How to Play Careless Whisper on Alto Sax (Fingering Charts + Music Sheet)
Today we are going to learn how to play one of the most famous sax solo's; Careless Whisper by George Michael on alto sax.
In today's lesson, we are going to learn how to play on alto sax the most important saxophone riff of all time and perhaps one of the most famous sax solos ever — George Michael's Careless Whisper.
This song was really popular when it came out in the 80s, and then a few years ago there was a YouTube video that wen viral that featured this sax solo.
Let's dive right in.
The solo starts on a high C♯, which is your C♯ with the octave key.
Then keeping our octave key on we're going to play a high B.
Followed by an octave key F sharp.
And then an octave key D.
So, those four notes, all with the octave key i.e. C♯, B, F♯, and D, are what we need for now.
Here's how the first few notes look:
The second phrase starts with a high A (that's the A with the octave key):
Then the G below that.
Then the D below it.
Then the B without the octave key.
Here's how that looks:
Here's the entire music sheet for Careless Whisper for careless whisper. This will probably take time to get through and practice but you will not have the entire song note-by-note.
As for the rest of the fingering charts, I already covered all fingerings for the saxophone on this blog (including the most common alternate fingerings). Here are all major scales on the saxophone, here are all minor scales on the saxophone. That alone should cover all the fingerings you'll need.
The notes that are used on Careless Whisper are based on the concert F major scale, that's the D major scale on the alto (B Aeolian Scale i.e. B-C♯-D-E-F♯-G-A-B). So that's all you'll need.
Have a look at saxophone transposition if you have no idea what I'm talking about.