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FAQs - The 10 most important questions about the saxophone

Learn the saxophone as an adult The saxophone sound shaped the music of the 80s like no other instrument and to this day stands for great feelings and passion. Who doesn't have the unmistakable sax sound of world hits Baker street, Careless Whisper, Lilly Was Here, or the caressing tenor sax of Smooth operator in the ear?

Its unmistakable sound is still a symbol of one's own youth and so playing the saxophone is still a long-cherished childhood dream for many adults who are young at heart.

It also stands for smoky blues full of passion, noble energetic funk and soulful pop á la David Sanborn or grover washington.

That makes many hearts beat faster and for this instrument. There are enough reasons to do it now, and we're here to help. Here's how to get started now.

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Is learning the saxophone difficult? – Tips for beginners

Is playing the saxophone difficult? You need 3 things for this: You love the saxophone, bring some stamina and time with you and enjoy playing, trying out and learning

Otherwise you need approach, breathing and finger technique to learn the saxophone. Start small and then go step by step. With the right leadership, it works well, no witchcraft!

A good saxophone teacher can be very helpful, especially at the beginning, because he puts the brakes on incorrect training in the beginning and corrects the correct position of the incisors, lower lip, loose lower jaw and the correct interaction of tongue technique when pushing, embouchure, breathing and the air flow.

This saves you a lot of detours and time and gets you much faster and directly to your goal: namely to play the saxophone great. This is how learning the saxophone is really fun and you will soon be able to play your first songs.


Tip 1: The approach

Correct lip tension and mouth position ensure this. You have to practice the approach a bit and train the facial muscles around the mouth area a little bit, so that you can keep playing longer and longer without tiring the approach. But as soon as you figure out the principle, you can get started.

You train your lip tension particularly well with long tones, the so-called tones-holding.


Tip 2: Breathing

Of course you need a lot of air to play a wind instrument of this size. There are also special breathing techniques and techniques that gradually support breathing, which make playing easier and much less physically demanding. A very good thing and you will notice overall how healthy and correct breathing affects your entire body feeling.

You can also train breathing at the same time as starting with sustained long tones.


Tip 3: The grip and finger technique

In principle, the fingering technique is very similar to that of the recorder - with a little practice you can get your hands on the first fingerings relatively quickly and can get started right away. In order to learn the most important grips and the corresponding notes at the start and to train them in the game, I recommend our Reading Book - Blind Date with notes. The textbook guides you step by step through the forest of grips and notes with great little pieces.

You will get more security and playing practice with our subsequent music book Reading Book Training - Piggyback. It's really getting down to business and you can show what you've got! What you still lack in terms of security when gripping or reading music, the training will give you. This is how learning the saxophone is really fun!

In order to then improve your finger technique and gradually increase your speed, that's what ours are for Simple Scales – Finger Trouble with fun & groove. This sheet music book with playback gets you really fit to then play songs and pieces safely and with the necessary musical experience.

It doesn't matter whether it's blues, jazz, classical or easy to moderately difficult pop songs, the saxophone is a very versatile musical instrument and our saxophone sheet music for lessons with a saxophone teacher or as an autodidact in self-study will help you learn the saxophone. You're on the right track, and most importantly, on the right track.

How much does a saxophone cost and what should I watch out for as a saxophone player?

How much does a saxophone cost? What you should definitely pay attention to when buying or renting a saxophone:

You can either buy a good, sensible beginner's instrument for around €1000 - €1500, depending on whether it's an alto or tenor sax, or it's also very popular and makes sense: simply rent it. Many music stores offer hire purchase for this purpose. You pay a small deposit and a monthly installment (about €35-50) for a rental instrument and can purchase the rented instrument at the end of the rental period, taking into account your monthly installment payment. This has the advantage that you can just try it out and find out whether you like the whole thing and whether it's fun before you buy the pig in a poke.

With a rental period and playing time of 1 or 2 years, you already know very well whether you will stick with it. Then you can purchase the rented beginner's instrument with a small final payment or decide on a higher-quality instrument, to which the rental rates paid so far will usually be credited. All in all, a great thing.

Even if various Internet providers beckon with great prices, buying a saxophone is and remains a matter of trust. It often has to be serviced and overhauled, small repairs or readjustments of flaps and springs are often necessary. It is definitely an advantage to have a shop or instrument maker you trust on hand and maybe even on site or in the next larger city.

I really advise against the cheap instruments from the internet for €200 – €500, mainly made in China. They often look pretty, but that's about it. The quality is usually really insufficient, massively hinders your progress and you quickly reach your limits. But not to yours, but to that of the instrument. And that costs you your valuable time and brings you nothing.

The sound is unstable, squeaky and doesn't get any better with a lot of practice, the mechanics run rough, the fingers stumble and the mood is bad. First the sax and then yours. Despite a lot of effort, practice hours and possibly even money spent on a teacher, the noise just sounds like a sick cat. There is nothing more.

Even if you are on a tight budget, hire purchase is by far the better and cheaper alternative.

The right mouthpiece for beginners

Saxophone mouthpiece I recommend this for beginners and beginners Yamaha 5c mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is a bit wider than the standard 4c mouthpiece that is usually included with the purchase. The 4c ​​standard mouthpiece has a very classic and defined sound, which is also very popular in brass bands. 

With the slightly larger opening of the 5c model, the tone sounds a bit softer and more pleasant and you can control your tone well after a very short time. For blues or jazz, the mouthpiece is a very good entry-level model that you can play for about 2 years, until your approach and your own sound ideas are so stable and mature that you can now start looking for your own sound - and so on to a more individual mouthpiece that comes closest to your sound wishes and supports them. Welcome to the club! 

The design of your personal saxophone sound is definitely an exciting thing and a never-ending story.

Sound and sound on the saxophone

Sound and sound on the saxophone The singing voice is closest to the sound of the saxophone and therefore the great model of the saxophone sound in terms of expressiveness and intensity. The singing voice is extremely variable in its design, from sky-high to deathly sad, and a soulful sung blues by billie holiday is poignant and expressive and just gets under your skin. Just like a soulful blues blown on the horn. The aim is the deep expressiveness of a Billie Holliday. Her fragile voice, as well as her strong emotion and expressiveness, are imitated by blues saxophonists and transferred to the instrument with the appropriate technique.

Other vocal elements such as strength and power, and a straight, direct, energetic beam in the voice can also be found in various sax sounds, depending on the style. In pop and funk fusion one David Sanborn or with the old master and absolute high-energy player Maceo Parker, who in turn was the saxophonist for many years J absorbed its irrepressible energy.

Saxsound can be very diverse and diverse - depending on your own wishes and feelings.

Wow, just great!

The saxophone - a transposing instrument

Saxophone a transposing instrument Saxophones are so-called transposing instruments. They are not tuned in C but in E♭ or B♭.

The alto and baritone saxophones are in Eb tuning, the tenor and soprano saxophones are in Bb tuning. In practice, this means that the notes of one and the same piece for alto saxophone and for tenor saxophone are in different keys and you therefore need 2 different music books. 

Even the nice piano player next door needs his own C part of the same song. So you can't just take the notes off the piano and play the C-notes together with the pianist, because that sounds slightly weird or hyper-modern, because you're then audibly in different keys!

So always make sure that each player has the right notes, and it works!

The saxophone is a woodwind instrument?

woodwind instrument Yes, of course, says the musicologist and a docile sly pub read it that way on Wikipedia. A sax is of course not made of wood, but the tones are produced by a wooden reed. That is why the saxophone is one of the woodwind instruments. Whether sensible or nonsensical - it doesn't matter, because ultimately it's also completely irrelevant for the eager player.

Only one thing is important:
The saxophone is - no matter if it is a woodwind or brass instrument - an incredibly great, if not THE instrument! And that's all that matters.

The right reed for beginners

Reed saxophone You still need the right reed to match your mouthpiece.

As a beginner's blade, I recommend the Vandoren Classic, blade strength 2. It's a good and very reliable all-rounder, doesn't play tricks, does what it's supposed to and is easy to handle.

With a more stable attachment and well-trained attachment muscles, you can then increase the reed thickness after about 12 months to a reed thickness of 2,5. You need a little more musculature, but it also gives the sound more volume and sound stability.

There are many different manufacturers, types and strengths of reeds. A lighter blade requires significantly less muscle power to play than a heavier one. 

A lighter reed is therefore recommended for the beginning, but by no means less than reed strength 2. With reeds of strength 1 or 1 1/2 it plays like a recorder in terms of lightness, but the sound is very unstable and howls uncontrollably and fromund it flies around your ears like a howling siren. It takes immense musculature to keep the tone on track with a reed that is too light and to stabilize its pitch - and it is precisely this musculature that is missing at the beginning. So it is much easier and better with the sheet thickness 2.

When you are a little better trained, you should try heavier reeds, which will also give you a fuller sound.

It should be noted here that the blades from different manufacturers cannot necessarily be compared with one another in terms of their strength. Ultimately, however, each blade is individual, even from one and the same manufacturer of the same thickness. It's normal for you to get along better with one reed than another of the same brand and reed strength. Therefore, always try out at least 3 of the same reeds to choose from, then you have a good chance of landing a good hit and can better determine whether this type of reed suits you in terms of strength and shape or not.

Don't get discouraged if a hand doesn't suit you. Part of it is testing leaves. A hand is often easier to play after you've played it in a bit. It is therefore definitely worthwhile to use a few sheets in rotation in order to always be well equipped and well prepared.

A great method is to easily and specifically correct the reed yourself. This is very easy and works great. Saves a lot of time, money and nerves, because you can always rework a mediocre sheet into a great sheet yourself. There is more about this in our saxophone forum or on our site Recommendations all about sax.

How do you assemble the saxophone?

assemble the saxophone When you take a saxophone out of its case to play it, you have to assemble a few parts. You moisten the wooden blade under the tap or by sucking it off so that it can swing easily. Namely, the entire rough area that can absorb water. Full length on the back.

Then you attach the reed to the mouthpiece with the clamp. Make sure it is placed straight and the tip of the reed is even with the length of the mouthpiece. You put the mouthpiece back and forth on the cork end of the bow with a slight twisting motion. Now you put the bow on the larger lower part with keys and funnel and screw it tight.

So that you don't have to hold the saxophone, it is hung with a strap. There are different constructions for this. Some just go around the neck. Others are more like a harness and are more back-friendly for longer periods of play.

You can hang the saxophone on a ring on the instrument and attach it securely to you. Your hands are only responsible for playing. You don't have to hold the saxophone as well.

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