About this course
This is a course for anyone to use to learn the basics of how to start playing the saxophone. It assumes you know nothing about the saxophone and goes from there thru to playing basic songs on the sax.
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If you don't already have a saxophone, you'll want to take a minute and go through this video quickly about recommendations as to what saxophone to start with.
Properly setting up the mouthpiece, the ligature and the reed is essential to getting a good sound. Learn how with this lesson.
You need to understand how the mouthpiece works on the neck and how to set it up properly.
This is a quick lesson about something that will make your life a little easier every day, and possibly save you a lot of grief if things go wrong.
The basics of how to hold the sax and where the fingers go, and on which keys.
It's important to know how to set the neckstrap to the right length so that you have the best geometry between your mouth, your neck and arms and the saxophone. This lesson gives you the scoop.
We've put the parts together, adjusted our mouth and the neckstrap. Now, in this lesson, we start to make sounds and notes on the instrument.
Now that you're playing notes, taking another look at mouthpiece position and embouchure will help you to get a good sound.
Working down the notes on the saxophone, starting at the top of the instrument and working toward the bottom. Learning some notes in our first scale.
The importance of proper tonguing technique and how it helps you start your notes well (especially helpful for your lower notes).
What are all those other buttons and keys for? A look at the pinky finger keys on both hands.
Moving up to the second octave on the sax (so we can play a full scale up and down the sax).
TENOR version: now that we've learned the scale up and down a couple octaves, we are ready to play a few songs on our sax.
ALTO version: now that we've learned the scale up and down a couple octaves, we are ready to play a few songs on our sax.
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