How To Play Green Onions On The Saxophone

G’day Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls and everyone in between – it’s Matthew here from how to play the sax dot com !

In a previous lesson we were talking about the 12 bar blues…..and the 12 bar blues I wanted to do today is a very, very, very well known song called Green Onions.


Green Onions by a band called Booker T and the MG’s

In terms of having fun, playing saxophone, being awesome and repeating the whole process, this Green Onions 12 bar blues saxophone lesson fits really nicely !

This song is in an awesome key from an alto saxophone perspective, which makes it really easy for us to play.

Booker T was a keyboard player.  He played Hammond organ – but that’s alright because it translates really nicely onto our alto saxophones.

The main melody repeats over and over and over again.

My challenge to you – apart from to have fun, play saxophone, be awesome, repeat – it to play a little solo over this song, as well as to learn the main melody.

Give it a go – wiggle your fingers…..if it doesn’t feel right, if it doesn’t work, that’s cool, no stress, no problem, that’s ok but I encourage you to just give it a go.


Play a solo on your own – just make it up.

If it helps, you can play any of the notes in the C major scale :
C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  –  and you can’t go wrong.

Play along with the melody, or just play….make something up…’s entirely up to you.

Either way, please have fun, please play saxophone, please be awesome, please repeat !

How to play Green Onions on the Alto Saxophone.

Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s.
Green Onions Saxophone.
Green Onions Alto Sax.

This video saxophone lesson for Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s is an edited and condensed version.

The full and complete version of this and all of our other saxophone lessons are available to our Members inside our Members Area.

In the full Green Onions saxophone lesson – as with all full saxophone lessons for all songs that we are learning inside the Members Area – we break the song components down into bite sized pieces.  We slow it down, we dissect it, we build on the individual components until we are confident and comfortable enough to give it all a red hot go.

We are all about quick wins, tips, hints and suggestions here at How To Play The Sax, as well as helping you take your saxophone playing to the next level !!

How To Play Green Onions On The Saxophone

How To Play Green Onions On The Saxophone

And we have some fun along the way.

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The full version of this Booker T and the MGs Green Onions saxophone lesson inside the Members Area is actually a two part series.  Part 1 runs for just over 20 minutes and Part 2 runs for 13 minutes and 33 seconds.

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