The saxophone is a versatile instrument that allows you to traverse various styles, such as blues and classical music. To learn how to play the sax, you must first know how to position your body and hands. When you get the positioning down, you can play the fundamental tones. You can also memorize the scales to develop your skills. Here is a rundown of how to play saxophone.
Have quality equipment
When learning how to play the saxophone, acquiring quality equipment will make a big difference. Professionals will advise you to keep off value brands and not worry about the instrument’s initial cost. But if you do, you can purchase a quality second-hand instrument.
Get into position
The first thing you should do when you want to learn sax is getting into a great sitting position. Sit on a chair with a back as it allows you to stamp your feet on the floor. Lean on the right side of your seat. Your right leg should hang over the edge. The position frees up the right side of your body, allowing you to hold the instrument.
Acquire a good posture
The posture begins on the floor. You should acquire a great posture as it is necessary for proper breathing, which is suitable for playing the saxophone. A good posture also provides you with maximum comfort and allows you to relax your upper body as you learn sax. You can lean to the front of your seat and keep your head up. Try not to hunch your shoulders or stiffen the neck.
Position the saxophone
Once you have acquired a good posture, pick up your instrument and pull the strap over your head. At this point, you can adjust the length and then put the instrument on your lap.
Use your hands to make ‘C’
Put your working fingers together to form ‘C’ then wrap your hands around your saxophone’s neck. You should also cover the base of the instrument.
Achieve good thumb position
Put the right thumb under the hook of your saxophone. Mount your ring finger on the pearls. The right thumb should not bear the weight of your saxophone as that is the neck strap’s job. With the instrument resting on your lap, put your thumb below the thumb rest.
Position the saxophone
Position your thumbs on the thumb rest of your saxophone then hold it firmly against your leg. Put the curved part of the saxophone on your leg.
Position your mouth
The mouthpiece of your saxophone is the most important piece of the set up. Find the right contact point of your mouth and the saxophone by bringing the mouthpiece to your lips. Adjust the neck strap so that the mouthpiece reaches your lips.
Play your saxophone
With the right body and mouth positioning you can now blow air into the saxophone’s mouthpiece. Create clear sound. It should also be consistent.
Enroll for saxophone lessons
Practice how to play the saxophone by spending more quality time on it. You can also take saxophone lessons to improve your skills.
Music is a window to the soul. Musical instruments evoke emotions. The saxophone is a unique musical instrument used by people in marching bands and jazz assembly. As long as it is in excellent working condition, you will be fine.