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Jazz Sax Lessons: Play Along & Learn a Song: Star Spangled Banner

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Okay, let's play
something patriotic.
The Star Spangled Banner.
When I decided to put together
a collection of songs that will be fun for
people just starting off playing,
I wanted to go a bit across the board and
I thought that this would be a cool one.
A good American classic obviously.
So let's take a look at this chart
that I wrote for you one more time.
Obviously, the one that says E flat
alto and baritone saxophones are for,
obvious for E flat baritone players.
And B flat soprano and
tenor chart is for you guys.
So on this cart, check out from bar one
after the pickup notes,
you see that repeat sign.
And that means that, we're gonna repeat
back to that sign there the cool little
bar, thick bar followed by the thinner
bar line with the wings on the top and
bottom of the two dots, vertically,
that's our repeat sign.
You also have another one,
eight bars later.
We have a first ending and a second
ending, a common thing to sort of miss
when we're first reading.
The thing that Is less obvious.
The thing that is most obvious
is that the first ending,
the one that is indicated by
the number one, is your first ending.
So you play that and then repeat back to
the repeat at the beginning of the song.
And then when you get
to those endings again,
when you get to the second ending, you're
gonna skip that first ending bar entirely,
and go from the bar prior
to that second ending bar.
So pretty straightforward I'd say.
And then if you skip down to five
bars before the end, on beat two.
You'll see a framata.
Again that little birds eye thing.
Means that it's a hole to be hold on
to that note, until you decide or
the director, if you're playing in
a band decides to count you in, and
have you start playing
the subsequent music.
In this case, it's those two eight notes
in beat three, after that formatta.
So, yeah.
This is a little longer song.
It's in our key, it's in three four time,
and in our key for
us alto players in the key of D with two
sharps, and for tenor sopranos, one sharp.
So, always be aware of those.
We've got a couple of accidentals,
beat those
sharps there in bar three and
a little later on down the song.
So be aware of those, G sharps for
use alto players and C sharps for
you B flat people.
So here we go, Star Spangled Banner.
One two.
[LAUGH] Learn that, and
you're ready to play the Star Spangled
Banner at your next baseball game.
So, this being a little bit of
a longer song, it's gonna be, I've
been playing for a long, long,
long time and I play all the time.
Even this feels,
I feel it in my mouth a little bit.
It feels like I've done
a little mini workout there.
So, that's a good thing, actually.
But, you wanna pace yourself when
you play these kinds of songs.
Not, songs, not to play too long,
too hard, and
certainly conversely not to play too soft.
And you know, you want to make sure
you support it enough with your air.
I guess that's my point.
Is that, you know, playing is about
the combination of supporting
with your with your air and
with your embouchure.
And if all of your work is done with the
embouchure you're not really putting your
air forth, than all kinds of
bad things are going to happen.
But in particular you're not gonna,
your sound isn't going to be stable,
it's not going to be full.
And you're gonna,
it's just not gonna sound right so
by using enough air its not
all about playing with,
moving your air forwards, its interesting
your sound is created by the amount
of air that you generated, generate.
Not the speed of your air.
The speed of your air
determines your volume.
Your amount of air that you
generate determines your tone.
Determines how full your sound can be.
So one thing we're gonna be working on,
one thing you should be working
on when you play your long tones.
And quite frankly everything else.
Is to make sure that when you're,
whenever you're playing something,
that you're generating
a good amount of air,
that you're feeling it in your diaphragm,
and you know and supporting.
So, not to get too far afield, but
that's always important no
matter what you're playing, and
it's a good point I'll be making
several times in this school, trust me.
And so
that helps with the endurance issue too.
Just making sure that you're, you know,
you're supporting enough with your air.
Let's play it again shall we?
Let me see if there's anything
else I should point out,
pretty straight forward actually.
Again, with breaths,
I'm struggling to find a rest but
on this song the only rest has,
has happened in the past,
the only rest you see is at
the very end of the song.
So doesn't do you a whole lot
of good breathing wise so.
You know, you've heard this song obviously
several times, more than several times so,
think musically where you
should decide to breathe don't,
only breathe where you have to.
Obviously have to breathe in order
to play the instrument, but be aware
that how you put your phrases forward
has a lot to do with how you sound and,
where you decide to breathe has a lot to
do with how those phrases come forth.
So, here we go, Star Spangled Banner.
Ready, play along with me if you can.
One, go.
All right, enjoy that one.
If you wanna record it and
post that video I'd love to hear it.
So, go for it and I'll respond.
All right, have fun.