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Street Beats

solo saxophone edition

Genres: Baroque, Classical, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Swing, Various
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Street Beats


These ten approachable and contrasting studies cover a wide range of styles from Baroque pastiche through folk and jazz to funk. They explore an imaginative variety of tempi, articulations and registers and present plenty of rhythmic and fingering challenges.

Like all Karen Street's music, they are thoroughly satisfying to play and allow plenty of scope for self-expression beyond the technical demands.

The book includes a piece for ABRSM grade 6, five pieces for TrinityGuildhall grades 4,6 & 7, and ten pieces for TrinityGuildhall Jazz grades 5, 6, 7 & 8.

Please check our exam titles pdf for further details.

Editors note: On some early editions of 'Street Beats' there is an error in bars 17 & 19 of 'Spic & Spanish', this is the 2nd and 4th bars after the 'To Coda' sign. All Cs in 17 & 19 are C naturals, not C#s.
Please accept our apologies for this error.


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10 min


  • A la Gavotte, Karen Street
    Baroque elegance on the sax.
  • Leaps & Bounds, Karen Street
    Bouncy swing and big intervals.
  • Folk Dance, Karen Street
    A vigorous dance with double density (false) fingerings and irregular time signatures.
  • A Little Piece, Karen Street
    A wistful exercise in breath control and phrasing.
  • Spic & Spanish, Karen Street
    A colourful contrast between vigorous staccato and senuous legato.
  • Like it or Not?, Karen Street
    Improvisatory and wild, with big leaps, off-beat rhythmsand flutter tongueing.
  • Reel Time, Karen Street
    An exuberant test of breath control and stamina.
  • Watch It!, Karen Street
    Bright swing with dramatic dynamics.
  • Romance, Karen Street
    Romantic lyricism with slurred intervals that test the embouchure.
  • Party Time, Karen Street
    Buoyant and snappy, with testing off-beat semiquavers.

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