Learn to play saxophone. Welcome to the first step of your adventure in how to play the saxophone.
First things first. These may be saxophone lessons but they are not regimented. This is purely about getting you to play your first few notes on the saxophone
Take your time when you learn how to play the sax. It's not a race and there's no prizes for first one finished.
I hope, prior to, this you will have read the page on embouchre and hopefully the page on breathing. No? Well there's no surprise there then. I suggest you at least read the page on embouchre as it's crucial to making your first sounds
It will be pretty difficult to follow these saxophone lessons if you are not making any sound
Starting right at the beginning of learning how to play the saxophone.
The first note we are going to learn is B.
B is written in musical notation as the image below shows. A blob on the middle of five lines.
So how do we play it? Ok, sax at the ready, left hand at the top, right at the bottom.
Take the index finger of your left hand and place it on the second key down of the top row of keys as the image shows below
Heres how it would look on a fingering chart.
Now all you have to do is form your embouchre around the mouthpiece, touch the tip of the reed with the tip of your tongue, put some pressure in your mouth, now remove the tip of your tongue from the reed and blow. Well that was remarkably easy wasn't it? No? No sound? Horrible squeak? Bit of a honk?
Well there is a bit more to learn to play saxophone than just picking it up and blowing
Congratulations and welcome to the world of how to play the saxophone.
All of the above are acceptable for your first attempt when you learn to play saxophone. We've all done it and some of us continue to do it.
If you got a honk you may want to adjust either your embouchre or the amount of air pressure you are blowing over the reed
If you got a squeak then check that the reed is set correctly on the mouthpiece or lower the air pressure again
If no sound came out we have options as follows.
Now you are probably thinking which of the above options do I choose in these saxophone lessons. Well, the point is, anyone can tell you how the make the sound but only you can make it. To learn to play saxophone takes a little bit of determination.
You now have to sit down for a while trying the different options until you get the desired sound.
Here are some other options you may want to try if your journey into how to play the sax is not going as well as you'd hoped
To progress when you learn to play the saxophone you are going to have to try all of the above to determine what works best for you. Your set up is specific to you and no one else.
It's journey every saxophone player will make. Even the professionals are always looking for new options and set ups if they feel unhappy with their current sound. The difference with the pros though is that they will generally look to change the reed, ligature, mouthpiece, neck or the entire sax
Just who is the greatest? Is your favourite on there? If not let us know and we will add them
Take a look at our embouchre guide to see if it can help.
From smooth jazz to a little bit of scar there should be something to suit your taste.
Taking the time to learn scales will improve your sound
Take a bit of time out choose a cd and listen to your favourite players
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