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Play a Saxophone Solo - Methods for Playing Better Saxophone Solos

Are you finding yourself lost in a song, playing the wrong notes? Do you get nervous when you dee a lot of sharp and flats ion a music chart? Perhaps the most important thing to know as a musician is the chords of a song. But more important than that is every other chord in the scale. Everything is based on the Major scale, Coincidentally there are seven different scales and there are seven different modes that add dynamic sounds and change the interpretation of each scale depending on the mode.


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But enough about modes, let’s get back to scales. Each scale has a dominant root note which is what the scale starts on. Depending on what root note of the scale you start on will determine the key at which that scale is played in. For example, the G Major scale has one sharp and the F major scale has one flat.

If you start the major scale on the G note, then to finish the major scale you would include an F sharp. However, if you were to start a Major scale on an F then you would include a B flat to the F-Major scale.

Each scale has a key signature that directs the musician towards what notes to play.


Practicing is an important way to learn your scales and improve your playing. To help with this, the Saxophone Workshop has put together a practice routine outline to help you structure a meaningful and productive practice session. Click the button below to download your FREE practice outline.




Possibly the most important reason why you should know your scales is because it helps you identify key signatures. Understanding the scales and what sharps or flats are included will help you play sheet music as well as live with a band. Understanding scales gives you the ability to play with anyone at anytime.


Memorizing each major chord and its key signature is the beginning of building a solid foundation. In music, there are many variations of each scale, however they root back to the original scale explained above. Learning and understanding each scale will help you understand and play the right notes when the time comes.


Do you have all 7-Major scales memorized and under your fingers?

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