How to play Greensleeves on Saxophone

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

Often heard being played from ice cream trucks in the UK and Australia, this traditional English folk song dates back to the 1500s. It is often said that the song was composed by King Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn, although experts believe it was in fact written after his death. Greensleeves is referenced in William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor", indicating that the song was already well known by the early 1600s. Aside from Greensleeves, the most widely played songs by ice cream vans include Turkey in the Straw, The Entertainer, Fur Elise, and Camptown Races.


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 Greensleeves below!

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