How to play Happy Birthday on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play Happy Birthday on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

"Happy Birthday" or "Happy Birthday To You" dates back to at least 1893, when sisters Patty and Mildred Hill set new words to an existing song, "Good Morning to All". For many years, it couldn't be sung in movies or TV shows without paying royalties to copyright holders Warner/Chappell Music, but in 2016 it was declared to be in the public domain.

In other languages, you might sing the same melody using the words: Joyeux anniversaire (French), Cumpleaños feliz (Spanish), سنة حلوة يا جميل (Sana helwa ya gameel - Arabic), 祝 你 生日 快乐 (Zhu ni shengri kuaile - Chinese), Zum Geburtstag viel Glück (German), יום הולדת שמח‎ (Yom Huledet Same'ach - Hebrew), Tanti auguri a te (Italian), 생일 축하 합니다 (saeng-il chukha hamnida - Korean), Hari huritau ki a koe (Māori), or С днём рожденья тебя (S dn'om rozhden'ya teb'a - Russian).

Fingering

These are the keys on your saxophone you'll be using to play this song:

Saxophone fingering diagram

Watch the Tutorial

Ready? Watch our free saxophone tutorial for Happy Birthday below!

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