Scale practice; How and what to practice to build your saxophone technique

One of the most effective ways to build saxophone technique is through scale practice.

Scales are the building blocks for all music genres, and help build vocabulary and ear training skills.

Scales also include arpeggios, which are the individual pitches that make up chords. 

Chord practice is vital for hearing the chord changes in jazz and classical progressions, and for conveying those changes to the audience when improvising.

But which scales do you really need to know?

What order should you play your scales?

How should you practice your scales?

In the following four part series, you will get the answers to those questions.

In Part 1, you will learn the best order to start working on scales, along with some of the chords the scales go well with.



In the 2nd part of my series on scales, you will discover the method books that will bring your technique to the next level, and some advanced tips to build technique and improvisation.


In Part 3, you will discover 3 tips to applying your scale practice to learning jazz tunes.

In part 4, you will discover 3 ways to work through challenging keys to improve your technique.

A New/Old Resource!

In this last video, I review Miles Osland's Scale Anthology series. This is a comprehensive series used to develop your technique and improvisation


Here are the links to purchase the Anthology:

Volume 1  and Volume 2


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  1. very informative.thank you

  2. thank you for this impressive material….
    i really feel free from prison of not knowing what to do with my saxophone …
    i can now play all major scales but still improving in speed and stuff and other things , i really didnt know what to practice ,was now thinking im a pro, when i play soloz but ive seen ,have a lot to learn …..i really appreciate your efforts in helping other saxophonist ….
    words cannot express my gratitude ….thank you Donna , god bless

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