A Musicians Guide to Learning the Saxophone

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The saxophone is a fantastic instrument, capable of high and low pitches, rough and smooth tones, and can be played across multiple genres. Although it is challenging to get to grips with at first, the saxophone is one of the most rewarding instruments to play if you stick with it. Learning the saxophone is not as daunting of a task as one may think, and there are many tools to help you learn.

How long does it take to learn the saxophone?

Like any other, the sax is a challenging instrument that requires a lot of practice to master this unique sound. You will have to dedicate a lot of time and practice. It can take anywhere from six months to one year of regular practice to become competent and able to comfortably play scales and fairly simple melodies. Luckily there are many great resources online that allow you to pick up the instrument as quickly as possible, meaning that you don’t have to wait for a weekly lesson. I have a range of courses that are available on my website which allow you to gain a wide variety of saxophone techniques, for a fraction of the price of an in-person tutor. Start with your foundations and beginner saxophone courses, which lead to my Baker Street tutorials!

Musicians tips to learning the saxophone:

Start slowly and ease yourself in

It’s best to start with the basics and gradually learn more complex techniques. When you first get your saxophone, you’ll wish you were able to pick it up and immediately play catchy melodies, but remember that it takes time, so be patient with yourself!

Practice small amounts regularly

It is better to practice for 10-20 minutes every day than it is to practice ones a week for an hour. So try your best to fit in small bits of practice whenever you can, and whenever you have the motivation and desire to do so. Practice what you’re playing slowly and begin to build up from there once you are comfortable. This will allow you to develop muscle memory and dexterity in your fingers with the saxophone, and before you know it, it will be second nature.

Play the songs that you like

Learning how to play songs you already love is one of the best parts about saxophone practice. You can use this time not only to develop your skills, but also to get even more into your favourite music. It is a satisfying feeling to hear one of your favourite songs from a beautiful sounding instrument, especially when you are the one that is playing the song. However, it is important to practice technical elements in order to progress. Start each practice session by practicing your scales and holding long notes, before moving on to the things that you enjoy playing. A lot of people tend to ignore working on their technique, as it can be challenging and repetitive at times, but this is a crucial part of learning the saxophone.

Make sure to enjoy playing the saxophone

This is the most important tip that I can give you! If it feels like a burden to play the saxophone, then it will be difficult to practice and master the instrument, so make sure to do what you enjoy and progress over time. If you’re looking for tips on how to learn the saxophone head over to my YouTube for saxophone tutorials. View my saxophone courses, sign up to a 1 2 1 Masterclass or get in contact with me.