How To Play The Sax

How To Play The Sax

Have Fun. Play Saxophone. Be Awesome. Repeat. The HowToPlayTheSax.com Website, Youtube Channel and Podcast are dedicated to helping YOU become a better saxophonist. My name is Matthew and I help beginner saxophone players of all ages learn how to play their favourite Rock, Soul, Funk and Blues songs without reading music – quickly and easily – with my online saxophone lessons via the Membership inside HowToPlayTheSax.com, via my Blog, via my Youtube Channel and via this Podcast ! Whether it’s impressing your friends, or improving your own bedroom warrior chops, getting up to speed to join a band, or simply helping you play the music that YOU want to play, I am here to help your saxophone dreams become a reality. If you are wanting to learn how to play the sax, you’ve come to the right place 🙂 I can provide you with the guidance, structure, organisation, curation and skills you need to be the saxophone player that you have always wanted to be. And we’ll have some fun along the way ! I created this Podcast (and Website and Youtube Channel) to be the resources that I wish I had when I was learning how to play the saxophone. Let's learn how to play the sax ! Thanks, Matthew from https://HowToPlayTheSax.com

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November 25, 2021 16 min

How To Play Live and Let Die by Wings On The Saxophone

Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings is one of those GREAT hits from the James Bond movies. 

This song (from the movie of the same name) has got an AWESOME brass line that we can bust out on our saxophones.

How To Play Live And Let Die On The Saxophone
How To Play Live And Let Die On The Alto Saxophone.
Live And Let Die Paul McCartney.
Live And Let Die Alto Saxophone.
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That's The Way I Like It Saxophone Lessons

Part 2 - Melody.

In this free saxophone lesson podcast we continue on from our previous That’s The Way I Like It Saxophone podcast.  In this podcast episode, we learn how to play the Melody from That’s The Way I Like It by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Get out your old 70’s clothes, or raid someone else’s closet/wardrobe, and have some more fun with this classic song.  Enjoy !  Uh-huh, uh-hu...

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November 11, 2021 11 min

That's The Way I Like It Saxophone Lessons

Part 1 - Brass.

So, if you are a bit of a disco tragic like me, then you will probably know the song That’s The Way I Like It by KC and the Sunshine Band.

And, if you play the saxophone, what better way to Have Fun, Play Saxophone, Be Awesome and Repeat would it be to learn how to play That’s The Way I Like It on the saxophone !?!

That's The Way I Like It by KC and the Sunshine Band.
Th...

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November 4, 2021 12 min

Saxophone Embouchure

How to use your mouth and face to play your saxophone.

Learning how to play the saxophone is not quite a case of simply shoving your sax in your mouth and blowing.

You need to hold you face in a certain way, hold your mouth in a certain way and use your tongue and breathing in a certain way.

In this saxophone podcast we discuss what you embouchure is and how to use it :-)

Saxophone Embouchure.
Saxophone Lessons.
Onlin...

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How To Play Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Saxophone.

Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles is an iconic song.

Who does not know the opening lyric, "It was 20 years ago today, Sargent Pepper taught the band to play" ?

And so, therefore, who does NOT want to learn how to play Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the saxophone ?

Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.
Sargen...

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How To Play American Woman On The Saxophone

American Woman by The Guess Who is great rock song recorded in 1969 and released in 1970.  It was also covered by Lenny Kravitz in the late 1990’s when once again it became a well known hit song.

It’s got great guitars, great bass, great drums, great vocals and a fantastic rock feel.  As a result it fits right in here at HowToPlayTheSax.com !!

American Woman by The Guess Who.
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October 14, 2021 14 min

How To Play Soul Man By Sam and Dave On The Saxophone

As a saxophonist, you MUST be able to play this song.  It is one of those songs where the band says, “Hey, do you know Soul Man ?”, the expected answer from you the saxophonist has to be a big “YES”.

So, with that in mind, let’s learn how to play Soul Man on the saxophone !

Soul Man by Sam and Dave.
Soul Man Sam and Dave Saxophone.
Soul Man Alto Sax.
Soul Man Saxophone.
Soul Man Saxoph...

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Saxophone Lessons Q and A 3 | How To Play The Saxophone - Matthew answers questions about learning how to play the saxophone as asked by readers, subscribers and Members at https://HowToPlayTheSax.com

Saxophone Lessons Question and Answer series of saxophone podcasts.

In this Saxophone Lessons Question and Answer series I answer saxophone questions as submitted by our listeners, viewers, subscribers and Members.


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Crossing The Break Q & A 2 | How To Play The Saxophone - Matthew answers questions about learning how to play the saxophone as asked by readers, subscribers and Members at https://HowToPlayTheSax.com

Saxophone Lessons Question and Answer series of podcasts.

In this Saxophone Lessons Question and Answer series I answer saxophone questions as submitted by our listeners, viewers, subscribers and Members.


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How To Play Saturday Night By Cold Chisel On The Saxophone

Cold Chisel are a great rock band from Australia.  In the mid 1980's they had a HUGE hit with an ENORMOUS saxophone riff in their song "Saturday Night". 

Every Australian knows this song.  And even if you are not from Australia, being able to play the saxophone riff from Saturday Night by Cold Chisel is a vital piece to add to your repertoire.

Saturday Night by Co...

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September 16, 2021 11 min

How To Play Cissy Strut By The Meters On The Saxophone

Cissy Strut by The Meters is perhaps one of the funkiest songs in the world in space…..and this makes it ideal for learning how to play the saxophone.

Learning how to play Cissy Strut on the saxophone not difficult from a note perspective, but the challenge can be keeping it in time with the band.   However, here at HowToPlayTheSax.com we break it down into smaller more manageabl...

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September 9, 2021 13 min

Bitch Rolling Stones Saxophone Lessons

Bitch, by the Rolling Stones, is a great song with some fantastic brass lines.  So, the idea of a great band with a great song, combined with some great sax parts makes for an excellent opportunity to play our saxophones !

Please accept my apologies for losing our G/PG rating for this saxophone lesson !

In this Bitch saxophone lesson podcast, we have a look at the infectious riff made famous by T...

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How To Play The Saxophone Solo From Da Doo Ron Ron

In the early 1960’s, when life was in black and white, The Crystals had a mega hit with their strangely titled song Da Doo Ron Ron.

Sometimes known as Da Do Run Ron, or Da Doo Ron Ron – or several other strange permutations and spellings of these 4 syllables, this song is classic 1960’s rock at it’s best.  It was unusual because it was NOT a 12 bar blues like many other songs were at...

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How To Play Merry Christmas Baby On The Saxophone

Merry Christmas Baby !  (Do you often get called "baby" ?)

Are you looking to learn How To Play Merry Christmas Baby On The Saxophone ? 

Bruce Springsteen had a huge hit with this song.  He also had a huge hit with his saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who played this riff on his saxophone as part of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

In this Merry Christmas Baby saxophone le...

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August 19, 2021 14 min

How To Play Power Of Love On The Saxophone

Are you looking to learn How To Play Power Of Love On The Saxophone ?  It's a great Huey Lewis And The News song with some AWESOME brass parts...just right for joining in with on your saxophone :-)

In this Power Of Love saxophone lesson podcast, we have a look at the brass parts of this legendary 1980's song and how to play them on our saxophone.

Power Of Love Saxophone.
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August 12, 2021 16 min

How To Play Land Of 1000 Dances On The Saxophone

Are you looking to learn How To Play Land Of 1000 Dances On The Saxophone ?  Of course you are !!

And why wouldn’t you ?  Wilson Pickett is a Soul music legend and his extremely danceable song Land Of 1000 Dances has got some great saxophone parts in it.

In this Land Of 1000 Dances saxophone lesson podcast, we have a look at the brass parts of this legendary Soul song and how to play th...

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August 5, 2021 14 min

How To Play Disco Inferno On The Saxophone

Disco Inferno - originally by The Trammps and also a huge hit for Tina Turner - is one of THOSE disco songs from the 1970's where you just can't help but get up and dance when ever you hear it.

And it's got some great brass and saxophone parts to groove along with too.

In this Disco Inferno saxophone lesson podcast, we have a look at the brass parts and how to play them on our sax...

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July 29, 2021 11 min

How To Play I Wish by Stevie Wonder On The Saxophone

I Wish by Stevie Wonder is an AWESOME song in it’s own right.  It is even BETTER when you pay it on your saxophone !!

If you want to learn how to play I Wish on the saxophone, then you have come to the right place !

In this I Wish saxophone lesson podcast, we have a look at the brass parts and how to play them on our saxophone.

I Wish Saxophone.
I Wish Saxophone Lesson.
How To Play I W...

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How To Play Bitch by the Rolling Stones on the Saxophone

So obviously the Rolling Stones were, are and will continue to be an incredible rock band.  they have had hit after hit after hit over a period of more than fifty years.

Some of their songs have featured what are now iconic saxophone parts and saxophone solos.

Bitch is one such song.  The repetitive riff as played by the saxophone (and trumpet) is something that all Rolling Ston...

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How to Play Shake Shake Shake by KC and the Sunshine Band on the Saxophone.

Shake, Shake, Shake by KC and the Sunshine Band is a REALLY fun song.  Sometimes known as Shake Your Booty, it is just impossible to NOT to smile and dance along with this song.  And play your saxophone !

In this free saxophone lesson podcast, I get a little bit carried away…..but hey, I am merely living my motto of “Have Fun.  Play Saxophone.  Be Awesome.  R...

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