How to Play the Saxophone
- Written by Saxophone Teacher
How to play the saxophone
So you decided that you want to play Sax!
Let us explain a few things first!
Tenor or Alto
The first step is deciding which Saxophone to play . (Alto, Tenor, sopran...). Usually for young beginners alto is the most common saxophone to start with, since its lighter then the other types.
And for young people it might be easier to blow all the air into the alto saxophone. Then later when u practiced enough you can switch to Tenor sax which is a bit heavier and has a different sound. Tenor Sax is more popular on jazz music.
Old Vs New
The next step is buying the saxophone. If buying is an issue for you , some local music store offer to rent a saxophone so that way you can rent it and try it , and if for some reason you dont lke it you can return it. If you decied to buy I would suggest to buy a mid ranged saxophone, not to cheap and not too expensive like selmer.
After u got the saxophone with all the relevant parts you can start trying make a sound just with the horn itself. Check lesson 3 on how to start making sound. Once you can make a sound with no problem , the next step is try to make a sound with the saxophone connected all together.
What do i do with all these keys?
Ok so you can make sounds with no problem. Next check the fingering chart and start memorizing the different notes and how they are mapped to each key. It can take you several days until you get the idea of it.
Finally once ur ready start playing basic notes. You can find basic lessons on our lesson page.
Our lessons combines unique features such as visual note playng with live marker assistance that tells you on which note you are currently playing.
Continue with the practice and then start playing some basic music and basic songs. Just remember it might be bit hard on the start , but once you get the idea and start playing saxophone, there's no turning back!