The Best Saxophone Warm-up in the world

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.

The Pattern

  • 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


  1. I’m an alto sax and I think and my siblings think this is an ok warm up but there can be better but I am young so idk

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