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Hello saxophone - the easy starter's guide to the saxophone:

Get the exact practical information you need in the straightforward way you want! Before you know it you'll be playing the songs you love. Regardless of what style of music you wish to play.

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Learn all the major and minor scales on the saxophone by buying the saxophone scale book guid to the saxophone

The Scale book:

Learning all 12 major and minor scales couldn't be easier! With this amazing tool you'll be able to practise and play in every key right away.

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Tone center builder - A video set especifically for those who wish to cultivate a rich, beautiful and BIG sound on the axophone. In 15 easy, daily steps I detail the mindsets and practises needed to find your personal "tone center" and build your sound up as big and beatiful as it can be.

Tone Center Builder - Cultivate a profesional saxophone sound in 15 easy daily steps

A video set especifically for those who wish to cultivate a rich, beautiful and BIG sound on the axophone. In 15 easy, daily steps I detail the mindsets and practises needed to find your personal "tone center" and build your sound up as big and beatiful as it can be.

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Full song workshop - Learn the 9 steps to professional improvisations on the saxophone!

Having interviewed and played with some of the best players out there. I've come to realise that there are really 9 key steps to improvising. Ech player may have his/her own variation on them, but they all use the same core steps. And once you know and apply these steps, you will see you improvisations take a major leap forward!

Learn the 9 steps to professional improvisations on the saxophone!

Having interviewed and played with some of the best players out there. I've come to realise that there are really 9 key steps to improvising. Ech player may have his/her own variation on them, but they all use the same core steps. And once you know and apply these steps, you will see you improvisations take a major leap forward!

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Inside the saxophone - Inside the saxophone - Understanding the mechanics of the sax + doing basic saxophone repair yourself!

Small defects on you sax can be a major downer to your progress. Learn how to locate problems quickly, fix them yourself or (if needed) work effectievely with your rapair man!

Inside the saxophone - Understanding the mechanics of the sax + doing basic saxophone repair yourself!

Small defects on you sax can be a major downer to your progress. Learn how to locate problems quickly, fix them yourself or (if needed) work effectievely with your rapair man!

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Six full length programs - over 40 video lessons - Every exercise you need to progress from: your very first note, to playing professional level saxophone solo's over any tune you want!

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This article tells you what you need to know to get started – fingering a few notes, making a sound and playing your first tune.

It seems like a lot of people from all walks of life are thinking about learning to play the saxophone, and it’s now easier than ever due to the proliferation of reasonable quality and very inexpensive saxophones from the far east (see our buying advice). However once you have one of these, the easiest part is over, though you may not think so given the multitude of confusing choices and conflicting information you were given while trying to choose what saxophone to buy. Assuming you made a good choice and what you bought was actually a fully working saxophone, rather than one of the many “saxophone shaped objects” out there on Ebay, then your first instinct will probably be to put it in your mouth and blow. This is possibly the first hurdle to get over, but strictly speaking the order of events is to first assemble the saxophone, then put it in your mouth and blow, although some people might argue that before doing that you should get a good teacher, lest you fall into bad habits. Yeah right, as if you’re going to sit there looking at your new baby while you wait two weeks for your first saxophone lesson, so I shall tell you how to put the pieces together in a way that might result in you learning at least how to make a sound. First of all though let’s look at another important aspect of owning a musical instrument:

If you bought your horn from a dealer, he/she was probably making very little profit from the sale due to the competitive nature of the musical instrument business these days,however, there’s a very good chance you were conned into buying, persuaded to also buy a stand, gigbag, swab, strap, mute, padsaver, reedclipper, polish, gigdust, tuner, music stand, leaklight, key clamps, repair kit, case deodorizer, demoisturizer, cufflinks and Kenny G tee shirt. Well some of these are useful, some are not. I won’t go into great detail here as I shall be writing another page on accessories, but the priorities are:

    a Assuming you have your first lesson all booked up, it won’t do any harm to have a few quick blows on you saxophone, but it does help to know how to assemble it before playing. Hopefully the saxophone came with all it’s parts. These are:

    The main body
    The neck (on some sopranos this is already joined on to the body)
    Mouthpiece
    Reed
    Ligature (the gizmo that clamps the reed onto the mouthpiece)

The first thing to be aware of is that some of the keywork (rods, keys etc.) can get bent. Normal light pressure is fine, but if you have to force anything then this is when things could get bent out of whack. During any of the assembly, if you are in doubt, wait until you are with the teacher,

    Grasp the middle of the body firmly with one hand (I suggest your right hand if you are right handed, left if you are left handed)
    Make sure that the screw at the top has been loosened to allow the neck tenon to fit into the top of the body. Note that there are usually two screws at the top. One of them has a square hole next to it which is used to hold a lyre (marching band music stand). You need the other screw
    Holding the neck in your other hand, slide it down into the body. A slight twisting motion might help. If this is very stiff you could try a small blob of oil or cork grease, but if it really does not want to go in, don’t force it – take the saxophone back to the shop or to a good repairer.
    Check that the loop of the (octave) key mechanism on the neck fits over the extending octave pin at the top of the body. These should end up being very close but not quite touching. The middle of the back of the neck should be lined up with the extending pin.
    Rest the saxophone down in its case or on a stand
    Pick up the mouthpiece and loosen the ligature
    Wet a reed in your mouth, being very careful not to chip the very delicate thin end
    Place the reed on the flat table of the mouthpiece with the curved end (the thin delicate bit) so that it lines up exactly with the curved tip of the mouthpiece
    Slide the ligature over the reed, being very careful again not to damage the tip, until it is approximately halfway between the end of the shaved part of the reed and the bottom (straight thick) end
    Tighten the ligature screws so that it is just tight enough to hold the reed so that it cannot slip around
    Push the mouthpiece onto the cork at the end of the saxophone neck, being careful not to catch the tip of the reed on anything. You may use a twisting motion to help get the mouthpiece firmly on the neck. How far you push the mouthpiece on depends on the tuning of the saxophone, so for now don’t worry, just make sure it is covering more than half of the cork and is a firm fit.

The saxophone is now ready to play
Finally attempting to play the saxophone firm case (not a soft gigbag)
    a good solid stand
    a neckstrap
    cork grease
    a swab (or pullthrough) to clean the inside

Forget polish, pad treatment and most of the other stuff for now until you actually know whether you need it and can tell what is a good useful product and what is just snake oil. I almost forgot (in my modesty), to include the saxophone instruction DVD. I just happen to have been fortunate enough to be asked to make a few years ago. Some retailers in the UK include this when you but a new saxophone. You can, of course, buy it from this site.
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The differences between Alto and tenor saxophone - Having trouble chosing between the Alto and Tenor? In this video I explain what the major differences are between these two most populair saxophone models.

The differences between the Alto and Tenor saxophone explained:

Having trouble chosing between the Alto and Tenor? In this video I explain what the major differences are between these two most populair saxophone models.

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How to growl on the saxophone - How to finger all the notes on the saxophone (chromatic scale):

Learn how to play every note on the saxophone from bottom to top and vica-versa. And how to move your hands to go from one note to the next.

How to finger all the notes on the saxophone (chromatic scale):

Learn how to play every note on the saxophone from bottom to top and vica-versa. And how to move your hands to go from one note to the next.

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Bb saxophone fingering explained When to use which Bb fingering?

Some notes on the saxophone can be played in many different ways. The Bb is probably the one note ,with various fingering options, you'll use the most. Here is how to chose which fingering to use:

When to use which Bb fingering?

Some notes on the saxophone can be played in many different ways. The Bb is probably the one note ,with various fingering options, you'll use the most. Here is how to chose which fingering to use:

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How hard is it to play the saxophone How hard is it to play the saxophone?

Since I seem to get this question a lot, I made a special video giving my insights into exactly how hard/easy it is to learn to play the saxophone:

How hard is it to play the saxophone?

Since I seem to get this question a lot, I made a special video giving my insights into exactly how hard/easy it is to learn to play the saxophone:

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How hard is it to play the saxophone - Learn to play Worksong (A song and a Lick episode)

In this video I explain how you can play Worksong (by Nat Adderley) on the alto and tenor saxophone step by step. Clear fingercharts are included in the video so you can play along easily.

Learn to play Worksong (A song and a Lick episode)

In this video I explain how you can play Worksong (by Nat Adderley) on the alto and tenor saxophone step by step. Clear fingercharts are included in the video so you can play along easily.

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Learning with Hello saxophone you will quickly learn to play the saxophone:

# How to assemble your saxophone Learn to play the saxophone # How to tune your saxophone and mouthpiece perfectly. # How to hold and play your saxophone comfortably. # How to cultivate an excellent embouchure. # How to shave at least half the time off your learning curve by making sure you have the right tools! n # How to build a strong breath support. (How to gain the needed air power quickly). # How to cultivate and sustain a solid and brilliant tone. # How to finger and play every note on the saxophone. # How to gain finger fluency and speed quickly. # How to learn any melody by ear. # How to make your very high and very low notes sound brilliant. # How to recognise all intervals with your ears (The interval secret). # The basics of improvisation. # How to develop a personal sound on the saxophone over time. # You will learn to play famous songs like: Mercy Mercy Mercy, Saint Thomas,The Mo better blues and others. # You will learn the basics of music reading and writing (Everything you need to play in a band). # You will learn the basics of music theory (Everything you need to be able to improvise). # You will comfortably avoid the many pitfalls and mistakes that can make learning to play the saxophone very time-consuming and frustrating.

In edition to all the above Hello Saxophone also includes a large set of unique: finger charts, in-depth diagrams and video lessons designed to help you understand the saxophone quickly and thoroughly: Learn to play the saxophone 1: The basic notes chart: The correct finger positions for every note on the saxophone in Florian's exclusive, easy to use visual format for learning to play the saxophone. 2: Ligature overview:Showing you every important detail about configuring your mouthpiece perfectly to learn to play the saxophone. 3: Counting diagrams: These special cards will help you get familiar with tempo in music, helping you develop the ability to play with others in a band and learn to play the saxophone. 4: The saxophone piano: All the notes on the saxophone laid out side by side like on a piano. It's the ultimate chart for those who want to understand the saxophone deeply in order to start improvising. Great to put up on your your wall for a while as a reference while you're learning to play the saxophone 5: Alto to Tenor transposing chart: Translate any piece of music from alto to tenor or vice versa for learning to play the saxophone. 6: Altissimo chart: A special finger chart displaying how to play the most difficult notes on the instrument. 7: In-dept video instructions on all the key pieces of knowledge and skills you need to learn to play the saxophone. + Our team supports all our students via email. If you have any questions, you can simply email us and you'll usualy get an in-depth answer back within 24 hours! + No waiting for the mailman! You will download the complete set directly to your computer and start playing right away! + You'll get access to our monthly PREMIUM newsletter containing interviews with great players from around the world + Free video masterclasses and articles containing the best tips and tricks for playing the saxophone!. + All the included books and extra materials are printable from both PC & Mac or can be read on your I-pad or E-reader device (You can download as: PDF, E-pub or both). All included videos can be watched streaming from the members page or you can download them to your own device. Learn to play the saxophone TOPIC: Can I Learn to play the saxophone? ANSWER: This is a question I’m often asked. The answer is that unless you have a physical impairment that prevents you from playing the instrument, yes you can learn to play the saxophone. The level of proficiency you attain however, depends on a couple of things. Ultimately, your determination, the amount of time invested, and the amount of natural ability you posess work together to determine your success. Learning to play the saxophone, especially jazz saxophone, is an adventure that you can enjoy the rest of your life. One of the greatest joys of this experience is knowing that you can learn more about the instrument, the music, and yourself, everyday that you practice. TOPIC: Alto or Tenor? ANSWER: Once you’ve decided to play the saxophone, you are faced with the task of selecting an instrument. There are several important factors that you will need to consider. Determine first whether you would like to begin with alto or tenor (beginners should avoid soprano). I recommend that most kids begin with alto because it’s the smaller of the two. If you are an adult, you might wish to take into consideration that the tenor is larger, and somewhat heavier on the neck. It is, however, manageable by most healthy adults with no back problems. There are also special harness straps that distribute the weight more evenly on the back. If you are not certain of the differences between alto and tenor, visit a music store that sells band instruments, and ask to see both. You might also wish to listen to players of both tenor and alto to see if your ear prefers one or the other. If you are still not certain as to whether you prefer alto or tenor, my recommendation would be to begin with alto. All the notes and reading that you learn on alto can be easily transferred to tenor should you decide to make the change. TOPIC: Should I rent or purchase a saxophone? How about a used sax? ANSWER: Most reputable band instrument stores have rental programs. I like this option, because it (hopefully) insures that you will obtain an instrument in good working condition. It’s also helpful if the store has a repair shop where the instrument can be play tested to insure everything is ready to go. I have seen brand new saxes come out of the box needing adjustment, so don’t be afraid to ask the staff to check the instrument and even play test it for you. If you are looking to save a buck and purchase a used instrument, be cautious. An instrument may look beautiful and still need $300 or more in repairs to get it playable. If you purchase online, make sure there is a money-back guarantee, and that you have someone that can check the instrument for you once it arrives. Avoid discount store off-brand instruments. The trouble with these instruments is that you may have difficulty finding a repairman to work on them a year or sooner down the road when they need adjustment. If in doubt as to a brand to choose, contact your local band instrument repair shop and ask for advice. Some of the more popular and reputable brands of saxophone include Selmer, Yamaha, Conn, Guardala, and Keilworth. There are quite a few other worthy brands. TOPIC: What are the necessary accessories? ANSWER: As with any new hobby, there are a lot of available accessories, some necessary, some not. Accessories often add to the experience and complete the feeling of being prepared to undertake the task. Below is a list of items you will need. Reeds- Extra reeds are an absolute necessity. If you are renting or have purchased a new saxophone, chances are that it came with one number 2 reed. You should purchase a pack of five to ten number 2.5 reeds. There is no real advantage to purchasing high quality reeds at this point, so just get the plain Rico brand reeds. Reed Holder- A red holder designed to store 2-4 reeds is good to have. Cork Grease- If you are renting or have purchased a new instrument, chances are that it has a tube of cork grease in the case. If not, it’s cheap, so purchase a tube. Tuner- For anyone learning to play the saxophone using online or self-instruction, a chromatic tuner is essential. Metronome- A metronome is a helpful, and highly recommended practice aid. Be certain to get one that has a loud click, so you can hear it while practicing. Music Stand - A music stand is essential for holding the music in a position that allows you to sit or stand comfortably while practicing. Cleaning kit- Most music stores offer cleaning kits. Many of these kits contain items that you may not need, so you might do better purchasing things separately.The necessities include a mouthpiece brush, neck cleaner, and a body cleaner. The neck and body cleaners are usually just pieces of fabric tied to a string with a weight on the opposite end, and are used for drying the inside of the instrument after practicing. Another type of body cleaner is a long bushy plume that is inserted and removed from the body of the instrument after practicing. Necessary accessories If you bought your horn from a dealer, he/she was probably making very little profit from the sale due to the competitive nature of the musical instrument business these days,however, there’s a very good chance you were conned into buying, persuaded to also buy a stand, gigbag, swab, strap, mute, padsaver, reedclipper, polish, gigdust, tuner, music stand, leaklight, key clamps, repair kit, case deodorizer, demoisturizer, cufflinks and Kenny G tee shirt. Well some of these are useful, some are not. I won’t go into great detail here as I shall be writing another page on accessories, but the priorities are: a firm case (not a soft gigbag) a good solid stand a neckstrap cork grease a swab (or pullthrough) to clean the inside Forget polish, pad treatment and most of the other stuff for now until you actually know whether you need it and can tell what is a good useful product and what is just snake oil. I almost forgot (in my modesty), to include the saxophone instruction DVD. I just happen to have been fortunate enough to be asked to make a few years ago. Some retailers in the UK include this when you but a new saxophone. You can, of course, buy it from this site. OK, I’ve begged, borrowed or stolen one, how do I learn to play saxophone? This article tells you what you need to know to get started – fingering a few notes, making a sound and playing your first tune. It seems like a lot of people from all walks of life are thinking about learning to play the saxophone, and it’s now easier than ever due to the proliferation of reasonable quality and very inexpensive saxophones from the far east (see our buying advice). However once you have one of these, the easiest part is over, though you may not think so given the multitude of confusing choices and conflicting information you were given while trying to choose what saxophone to buy. Assuming you made a good choice and what you bought was actually a fully working saxophone, rather than one of the many “saxophone shaped objects” out there on Ebay, then your first instinct will probably be to put it in your mouth and blow. This is possibly the first hurdle to get over, but strictly speaking the order of events is to first assemble the saxophone, then put it in your mouth and blow, although some people might argue that before doing that you should get a good teacher, lest you fall into bad habits. Yeah right, as if you’re going to sit there looking at your new baby while you wait two weeks for your first saxophone lesson, so I shall tell you how to put the pieces together in a way that might result in you learning at least how to make a sound. First of all though let’s look at another important aspect of owning a musical instrument: