Top 10 Ridiculously Easy Beginner Saxophone Songs (with Note, Fingering Charts)

Top 10 Ridiculously Easy Beginner Saxophone Songs (with Note, Fingering Charts)

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  1. Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine
  2. Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine
Top 10 Ridiculously Easy Beginner Saxophone Songs (with Note, Fingering Charts)

The 10 Ridiculously Easy Beginner Saxophone Songs With Note Charts and Fingering Charts

Chord or notes over lyrics are a common way to write note charts.

Note charts are an insanely simple way of writing music. We are writing notes in one line and lyrics in the subsequent line (and then aligning everything with spaces).

Simple stuff.

Because this list is slanted towards beginners, simplicity is the overriding goal here.

I always discourage saxophone beginners who don't know music theory from trying to learn how to read music and how to play the saxophone simultaneously. That's a particularly steep uphill battle.

A far superior approach is to focus on learning the instrument first (at least the entire first year, at a minimum).

By playing more freely, by ear.

We pick up the saxophone because it's fun, that's why YouTube is full of viral saxophone covers. That's why we love the idea of learning to play our favorite pop tune on our sax.

So play freely.

This is a step in that direction.

Song #1 — Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine

Ain't no Sunshine is one of the greatest songs of all time (#285 according to Rolling Stone magazine). The song was sung by Bill Withers, also there's a very good version by a young Michael Jackson.

My favorite version is a 19-minute epic by Isaac Hayes with some of the most fantastic saxophone ever played by Emerson Able at the Wattsax Festival in 1972.

Check it out, it's amazing.

Ain't No Sunshine Note Chart

[Verse 1]
   A     B     C     D        E         E        E
Ain't | no | sun|shine | when | she's | gone

  A    B      C         D        E         E
It's | not | warm | when | she's | away

   A     B     C     D        E        E        E 
Ain't | no | sun|shine | when | she's | gone

   A      B      C  D        E        F      G       H  I   J      K       L     M  N
And | she's | al|ways | gone | too | long | any|ti|me | she | goes | a|way
[Verse 2]
   A    B     C      D        E         F        G
Won|der | this | time | where | she's | gone

  A     B    C     D        E      F     G
Won|der | if | she's | gone | to | stay

   A     B     C     D        E        E        E 
Ain't | no | sun|shine | when | she's | gone

   A      B      C  D        E        F      G       H  I   J      K       L    M  N
And | this | house | just | ain't | no | home any|time she | goes | a|way
[Verse 3]
And I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know
Hey, I ought to leave young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone
[Verse 4]
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness every day
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home anytime she goes away
[Outro]
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
— Bill Withers, Ain't No Sunshine
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Ain't No Sunshine Saxophone Fingering Charts

Ain't no Sunshine is basically three phrases with the following notes:

  1. E
  2. G
  3. A
  4. C
  5. B
  6. G
  7. A
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