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Online 1-2-1 Lessons Now Available!

 I believe in nurturing my student’s creativity with constructive, fun and engaging lessons that are tailored to their musical tastes.

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"Finding a teacher like Paul has been absolutely amazing for me, during the course of my lessons I have made huge progress...all my family and friends have commented on how quickly I have been able to start playing the instrument to a decent standard"

Cherry Harris, Andalucia, Spain

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Getting Started?

Learning to play an instrument can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Whether you're taking up a new hobby or fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play the sax.  When guided properly, I believe that everyone can learn to play and enjoy the music they love. It's never too late to start.

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Play the songs you love.

Whether you'd like to learn to play Jazz, Rock, Ska, Pop or Classical pieces. No more boring tunes that you don't connect with. Your musical goals and tastes are the central focus of the lessons. When you learn to play tunes you love you look forward to practicing and playing and you learn faster, stay motivated and have more fun. Learn to play the way you have always wanted to.    

Want to learn improvise?

Learning to improvise can be incredibly fun and rewarding as it frees you from just reading sheet music. You will be able to put your own spin on famous tunes, take solos on jazz standards, as well as playing funk, pop or ska classics. You will be guided step by step and very quickly you will feel confident playing tunes from memory, joining in at jam sessions, or just enjoy playing something new each time you pick up your sax.

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Preparing for an exam?

I can help you prepare and enter you for ABRSM graded music exams for both jazz and classical styles. These can be great goals to set and give you confidence in your ability. I have 100% pass rate with my students, many of them achieving the highest mark of distinction.  These achievements look great for school, university and job applications, and demonstrate creativity and self discipline.

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Paul’s saxophone classes are very well structured and very fun/enjoyable to follow. For each class, Paul prepares excellent supplementary material and all these are shared in a very user-friendly format. I’ve been following his classes for about a month now and have already experienced a major improvement in my playing as well as in my theoretical knowledge. And all this comes at a very affordable cost. What more can one want! 

Tuna Kuyucu, Istanbul/Turkey


Learn from any device and any platform 

With today's technology becoming easier, faster and more intuitive, there has never been a better time to take full advantage of what is now on offer.

you can use skype, facetime or zoom to take saxophone lessons with Paul Riley at
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Hear from some of my students...

"Finding a teacher like Paul has been absolutely amazing for me, during the course of my lessons I have made huge progress...all my family and friends have commented on how quickly I have been able to start playing the instrument to a decent standard"

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Cherry Harris, Andulacia/Spain

From beginners to advanced...

I'm a musician, I studied at Berklee College of Music ...he listened to what I wanted to learn how to do and I gotta tell you, the lessons have been great!

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Robert Wayne, USA

Learning from all over the globe...

"I'm amazed at the knowledge I've picked up, Paul has a great way of communicating...and that has been a great motivator for me to actually want to practice everyday!"

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Denis Owen, Jersey/UK

Playing the music they always wanted 

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“Paul is an excellent teacher; his teaching style is laid back and makes it easy to understand. I like to read music, learn music theory, play by ear and improvise and Paul’s tuition is helping me to make great strides to get there with all of them. In the relatively short time that I’ve been following Paul’s tuition, I’ve seen a significant improvement in my playing. Thanks Paul!”

John Smith, London UK

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Benefits to Live Online Saxophone Lessons


Learn to play from anywhere

Take the opportunity to learn with a top London professional musician from the comfort of home, wherever you live.

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Save time and money

Don’t spend time and money travelling to and from your lessons, just switch on your computer and start playing.

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Keep a Record of Your Lessons

An incredibly valuable tool that you can use to help in your practice, review new concepts and techniques.


Make the most of free time

Unlock your creativity and challenge yourself in a fun and engaging way. Learn new skills that will last a lifetime.

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Comfort and confidence

Playing from home can be much less stressful and give you more confidence to try new things.

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More Flexible Booking

Book lessons that best fits your schedule; learning online from home makes that even easier.

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"I'm amazed at the knowledge I've picked up, Paul has a great way of communicating...and that has been a great motivator for me to actually want to practice everyday!"

Denis Owen, Jersey, UK

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  • What's Inside The Course?
    Lesson 1: In this first lesson you will learn about the musical alphabet, intervals of a major and minor 2nd, how to build a and label a major scale. Lesson 2: How to read and understand the chords for songs like 'Stand By Me' How to build chords from a major scale The difference between a major and a minor chord How to read a simple chord symbols Lesson 3: How to build the most common 7th chords The 7th chords found in a major scale How to build 4 types of 7th chords from any note Understand the chord symbols used in jazz songs for 7th chords Lesson 4: What are 9th, 11th and 13th chords How to 'alter' chord extensions and how they change the chord How to build chord extensions onto the 4 main chord types Lesson 5: What are sus chords and how to build them. What are slash chords and what their effect is. How to invert chords and what chord symbols do they use. Lesson 6: The famous ii V I chord progression! How to analyse a jazz standard How to identify the most common chords sequences within a tune Lesson 7: What to play over common chord sequences. Understand how to use different scale types. How to outline the chord changes when using the same scale. Lesson 8: How to create a melodic minor scale How to build chords with a melodic minor scale How to create interesting phrases with melodic minor harmony Lesson 9: What are pentatonic scales and why are the useful? How to build a pentatonic scale. Where and how to use major and minor pentatonic scales over common chord sequences Lesson 10: How to build common melodic minor pentatonic scales. What chords do these pentatonics sound good on? A melodic trick you can use when improvising on a minor 2 5 1 chord progression. Lesson 11: How to use chromatic approach notes, passing notes and enclosures How to look at a phrase and understand how it is constructed How to create more interesting phrases Lesson 12: What is the tritone substitution? Where do I use it? How to use it to make your II V I phrases more interesting Lesson 13: How to use diatonic music structures to create interesting lines How to use the V - I chord superimposition Fundamental rules for creating interesting musical phrases Lesson 14: How to build phrases using parallel pentatonic scales. How to build parallel phrases from musical cells. The best places and how to use these techniques. Coming on 9th Feb Lesson 15: Understand how modes are made Useful way to order them How to use modes on tunes
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“Paul Riley's website is for me, number one among the best saxophone sites I've ever seen, full of exceptional quality content to which you can have full access with a modest monthly subscription. But above all, I like his teaching style: very structured and well-engineered in which he guides the student gradually step by step. The possibility then to have Zoom lessons personally with Paul to deepen these topics completes it's didactic offer and makes it really unique.

D. B , Italy

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