Saxophone Scales

Saxophone scales are the backbone to developing killer technique!  You'll be able to play fast passages and licks more effectively and with more ease. When practicing scales, it's all about keeping your fingers as relaxed as possible and as close to the keys as possible.

Major Scales

The starting point for any scale practice. This includes major scales in all 12 keys. 

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Minor Scales

Inclusive of both natural minor and harmonic minor scales, these are a great set of scales to learn after major scales

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Scales in Thirds

The scale in thirds is all about learning agility in the fingers while skipping notes- which builds more agility than standard step-based scales, major scales. Playing scales with skips helps to train your fingers to be smooth, fast, and efficient. Focus on staying relaxed.

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How to Practice Saxophone Scales

To practice saxophone scales, start with a nice and slow tempo: Quarter Note=60 beats. Slow it down even more if necessary. After you can comfortably play through the scale without mistakes, kick up your metronome to 68 BPM (or about 8 beats faster than the previous tempo). Repeat this (likely over several weeks) until you reach the desired tempo/speed.