How to play Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

Before Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was a song, it was a story written by Robert May in 1939. He later suggested to his brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, that he adapt the story into a song.

Since Gene Autry's hit version in 1949, Rudolph has been recorded by everyone from Destiny's Child to Alvin the the Chipmunks, with Chuck Berry even recording a "sequel" in 1958 called "Run Rudolph Run". The song has also launched spin-off characters such as "Olive, the Other Reindeer", who arose from a mis-hearing of the lyric "All of the other reindeer".

Marks went on to write many other Christmas songs including "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".


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

Saxophone fingering diagram

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