun playing!

  2. Very helpful format indeed! Playing own horn together with your audio track is a tremendous help!!! Thank you.

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      Great Hai. I’m happy it works for you. When we find the right practice technique, it can really make a difference. Thanks for sharing!

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