How To Play Paper In Fire On The Saxophone

Paper In Fire by John Mellencamp has a great riff that is just screaming for us to play along with on our saxophones.  Paper In Fire Saxophone Lessons anyone ?

Back in the mid/late 1980’s John Mellencamp (Johnny Cougar to his friends) had a string of hits – Paper In Fire perhaps was the biggest and the most well known.

Do you want to learn how to play Paper In Fire by John Mellencamp on the saxophone ?  Click the “Play” button below and let’s get started !!


I really like this great fun Paper In Fire Saxophone song.  And the people in the original film clip appear to be enjoying themselves too.

The original instrumentation for the main riff in Paper In Fire was a combination of violin, guitar and accordion (and possibly banjo too).

However, adding in a saxophone to ANY riff in ANY song is ALWAYS a good idea 🙂


Paper In Fire Saxophone Lessons

How To Play Paper In Fire On The Saxophone.
How To Play Paper In Fire On The Alto Saxophone.
Paper In Fire By John Mellencamp.
Paper In Fire Saxophone.
Paper In Fire Alto Saxophone.

We’ve left a little bit out of this Paper In Fire saxophone lesson you’ve just done.  However, if you’re looking for the full lesson, please become a member and I’ll see you inside the members area for this full lesson and many, many, many others !

This video saxophone lesson for Paper In Fire 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 Paper In Fire 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.

Paper In Fire Saxophone Lessons

Paper In Fire Saxophone Lessons

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 !!   And learning how to play Paper In Fire on the saxophone is certainly a great way to add more awesome songs to your repertoire.

And we have some fun along the way.

Even if you have never played the saxophone before, we can get you started with learning how to play the saxophone and have you rocking and rolling in no time.

The Cheat Sheets inside the Members Area (and the Members Forums) make learning how to play the saxophone easier too 🙂

The full version for this Paper In Fire saxophone lesson inside the Members Area runs for 19 minutes and 28 seconds.


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Matthew 🎷


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