The alto saxophone can be used as an acoustic instrument.Classic orchestral music, blues, rock and roll, and smooth jazz are some of the styles it allows you to explore.Proper positioning for your body, hands, and mouth is required to get started.Move on to playing the basic notes once you’ve got the positioning down.memorize the major and minor scales after you get used to them.
Step 1: You can learn to play in a sitting position.
You can plant your feet on the floor with a straight back chair.Put your right leg over the edge of the seat by sliding over to the right side.You can’t bang the saxophone against the chair if you hold it on that side of your body.Even though you can play the sax standing up, beginners find it easier to learn the instrument sitting down.Recliners and comfortable chairs with arm rests make it difficult to maintain good posture.
Step 2: Relax your neck and shoulders by sitting up straight.
Good posture will allow you to play comfortably.With your back straight and your shoulders relaxed, sit tall.It might be a good idea to move up to the front of the seat instead of sitting back in it.Don’t tilt your head to the right or left.Don’t raise your shoulders, stiffen your neck, or sit too far back in the chair.
Step 3: Attach the neck strap to your head.
Pick up your saxophone and pull the neck strap as you sit in the chair.The sax should be placed on the right side of your lap.Pull the plastic adjuster until there is no slack.When the instrument is in your lap, there should be tension in the strap.
Step 4: Use both of your hands to make a C shape.
To make your hands look like the letter “C”, place your 4 fingers together and curve the thumbs of both hands.Your “C” hands should be large enough to wrap around the base of your saxophone.Depending on the size of the instrument, you may need to adjust the width of your hand position.
Step 5: Put your thumb under the thumb rest.
The curved piece of brass on the back of the instrument is the lower thumb rest.With your right hand in the “C” position and the saxophone resting in your lap, place your thumb underneath the lower thumb rest.Rest your right fingers on the bottom 3 keys as you wrap your fingers around the instrument.You can move the saxophone and hold it in place with the lower thumb rest.
Step 6: On the upper thumb rest, place your left thumb.
A small key can be seen on the backside of the saxophone’s neck.Place your thumb against the key with your left hand.Wrap your fingers around the neck and place them on the keys.The thumb rest allows you to hit the keys while stabilizing the instrument.
Step 7: The saxophone should be on the right side of your body.
The saxophone can hang from the neck strap if you put your thumb on the thumb rest.If you want the bell to rest against your right leg, position the curved bottom of the instrument without keys.
Step 8: Bring the mouth guard to your mouth.
To bring the sax up to your mouth, use your right hand to push the body up and your left to bring it down.The mouthpiece should come up in front of your mouth if your neck strap is adjusted correctly.The neck strap is too long if the mouthguard isn’t coming all the way up to your mouth.As needed, adjust it.
Step 9: You should draw your bottom lip over your teeth.
Your mouth, jaw, and face are relaxed as you keep your bottom lip taut.The mouth piece should be placed against your lower lip.Close your mouth and seal it with your lips.Take care of your top teeth.Don’t bite down with your teeth.They should be kept relaxed.This is the best position to play the sax.The position is called anembouchure.
Step 10: Press the keys to blow air into the mouth.
As you blow into the mouth, your goal is to create a consistent sound.If you are getting flat, airy sounds from the instrument, make a tighter seal with your lips.You’re hearing a flat sound if it sounds weak and incomplete.If you hear a faint, unclear sound, put more of the mouth piece into your mouth.Until you can make a clear, consistent sound with the instrument, make adjustments to your positioning.You know your embouchure is correct when you get that clear sound.
Step 11: On the second key, place your left index finger.
The second key can be found on the neck of the sax.Place your left index finger on the key.Blow through the mouth.The B note is what you hear.
Step 12: Put your middle finger on the third key to play the A note.
On the “B” key, keep your left index finger.The third key is down from the top and you can place your left middle finger on it.Press the third key while holding the “B” key down.Blow through the mouth.The A note is what you hear.
Step 13: You can play a G by pressing down the fourth key with your left ring finger.
Press down the fourth key with your left ring finger if you hold the A and B keys down.Blow through the mouth.The note is called the G.You can play B, A, and G with your left hand.
Step 14: You can play the notes F, E, and D with your right hand.
The notes are created with your right hand.If you want to create them, you have to keep pressing down on the 3 top keys.As you blow, make sure you maintain a proper embouchure.Use your middle finger to press the second key while keeping all of the other keys.
Step 15: You can learn major scales to add advanced notes.
Each of the basic notes you just learned has an associated major scale.Major scales are created when you hold down a key and run through a series of other keys.You can find the most common scales in a beginner’s alto saxophone book online, and practice them until you are able to play through them with clear, pure sound.The easiest scale to begin with is the G Major scale.You can play notes in succession on the major scales.
Step 16: Minor scales can be used to learn more challenging progressions.
Minor scales are similar to the major scales in that they are created by playing a succession of keys.The minor scales are difficult to play.You can find the key charts online or in a beginner’s book.Practice minor scales until you are familiar with the progressions and can play each note with a consistent pitch.Many jazz tunes have minor scales.If you are interested in playing in a group, you should know minor scales.
Step 17: You can learn your favorite songs.
Practice your favorite songs with sheet music at a local music store or online.Fingering charts will guide you if you don’t know how to read sheet music.Once you are familiar with your favorite songs, you can write your own.You can play beginner songs and then progress to playing your favorite songs.