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Backing Tracks and Play-Alongs for Tenor Saxophone

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Tim teaches musical instruments in schools and colleges. He also plays the trumpet in several bands and arranges and publishes music.

Tenor Saxophone Play-Alongs

Tenor Saxophone Play-Alongs

Tenor Saxophone Solo Play-Alongs

Playing the saxophone is more fun when playing with a backing track. Here you will find lots of free music videos of play-alongs/backing tracks for solo Tenor Sax in Bb. The videos display the music for saxophone while playing the piano accompaniment so you can play along.

There are many benefits to practising with a backing track. Your tuning and ensemble skills will improve as you will have to play with a steady pulse.

These backing track videos have been well presented with professional quality notation and are completely free to use. I have carefully arranged these pieces so they fit into the best range for the tenor saxophone. These arrangements are inventive and have interplay between the solo and piano parts.

There are several different styles to choose from which includes jazz, blues, folk, and Christmas solos.

Backing Tracks and Play-Alongs for Tenor Saxophone

Free Tenor Sax music backing tracks.

Title

Genre

1. "The Entertainer"

Ragtime

2. "Danny Boy'

Irish Trad

3. "St James' Infirmary"

Blues

4. "O Holy Night"

Christmas

5. "The Drunken Sailor"

Sea Shanty

6. "The Banana Boat Song"

Jamaican Work Song/Calyso

7. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Children's Song/Classical

8. "Yellow Bird"

Calypso

9. "William Tell"

Operatic Overture

10. "Kalinka"

Russian Folk Song

11. "Scotland The Brave"

Scottish Traditional

12. "La Cucaracha"

Spanish/Mexican Trad

13. "Mango Walk"

Calypso

14. "Greensleeves"

English Traditional

15. "The Daisy Bell"

English Victorian

16. "Scarborough Fair"

English Traditional

17. "Ten Green Bottles"

English Children's Song

18. "The Skye Boat Song"

Scottish Traditional

19. "Amazing Grace in Blue"

Hymn/Spiritual/Blues

1. "The Entertainer"—Scott Joplin

"The Entertainer" is a famous piano rag and was written in 1902 by Scott Joplin. This well known tune was used on the 1970's film "The Sting". This arrangement has been arranged for solo tenor saxophone in Bb and piano. The sax part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

2. "Danny Boy"—Irish Traditional

"Danny Boy" is a traditional Irish famous song written in 1910 by Fred Weatherly. It's lyrics was set to the tune "The Londonderry Air." It became popular during the First World War as the song depicts a soldier leaving for war. This arrangement has been written for solo tenor saxophone in Bb and piano. The sax part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

3. "St James' Infirmary"

"St James' Infirmary" is a traditional New Orleans Funeral March. This arrangement starts with Chopin's "Funeral March" which then becomes the accompanying figure. The piece becomes more jazzy and intense as it progresses. This arrangement has been written for solo tenor saxophone in Bb and piano. The sax part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

4. "O Holy Night"—Adolphe Adams

"O Holy Night" is a famous christmas song written by Adolphe Adams in 1847. The song is based on a French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" which reflects on the birth of Jesus. This arrangement has been written for solo tenor saxophone in Bb and piano. The sax part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

5. "The Drunken Sailor" — Traditional Sea Shanty

"The Drunken Sailor" is a traditional sea shanty. Songs where often sang to help the sailors keep in time when doing jobs onboard. This work song is thought to have originated in the early 19th century but became a poplar song amongst non sailors early in the 20th century.

This easy to play tenor saxophone solo is played twice with a counter melody of a hornpipe in the backing track.

6. "The Banana Boat Song" — Traditional Calypso

"The Banana Boat Song" is traditional Jamaican work song. This song, also known as "Day-O" was also covered by Harry Belafonte in 1956 and in 1979 Harry famously performed this song on the muppet show. This song has also featured in the 1988 film "Beetle Juice"

This tenor saxophone solo is fairly easy to play and is about a grade 1 to 2 difficulty.

7. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star —Traditional

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is a well known lullaby which is sung to the tune of the a traditional French song. A common misconception is that Mozart wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Although this is not true he did compose 12 variations on the theme.

This easy to play tenor saxophone solo features a variation on 2nd verse.

8. "Yellow Bird" —Traditional Calypso

The song "Yellow Bird" is set to the Haitian lyrical poem "Chouccoune". This fun to play calypso song is about a lady who has "flown" away.

This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

9. "William Tell" — Rossini

This is the overture from Rossini's 39th opera, the "William Tell". This music is often associated with horse riding and was the theme for the "Lone Ranger".

This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

10. "Kalinka" — Russian Traditional

"Kalinka" is a famous Russian folk song that gradually gets faster. This song was used in the game "Tetris" and it's now known as the "Tetris Theme". This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

11. "Scotland The Brave" — Scottish Traditional

Often played on bagpipes the patriotic song "Scotland the Brave" is an unofficial Scottish Anthem. Often played by military bands this song has featured on TV and Film.

This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play and features a counter melody in the accompaniment on the repeat.

12. "The Cucaracha"—Traditional

"The Cucaracha" is a traditional Spanish song about a Cockroach. This tune is very popular in Mexico and is often played by Mariachi bands. This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

13. "Mango Walk" —Traditional

"Mango Walk" is a traditional Jamaican song about fruit picking. A "Mango Walk" is an orchard and a number 11 is a variety of mango. This tenor saxophone solo is in a calypso style and is moderately easy to play.

14. "Greensleeves" — English Traditional

"Greensleeves" is a famous English traditional folk song which is thought to be credited to Henry VIII. Shakespeare refers the the tune Greensleeves twice in "The Merry Wives of Windsor". This tenor saxophone solo is written in a dorian minor and is moderately easy to play.

15. "The Daisy Bell" —Traditional

"Daisy Bell" is a popular British song written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. This Victorian song in triple time is also know as "Daisy Daisy". This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

16. "Scarborough Fair" — English Traditional

"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English folk song which was famously covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960's. The origins of the song can be traced back as early as 1670! This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play.

17. "Ten Green Bottles" —Traditional

"Ten Green Bottles" is a popular Children's song in the UK. This tenor saxophone solo is moderately easy to play and features a variation on the 2nd verse

18. "The Skye Boat Song" — Scottish Traditional

The "Skye Boat Song" is a traditional Scottish folk tune from the 19th century. This arrangement for solo tenor saxophone depicts the sea and is moderately easy to play.

19. "Amazing Grace in Blue" — Spiritual

This arrangement of the popular hymn has been "jazzed up" and gets progressively more bluesy as the song progresses. Written in a gospel style this tenor saxophone solo is at a moderate difficulty.

More Music!

I regularly write and arrange new music for saxophone and other woodwind and brass instruments, so please come back to see if I have wriiten any new music.

I would love to hear what sax solos you would like to play and would like me to arrange next. Please comment below and leave some great suggestions!

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