Studying to play saxophone at first can be a little daunting until you start to get the sound out of the instrument. It’s recommended to start with an alto saxophone that you know for sure is in good condition. Why is it so highly recommended? – Because the soprano is more difficult to start with, it is difficult to find the perfect pitch and it requires more pressure in the mouth and in the case of the tenor, it needs more air. It is also heavier than the alto saxophone.
The most important thing is to never get frustrated. You must be patient with yourself. For some people it’s easier at the beginning, others not, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot learn how to play anyway.
At first, it is normal to get tired easily so you are supposed to study in intervals. Perhaps you should play for 15 minutes and then rest for the next 15 minutes. It’s recommended to use this way of practicing until you develop the muscles of your mouth and the diaphragm.
Here we are some tips for beginners:
For saxophone, the breath is used between diaphragmatic and intercostals, very similar to the technique used by singers.
One of the exercises that can be done to locate diaphragmatic breathing is to lie on your back by placing a heavy book on our abdomen, that way you will inhale through the nose inflating the belly and exhale deflating, trying to get the air does not go into the chest area.
We must match the upper jaw with the lower teeth and support the nozzle and holster lower teeth with teeth lip so that we do not touch the cane at all.
You will not exert force from the bottom up but from the sides by putting the mouth as if you are making the letter “U”.
The left-hand goes up and right down placing fingers close to the nacre, the height of the saxophone should be enough so you do not feel that is upon you or that you have to look around for it. It should be placed the way so you could comfortably put it into straight into your mouth and take the distance from it easily too.
Try blowing without inflating the cheeks or air through the sides, think that the air is directed between your two front teeth, like a laser beam trying to get an even sound in all registers. Start with the longest long notes, until you stay without fresh air because that’s when the diaphragm is fully exercised.
Hands should be relaxed, the part of the finger that will support the saxophone is just where your fingerprints are, start only by pressing the index of the left hand finger and going down in the middle finger in order and cancel and then you should add the right-hand finger index, middle and ring but in each of the positions you are blowing up, running out of air and only then you should switch the positions. There will come the time when you are going to use this technique faster and the little fingers too.