How to play Wellerman on Saxophone

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

Also known as "Soon May the Wellerman Come", Wellerman is believed to have been written in 1860s New Zealand. The song describes a whaling ship named The Billy o' Tea and its struggles to bring in a right whale, while the ship's crew long for the arrival of a "wellerman" to resupply them with "sugar and tea and rum". The song has been recorded many times including by the Longest Johns. In 2020, Nathan Evans' version went viral on TikTok, leading to renewed interest in sea shanties. In fact, Wellerman is technically not a sea shanty but a ballad.


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

Saxophone fingering diagram

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