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How hard is it to learn to play the saxophone?

If you are thinking about learning to play the saxophone, of-course it is good to consider for a minute: What is it going to take? How long will it take me to get good enough to play for/with others?

In the video above I discuss the topic in depth but let me also add some writing to it.

Asking yourself :"how hard is it to learn to play the saxophone?" the first thing to realise is that this is always relative and will be vastly different from person to person. So the best place to start, is taking a good hard look at yourself :)

Are you a do-er? are you the type of person that can commit to something for a longer time and stay focussed?

If yes, than you can learn to play the sax pretty fast, (And at least 3 times faster with Hello Saxophone, than with any other guide).

Compared to other instruments like the: piano, violin, trumpet, guitar etc the saxophone is generally considered to be one of the harder instruments to master. It is good however to make a disticntion here. You see mastering the fingering on the saxophone is actually quite easy compared to most instruments. Even a very easy instrument like the guitar is actually harder to master all the notes on than on the saxophone. This is because the sax is, what you might call, a one note instrument. It only plays one note at a time unlike a piano or guitar that can also play lot's of notes samultaniously. So the fingering part of learning to play the saxophone is actually quite easy compared to most other instruments.

However the saxophone is a woodwind instrument meaning all the sound is generated by you blowing into the horn, making a wooden reed vibrate to generate the sound. Developing a nice big, full sounding, in-tune sound on any woodwind instrument takes A LOT of effort and skill. To control your sound well asks a lot of you fine motor skills in your cheeks and lips and these muscles need to become strong in places where they are naturally not. In other words: A piano or guitar always sounds in tune (if it is tuned right) no matter who plays it, but a saxophone sounds only as good as the player can control his/her sound. Building that control is where 60% of the effort of learning to play te saxophone is spent. With good coaching and the right key exercisses you can speed up this process a lot, but you can't cheat on this.

So how fast can you learn to play a song on the sax? In about 20 minutes for most people. But how long untill you can play a song in a way (with a sound) where people listen to you and go...Wow..that sounds sweet!...etc? With good practise and the right key exercises I would say it's possible to get there in about 1 year.

The best resources to really speed up you proces on the saxophone? Get started using the Hello saxphone guide and follow up guide (unleashing the dragon). After start with Tone Centre Builder and follow with Full song workshop program. If you follow those steps and practice about an hour a day for a year with those exercises, you are pretty much asured to be playing WAY better (than you would have expected yourself to get) after one year of playing :)




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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:

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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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The Scale book:

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Tone Center Builder - Cultivate a beautiful and big 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 program - The advanced improvisation video course

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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