AB Workshops and the Saxophone Orchestra Manchester (SOM) are proud to present the BetterSax Level-Up Weekend with Jay Metcalf at Doubletree by Hilton, Manchester Airport.
Following on from Jay’s very successful event with AB Workshops in 2022, this will be bigger and better: instruction on improvisation, ensemble playing, rhythm workshops and advanced techniques.
The weekend will be full of workshops, specifically tailored to a range of abilities.
Beginner (grade 1-3)
Intermediate (grade 4-6)
Advanced (grade 7-8+)
Are you looking to enhance your musical understanding, technique, and confidence on the saxophone? Look no further! This exciting weekend is brimming with opportunities to learn from a diverse group of music professionals:
Join us for a weekend filled with knowledge, growth, and the joy of playing the saxophone!
This weekend will be packed full with learning and fun. Jay wants to connect with people and there’s no better way than doing that in real life. A sense of community, making lifelong friends along the way. Whether you’re a beginner starting out on your musical journey, an intermediate player looking for that next challenge or an advanced player looking to improve your skills from world class educators, this weekend has something for you.
Join us in this immersive experience, it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Beginner (approx grade 1-3)
Intermediate (approx grade 4-6)
Advanced (approx grade 7-8+)
All saxophones (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
Improve Understanding of Rhythms and Pulse
World Class Masterclasses and Workshops
Improve your Ensemble Playing
Improve your Improvisation
Jay Metcalf – BetterSax Founder
Jody Espina – President of JodyJazz, Professional Saxophonist and Educator
Saira Clegg – Professional Saxophonist and Music Educator
Andrew Blee – Owner of AB Workshops, Professional Saxophonist and Educator
Adam Hall – Music Educator
Zack Smith – RNCM Saxophonist – Final Year Student
Matthew Hodson – RNCM Saxophonist – Final Year Student
VIP Package includes….
Please note there are limited VIP tickets available!
Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at email@example.com or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.
This weekend is for all levels, even for people who have never played in a group. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced, you will be placed into a suitable group for the reading and improvisation workshops! Beginners/Intermediate also have rhythm workshops while advanced players have sessions on overtones, altissimo and jazz articulation. We will send out a detailed questionnaire to ensure you are placed in the right groups!
We welcome all standards of player, and will have sessions running for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Yes! We have specially designed the weekend so each level gets bespoke workshops!
Yes! We welcome players from all over the World, no matter if you are from the UK, Europe or further afield you are welcome!
You will need your saxophone, saxophone stand and a music stand.
No, but we bet you will! Even for those that have never improvised before this weekend is a great opportunity to try it for the first time! But if it’s not for you, don’t worry, you won’t be made to do something you’re not comfortable with.
Some sessions are music reading based, but we cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced, so even if you’re relatively new to this it will be a good opportunity to try and improve your reading as part of the weekend.