Is this the best warm-up in the world? I don’t know.. but it is a darn good one. I really don’t even think about stepping on stage without a quick run-through.
This saxophone warm-up is a pattern that will take us through all twelve keys ascending in 1/2 steps. You can download the whole thing written out below, but it should be memorized.
Here is the first key — D major going into the next — Eb major.
- Start with the major scale degrees [1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2]
- lower the [3rd]
- lower the [3rd & 5th]
- lower the [2nd, 3rd, and 5th]
- Last bar play [1-b2-b3-4-b5-b3-1-b6] which in the new key could be thought of as playing the V7 chord [3-4-5-6-7-5-3-1].
- follow the pattern in each new key.
Download: The Best Saxophone Warm-up in the world