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How to Play the Saxophone - Free Lessons and Video Instruction


Beginning Topics:

  • Putting together the sax, reed, mouthpiece, etc.
  • How to swab and clean your saxophone
  • Adjusting the sax & neck strap for comfort & control
  • Suction test of reed & mouthpiece 
  • Making your first sounds
  • Mouth shape (embouchure)
  • Tongue & articulation technique
  • Power breathing (diaphragm breathing)

Intermediate & Advanced Topics:

Pitch Bend and Vibrato
Rulon Brown shares his “Wah Wah” sax exercise to improve tone, flexibility, vibrato, scoops, bends, falls and more.


A Beginner's Guide to Tone Production

Download this PDF on Tone Production.

Check out this video from Key Leaves Artist Alexia Perez on a beginner's approach to Tone Production.



Dr. Wally describes the three functions of the saxophone embouchure!



Download this great Altissimo Fingering chart for saxophone

Then watch these two Lessons about how to play saxophone altissimo, by Key Leaves Artist Emma McPhilemy

Lesson #1

Lesson #2 


Marc Russo is AWESOME and definitely one of our favorite sax heroes.  Check out what Marc has to say about overtones, altissimo, growling and more.


Slap Tongue - How to play slap tonguing on the saxophone

Derek Brown is a world leader in the advanced technique of slap tonguing and his youtube channel this and other great tutorials. 

How to Slap Tongue on Sax - Taught by Emma McPhilemy


Harvey Pittel about the saxophone teachings of Joe Allard. Allard deeply inspired many sax players and we think every serious student should at least be familiar with the Joe Allard approach to the saxophone.


Mouthpiece Pitch Exercises with Key Leaves Artist Jerome Laran


Navigating Large Intervals with Key Leaves Artist Jeffrey Leung 




Low Bb/B Speed Trick by Derek | Sax Spy