- 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.
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
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
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‘HOW DO I SLAP-TONGUE? Swipe —> for each point. . . . Here is my tutorial video on slap-tonguing. I’ve broken it down into 3 main ways to practice in order to become good at this technique.🎷 . . . 1) REVERSE IT . 2) AIR SUPPORT . 3) PRACTICE WITHOUT SAX . . . Let me know how you get on! I’m not saying that this is the only way to learn, but it’s the way I enjoy breaking it down & it might resonate with some of you. Hope that helps!🎷 . #lockthesaxdown
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.
Low Bb/B Speed Trick by Derek | Sax Spy