Once you’ve bought, borrowed or stolen your first saxophone, the easy part is done! And now the true saxophone journey begins. From exploring the music of it’s hero’s, assembling your horn, to learning all the key fingerings on the saxophone and how to transition from one note to the next. You will find learning to play the saxophone can be one of the most rewarding and fun hobbies (or even occupations) you’ve ever discovered.
Off-course with all glory comes challenge and strife, and learning to play the saxophone is no different. The sax in particular has a reputation for being one of the hardest, toughest instruments to master (along side the trumpet and violin) ,but is that really true?
Watch the video below to get a feel for what you can expect when learning to play the sacophone and how hard/easy exactly you can expect it to really be:
So, hopefully you now have some idea of how much effort it will take to learn to play the saxophone, and more accurately, where most of your effort should be aimed. But first things first:
Step one is putting the instrument together and getting your very first sound out of the saxophone. Playing your first note on the saxophone or How to blow the saxophone is real skill. Much of you overall sound is made with the lips and your technique at blowing. So take the time to do this right! Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know to play your first note on the saxophone:
Now that you know exactly how to setup you horn, mouthpiece and you have a first grasp of embouchure (by the way you can dive much deeper into al this in our full course) the next step in learning to play the saxophone, is to learn how to finger every note on the instrument, from the lowest to the highest notes, and how to slide/go from playing one note, smoothly to the next one. We call this skill, playing the chromatic scale on the saxophone. “Chromatic” is a way of saying (using all the colors)/ The chromatic scale on the saxophone which doesn’t skip a single note. Use the video below to learn exactly how to play the chromatic scale on the saxophone:
Once you have the Chromatic scale on the saxophone in your fingers, you will be well on your way to learning to play the saxophone. You now know everything you need to know, to get to level 2, playing songs on the saxophone!
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