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“Take Five”
Saxophone Music and Backing Track

(written by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond)

Listen to Johnny’s take on it:

Take Five Saxophone Music

A real classic, unique and rare jazz hit that enjoyed mainstream radio play in it’s day when it came out in 1966. Written by Paul Desmond and recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. This tune is in 5/4 time, hence the name Take Five.

Although it has a jazz feel, the soloing is pretty much blues, staying on one chord, using a very simple and typical blues scale which is also included in the sheet music download.

One of the coolest things about playing this tune is the feel. Very different from anything you’ve played before, as long as it wasn’t in 5/4 time that is!

Counting in 5/4 isn’t much more difficult than any other time signature. You can break it down by counting 1,2,3,1,2 instead of 1,2,3,4,5. This may make it easier. Once you’re in the groove the soloing can be very easy and straight forward because it just stays in the one chord so you can simply use the blues scale.

Song Key

This music chart is in the same key as the original Brubeck recording which is Eb minor concert.
 This means the Bb saxophone chart is in F minor and the Eb saxophone chart is in the key of C minor.

Download Includes Take Five Saxophone Sheet Music and MP3 Backing track:

  • high quality mp3 audio track (192 kbps)
  • music charts (both B flat and E flat)
  • music charts print out as full size music sheets
  • improvised solo section is included
  • blues scales for your own improvising

Download This Song

To download the Take Five saxophone sheet music PDF file and play-along audio backing track click the button below. After payment you will receive an email with your special download link and other information regarding your purchase.

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If you have any questions, concerns, or problems with this download just post me a message in the forum:
thanks, now download the song and have fun!
rock on,
Johnny Ferreira

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