BC105 - Ear training
Posted by Daniel Christian on 05 Nov 20:08
The second practical lesson! See if you can play along with the backing track at the end by ear. It's tricky at first but after a few listens you'll get there. Both Eb and Bb versions included with this video.
The 5th video in a series of totally free online saxophone video lessons by Professional saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Dan Christian. The lessons range from reading music, playing jazz, music theory, backing tracks, improvisation to aural and general musicianship skills.
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The note C
We play the note C by pressing the second button on it's own, remember not to let any of your fingers fly away from the keys, keep that round shape.
Play the note C, make it sing! Try and play it in tune if you have a tuner but don't get bogged down in this yet. If you want to know how it should sound, check the first part of the video where I play it for you.
How long can you hold the C on for? 20 seconds? 30? Have a few Goes and find out :) Listen to the qualities of the note again, what does C sound like?
Exercise 3 - Finger Drills
Alternating between notes quickly is what all good Saxophone Players excel at, how do they do it? Practise. Flick between these notes for 1 minute at a time:
1 min - C - A
1 min - C - G (Tough this one! Make sure all of your fingers go down at the same time!)
1 min - B - C (Note that later we have a better technique for this movement but for now it's a nice little speed building motion)
Exercise 4 - The Aural Segments of the video track
Can you tell what it is yet?