Learning how to play saxophone

Learning how to play saxophone

The most common saxophones for beginners are the B-flat and the E-flat ones. While learning how to play the saxophone you should start practicing on one of these two types. The E-flat alto saxophone is lighter and smaller in size, and thus it is often favored by students because it is portable and convenient to use.

While beginners might think that learning to play is extremely difficult, advanced and professional sax players will tell you that once you conquer your first fears regarding your sax music, things will start to develop in a positive manner.

Step by step tips on how to play the saxophone

There are a few basic steps that you have to take in order to successfully play saxophone music. Begin by rolling your lower lip and place about half of the mouthpiece in your mouth. In this position, the upper set of teeth should touch the end of the mouthpiece. Seal your lips around the mouthpiece so that there are no openings left. While keeping your thumb off the octave, press the first key on the saxophone with your left hand.

Apply gradual pressure on the reed while blowing a constant stream of air in the saxophone, through the mouthpiece. The vibration of the reed generates sound, and from here you can start controlling it to create music. Maintain steady pressure with your diaphragm and embouchure until you manage to emit a long tone that has a constant pitch. After touching the reed with your tongue, pull the tongue back while releasing air. From here you can experiment and produce tones and, ultimately, you might just learn to play like a pro.

Go here to learn how to play the saxophone. These lessons are suitable for both beginner and intermediate players.

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