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Introducing: Core Essentials

A step-by-step video program that shows you what and how to practice every day to improve the most important aspects of your saxophone playing.

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What is "Core Essentials"?

A Simple Guide to Progressing Daily on the Saxophone

In the same way that athletes spend a significant portion of their training time on stretching or general physical conditioning musicians must likewise devote time to warming up and musical fundamentals daily.

Step-by-step walk throughs of everything

I don't just tell you "go practice this" and leave you on your own. Each part of this program is demonstrated on alto and tenor sax in a video with fingering guides, on screen sheet music, and more...

Includes BONUS Playlist feature

In addition to giving you the most effective warm-up exercises and explicit instructions on how to get the most out of them, I've also included video playlists, which give you variations of practice routines lasting 10, 20 or 30 minutes. 

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Sound

  • see and hear me practicing some of my daily sound building exercises

  • tips, advice and solutions to the most common problems all sax players encounter

  • start reaping the benefits of these tried and proven methods

Technique

  • Learn to play with your fingers staying on the keys and in rhythm using my best Chromatic Scale exercises

  • This will allow you to play faster phrases that finally groove and swing

  • essential scale patterns that take you through all 12 keys as well as all of the modes of the major scale and the pentatonic scale

  • the most efficient and effective way to learn to play in every key

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What some of our students are saying...

  • Gene Festa
    Gene Festa - I must say I'm impressed. Less than a week and I was able to play along with "don't worry be happy" well mostly. When I joined I didn't know what to expect but it was money well spent. But I have been practicing daily until my lips give out, I have only been playing the Sax for a couple of months and you tutorials are perfect. By the first of the year I will be playing with my very talented friends. All anyone needs to do is follow your instructions. Thanks again!
  • Mark
    Mark - I just wanted to say although I don't really know how this is so effective within a few days my tone and rhythm is so different almost beautiful. I have been playing for around 14 months, I am happy to put in 2 or 3 hours a day but playing without music is a weakness of mine. I feel that the way this course moves forward in so many areas it's subliminal, plus a bonus I finally mastered the circle of fifths or at least felt I had reason to. Looking forward to starting the patterns book. Once again thank you for a brilliant tool.
  • Stephan
    Stephan - I always enjoy practicing. Now I absolutely love it. I told my instructor you have created a monster. Now that I'm getting the hang of it...
  • John
    John - Bravo! This is much needed information, presented as it should be. Your production value in these videos is very good, very professional. I agree with what you're saying in this video because, like many, I've been there too. Thanks.
  • Denver
    Denver - I have been viewing  one by one the videos in your Pentatonic Foundation course and I am absolutely AMAZED at how the Pentatonic Scale works and what can be done with it.  My only problem is that I can’t learn the lessons fast enough.  I am dumbfounded that all this music can be produced from 5 notes.
  • Judith Blakey
    Judith Blakey - This is the best instruction on learning pentatonic scales and beginning improvisation I have come across so far! Your method is also good for improving finger agility on an instrument, too. I'm learning how to play jazz recorder I and will be using your method here. Thanks for sharing! You're a great teacher!
  • Lonnie
    Lonnie -

    I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for putting together your course. I live up in Bethel, Alaska and there are no saxophone instructors up here. I was very excited to come across your website. Knowing what to practice how to warm up has been extremely helpful and I will definitely be continuing forward using your methods and instruction. Thank you again sir for all the hard work and effort you have put into your courses.

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Playlists

  • Organize your practice sessions and optimize your playing time

  • Video playlists lasting 10, 20 and 30 minutes so you can fit them to your available practice time

  • Use these to mix up your daily practice and make sure you are hitting all of the fundamental skills regularly

  • No more Mystery about what to practice

Frequently Asked Questions

  • q-iconDoes This Work For All Saxophones?

    Yes! Whether you play Alto, Tenor, Soprano or Baritone saxophone, Core Essentials has you covered. The Program is divided into sections for all Bb instruments like tenor and soprano saxes, and all Eb instruments like alto and baritone saxes. You can switch back and forth as you like if you play multiple instruments.

  • q-iconHow Long After My Purchase Will I Receive Access?

    Immediately! Once your transaction is completed, you will be sent an email to set up a password for your new Better Sax Account. Click on the link, choose a new password, and you’re done. You will be redirected to the Members Home Page where all of your content is waiting for you. If you already have an account on Better Sax, you can skip this step and go straight to the Member Area.

  • q-iconWhat Level On The Saxophone Do I Need For This?

    The great thing about Core Essentials is that this material can and should be used at just about every level of saxophone playing. These are the things that I still do every day and so do the majority of professional saxophone players.

    Having said that, you should already know the basics of sound production and be able to get around the main notes of your horn at the very least. If you are a beginner, you might get a lot of use out of the fingering charts displayed on screen in the first section of videos.

  • q-iconIs There A Guarantee?

    Yes, of course. I want my students to succeed and feel confident that they are going to get their money’s worth and then some every time the purchase a product from Better Sax. As with all my other products I offer a 30 day no questions asked refund policy. If you don’t feel as though this program has helped you improve your saxophone playing, just send me a message, and I’ll send you a prompt refund.

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