Free alto saxophone sheet music
Here you can see my alto sax pages with scores for beginners and intermediate players. The melodies are public domain and traditional melodies and are free to print out and download. The files are in PDF format for high quality print outs.
I have collected a number of popular traditional and public domain melodies on my page free easy alto saxophone with the melodies notated for Eb alto saxophone and with transposed chords for accompanying C instruments including Happy Birthday To You, Fur Elise, Love Me Tender, The Unfinished Symphony and Auld Lang Syne.
I have collected the carols and songs for the holiday season on my page Christmas alto sax with arrangements for beginner and intermediate players including O Holy Night, Deck The Hall, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Jingle Bells And Silent Night.
Alto Saxophone For Beginners
By Will Thompson
Many people play the alto saxophone as a matter of occupation playing
the instrument professionally and making a living out of it. For some,
playing the saxophone may just be a habit or a hobby, a matter of
interest that has developed over the years. Whatever may be the reason
for one's interest in playing the musical instrument, it is for certain
that to be able to play any type of saxophone, one must acquire the
skill and techniques necessary. Thus, learning the basics is important.
Knowing about alto saxophone playing in a theoretic level may also prove
beneficial as it provides for a groundwork in furthering one's interest
and knowledge about the instrument. But then again, all these are not
sufficient if one really intends to play the saxophone with ease. To
develop one's skill and acquire the techniques necessary to be able to
practically play the instrument and eventually, play it with ease
requires practice. This simply means that one has to start playing the
instrument for real.
Since there are different types of saxophones available to enthusiasts in the market, choosing the right saxophone to play is crucial. For beginners, the primary motivation or purpose for purchasing or playing the saxophone is to learn how to play it. The main focus therefore is the acquisition of basic skill and technique, which of course would eventually lead to the acquisition of advanced skill and techniques for a more adept playing of the instrument. In this regard, altos are best recommended to beginners and to those who only have minimal or elementary skill level in playing the saxophone.
The key for alto saxophone is in E flat (or Eb).
There are two main reasons as to why they are considered the best
instrument for beginners or absolute beginners in saxophone playing.
First, most musical and practice pieces are written within the alto
range. This means that the range or the key is the same as that of the
alto saxophone. Hence, one can use them in playing practice pieces
without the added difficulty of adjusting the key or the range of the
instrument or of the piece. This further means that people with these
saxophones have more opportunity playing the instrument. This allows
them more opportunity to practice and more time spent honing one's skill
in saxophone playing. If it were for anything, the learning process is
actually accelerated and reinforced given the availability of practice
materials or musical pieces.
Second, the structure of the saxophone also makes it a good instrument for absolute beginners. The bell of the instrument is located up compared to the other types of saxophone. This means that the person playing the instrument will have a better hearing of the music or sound produced from the saxophone played than the other saxophones which other people may be simultaneously playing. The benefit of this is that the beginner will easily spot some notes which may sound off and therefore he may easily track his mistakes during practice. And the more the person realizes his mistakes, the better opportunity for him to correct himself and practice correctly. Thus for these reasons, alto saxophones are recommended to beginners.
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