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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

Copyright stuff

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.

Courtesy of cksounds.co.uk

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
The Dolphin
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
Something Funky
Emily in Ab
BariWalk in Eb
Fever(Eb)
Full House(Ab)
Easy Living(Eb)
When Sunny Gets Blue(Eb)
Changes pdf
Changes(2) mp3
Changes(1)mp3
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)
Wave(D)

Along Came Betty
Blue Bossa
Bossa Antigua
Bouncing With Bud
Bunko
Cantaloupe Island
Crazy
Dancing on The Ceiling
Dexter
Dindi
End Of The World
Frenesi
Goodbye Mr Evans
I Remember Clifford
I Fall in Love too Easily
Infant Eyes
Isfahan
Let’s Cool One
Lets Fall In Love
Moonglow
O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Getz)
Out of NoWhere
Over the Rainbow (Reggae)
Petite Fleure
Shining Hour
Stardust
The Dolphin
The Peacocks
Tour De Force
Walkin’ Shoes
Watermelon man
We’ve Only Just Begun
Where is the Love

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Or download sampler (13 tracks)


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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

Instrument Chords
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

Instrument Chords
Concert pitch (Cm7 – F7)
Eb instruments (Am7 – D7)
Bb Instruments (Dm7 – G7)

Dorian G – Smoothfunk dorian in G

Instrument Chords
Concert pitch (Gm7 – C7)
Eb instruments (Em7 – A7)
Bb Instruments (Am7 – D7)


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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:


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Smooth EP

Smooth

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.


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Big

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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.

TCL

Walk the Talk

Voodoo Chill


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More to come…

In the saxophone section:

Beginners’ tunes & chord/scale reference chart to help with impro learning.

Free saxophone stuff

+ 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.


All the profits from direct sales at TamingTheSaxophone is donated to various charities or educational establishments. Also, all profits received by us from affiliate sales is also donated

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!

Heaton School

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF6HQuiWi9E

Donations

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:
2006 APEC £2949.91
2007 APEC £2000
Leukaemiabusters £3000
April 2008 Leukaemiabusters £3220.00
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
June 2010 Leuka £500
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
June 2011 Leuka £250
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

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