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The Saxophone Method Vol. 1: Foundation Techniques

with John O'Neill

Get started with the saxophone and master the set-up and foundation techniques.
Learn from the best-selling author and musician John O'Neill.

Instrument Saxophone

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  • backing tracks & sheet music included
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25 lessons · 2h 10m

John O'Neill has taught tens of thoursands of students through his best-selling saxophone methods.

In this online course, you'll get a chance to learn the saxophone close-up and personal with John himself, who'll demonstrate the set-up and and explain his techniques in detail.

This is what John would show you in a private lesson if you were coming to him for the first time!

The course is split into three parts:

  • Saxophone setup - John explains the instrument, the mouthpiece, the reeds you should use, how to put instrument together & take it apart, and you should look after it
  • Foundation techniques - Posture, Breathing, Tonguing and Embouchure
  • Practice pieces - John walks you step by step on how to play your first pieces, a tango and a reggae groove!

This course will make you a stronger, more confident saxophone player. Avoid common mistakes and master the right techniques from the start.

If you've already a saxophone player and feel stuck, it may be time to revisit your foundations and sanity-check your technique!

BONUS - this course includes sheet music and the backing tracks to play along to.

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John O'Neill

I am best known as the author of educational books for saxophone, clarinet and flute, including the best-selling ‘Jazz Method For Saxophone’ (published by Schott). I play many different styles of music, specialising in jazz and bossa nova, and  have performed with some of the finest musicians in British jazz and world music at many of London’s leading venues, including Ronnie Scott’s. I have also worked as a composer, arranger and musical director for film, television, theatre and dance.

I am a qualified teacher, holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, with nearly thirty years experience teaching all saxophones, clarinet and flute, both privately and in schools. My own teachers included legendary jazz saxophonists Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Since 1985 I have taught saxophone at The Latymer School in North London. Between 1985 and 1990 I was advisory teacher on jazz for the London Borough of Enfield, in which capacity I gave in-service training to music teachers on jazz history and improvisation in order to help them implement the new GCSE curriculum. Between 1988 and 1992 I founded and directed the Enfield Schools Jazz Orchestra. I have taught on jazz summer schools in Spain and the Czech Republic, and on the jazz course at Trinity College of Music, London.

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