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Saxophone Fundamentals. Daily consistent routine will build the skills needed to play well. Example daily routine (practice session) long tones using scales in all registers... example. Scales. Scales. Know your major scales from memory.

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Saxophone fundamentals

Saxophone

Fundamentals


Saxophone fundamentals

Daily consistent routine will build

the skills needed to play well.


Saxophone fundamentals

  • Example daily routine (practice session)

  • long tones

    • using scales

    • in all registers...

    • example...


Saxophone fundamentals

Scales


Saxophone fundamentals

Scales

Know your major scales from memory.

This is the basis for knowing ALL scales.

IF you know your majors, then all the

others come along much more quickly.


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Play all majors the entire range of the instrument


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Practice scales in 3rds

practice scales from top to bottom

Practice scales til the cows come home!

practice scales in 4ths


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Excellent practice tools:


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Learn the following Minor scales:

Harmonic Minor

Melodic Minor

Natural Minor


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Mouthpieces:

Info borrowed from the

http://mouthpiecemuseum.com/MouthpieceMuseum/Home.html

Baf

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Chamber


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Mouthpiece Makers

common & inexpensive


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Mouthpiece Makers

jazz


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Each session should involve

band or solo literature

and

sight reading material


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Jazz players should work on

jazz patterns

articulation

head(melody)memorization

improvisation


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Embouchure


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Embouchure

“to form mouth”

Lips function as a gasket around mouthpiece

Teeth located on top of mouthpiece

Lower lip rolled in and placed on reed

Keep FIRM pressure with teeth

on top of mouthpiece !

Do NOT put too much pressure on reed.


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How do you get to be

a great sax player?

Have a plan...a routine...

...a consistent routine.

Outside of long tones...

...apply tempo to everything you play!


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Use a tuner!


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Use a

metronome!


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Record yourself

to

analyze your

sound

intonation

tempo

articulation

phrasing

dynamic contrast


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Recording yourself

is one of the best ways

to improve at

a faster pace.


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Advanced jazz players

should

transcribe solos from recordings


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Listen to

many players...like...

a ton of saxophonists...more than

you can count! And then listen some more!


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Finally...take private lessons.

There’s no substitute for a private instructor.

They provide motivation and help you

set goals...a definite must!

Lessons are only valuable if you actually practice every day...

otherwise don’t waste your money or the instructor’s time.


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