Can they really be free?
Yes. There is a lot of free stuff scattered throughout the site, in this section we have some mp3 downloads, backing tracks and sheet music for your enjoyment and education. There is a donation button (hint hint) but fair enough, if you don’t have a lot of money right now, then there is no pressure or expectation to donate. But do let me know if you find the stuff useful, and please tell others about the site – it all helps.
Free playalongs, audio files and sheet music
We happily offer many free resources on this site. All we ask is that if you want to share any of these, rather than distribute them yourself you refer people back to these pages. If you enjoy the resources and feel like making a donation of any size to help with our fundraising in aid of music education for children with special needs, please see here
These are free but they are still copyright. You may use them for your own personal use but please don’t redistribute these in any form, either giving away, selling or lending. Please refer your students, friends etc. to this site if they want the tracks. This doesn’t stop you from recording your solos over them and uploading to Youtube etc. but if you do please credit me and let me know.
Climb Every Mountain in C
Lets Fall in Love in C
We’ve Only Just Begun in Eb
You Belong to Me in B
Black Orpheus in C
Cantaloupe Island in C
Midnight Jazz in Eb min
Theme for Ernie in Ab
Nica’s Dream in C
Always on my Mind (alto) in C
Harlem Nocturne in C with intro
Naima in Ab
Crazy in Eb
Me and Mrs Jones in C and Db
The Midnight Sun Will Never Set in Ab
Stranger on The Shore in F
Blues in Bb
Blues in G
In Your Own Sweet Way (100) mp3
In Your Own Sweet Way (140) mp3
In Your Own Sweet Way solo mp3
In Your Own Sweet Way pdf file
The solo has been transposed for tenor/ Bb instruments, the backing track is in Eb.
Nature Boy in C
My One And Only in Eb
Work Song in Ab
Alfie in C
Harlem Nocturne in C
Round Midnight in Ebmin
Theme For Ernie in Ab
Tears In Heaven in A
Tears In Heaven(lite) in A
Wonderful Tonight in G
Wonderful Tonight(internet) in G
Can’t Help Falling In Love in Db
Emily in Ab
BariWalk in Eb
When Sunny Gets Blue(Eb)
1 O’clock(t) pdf
1 O’clock(t) mp3
1 O’clock(a) pdf
1 O’clock(a) mp3
All the things you are(Ab)
Chan’s Song (Eb)
Groove Merchant (Bb)
Along Came Betty
Bouncing With Bud
Dancing on The Ceiling
End Of The World
Goodbye Mr Evans
I Remember Clifford
I Fall in Love too Easily
Let’s Cool One
Lets Fall In Love
O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Getz)
Out of NoWhere
Over the Rainbow (Reggae)
Tour De Force
We’ve Only Just Begun
Where is the Love
Buy All 80 mp3 backing tracks:
Or download sampler (13 tracks)
Dorian Mode Backing Tracks
The dorian mode is a great mode for learning to improvise. These tracks have only one or two chords. You can either improvise using the chords or else just use the scales and your ears to work out what notes sound good. Try using a few minor penatonics and blues scales or more “out” notes for interest. (The major 7 can sound cool if you use it either for tension or to resolve up into to root.
Smoothdaddy – jazz dorian mode in Bbm
|Concert pitch||(Bbm7 – Eb7)|
|Eb instrument||(Gm7 – C7)|
|Bb Instruments)||(Cm7 – F7)|
The Love Groove
Dorian in Cm. The bass stays around the C, but the chords are Cm7 – F7 but you can think of it as just Cm7
|Concert pitch||(Cm7 – F7)|
|Eb instruments||(Am7 – D7)|
|Bb Instruments||(Dm7 – G7)|
Dorian G – Smoothfunk dorian in G
|Concert pitch||(Gm7 – C7)|
|Eb instruments||(Em7 – A7)|
|Bb Instruments||(Am7 – D7)|
Jumping Jam at various tempos
This is a great way to practise this simple 1940s style jump blues track. Yes, the tune is simple but it sounds great when played fast so we have included backing tracks at different tempos. You can download the full track and listen to it played at the fast tempo. There is also sheetmusic for Eb and Bb instruments to download.
The backing track mp3s start at a sedate 140bpm and finish at 240bpm. Take your time perfecting the tune at each tempo before moving on to the next.
Here is the track (with saxophone) at 240BPM, the download includes backing mp3s at different tempos plus sheet music for Eb, Bb and C instruments:
These three are from many years ago in a sort of smooth jazz style but with some variations from the genre as they were originally composed for TV/Film soundtrack themes. They loosely fit into the genre and are great fun to play.
Included in the download is sheet music for Eb, Bb and C instruments and a backing track for Touche. More backing tracks are on the way so watch this space!
Touche has a kind of Jazz/Indie Hip Hop beat with some tasty guitar licks from Paul Stacy and a nice lazy relaxed feel.
Syndrome is a more angular M base feel with synth stabs and some surprise modulations.
Mr Nice is more in the typical 80s style.
Sheet music & backing track mp3 for TCL & Walk the Talk from the album Big
Voodoo Chill backing track from Mr Lucky
More tracks from the albums will be added here so keep an eye on this page or subscribe to our mailing list (see bottom of this page) to get news on further free downloads.
Walk the Talk
More to come…
Beginners’ tunes & chord/scale reference chart to help with impro learning.
+ Free Arrangements (band parts) and Mr Lucky ringtones when you buy the Mr Lucky CD
+ Playalong music and mp3 for Big
More free stuff will be added here so keep an eye on this page or subscribe to our mailing list (see bottom of this page) to get news on further free downloads.
We are now making more than £8,000 a year and have raised over £50,000 in total, for which I’d like to heartily thank everyone who has donated or bought something from the store.
Thank you all!
This year we have teamed up with Doug Briggs of www.omnimusic.org.uk. With Doug’s expertise in the area of assistive music technology we can effectively channel the proceeds of sales so we know it goes where it can do the most good. Currently we have been funding a music programme at Heaton School for children with severe learning disabilities. We are buying musical instruments, assistive music technology such as the Apollo system as well as funding a performance in 2014.
Doug explains how the money helps:
As well as raising money for special needs music education, from time to time we donate to various current campaigns
Donations we have made since 2006:
|IMC (Burma Cyclone)||£390.00|
|Band on the Wall||£2500|
|January 2009||Sax on the Web “Saxothon”||£211|
|March 2009||Band on the Wall||£2000|
|September 2009||Band on the Wall||£3000|
|December 2009||PRS benevolent fund||£500|
|December 2009||Sax on the Web “Saxothon”||£400|
|January 2010||Red Cross Haiti Appeal||£500|
|June 2010||Band on the Wall||£4000|
|August 2010||Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal||£1000|
|February 2011||Band On The Wall||£6000|
|March 2011||Red Cross||£620|
|June 2011||Cancer Research||£20|
|December 2011||Band on the Wall||£10000|
|March 2012||Gorton Education Village||£6000|
|Jan 2014||Heaton School||£2280|
|May 2014||Heaton School||£6000|
|Total to date||£57,784.53|