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  1. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    As I have started to teach beginning private lessons (most of my previous lesson students when I was in college/gigging were adults learning or high school students), I have noticed that basically every student has the same mouthpiece- a Yamaha 4C. I guess about 15 years ago when I started...
  2. Training Material
    Hi folks. I'm struggling to learn with just a book so I've been considering a subscription to Tonestro. Does anyone have any experience of this app? Is it any good for a complete beginner who can just about do a scale and basic tune? In an ideal world I'd like to use a real life human teacher...
  3. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    I'm in high school, and it's my first year playing the sax. That might be why. I got a new mouthpiece (Rico alto 3c) and ligature (Rovner dark 1rl). I'm having more issues than I used to, and I can make low notes with a rolled lower lip. The problem is, when I use the lower lip embouchure, my...
  4. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    hi folks, Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer! We've been renting an alto (Bundy, pretty clunky) from Music & Arts for a couple of years and DD has decided she wants to stick with it for a while. She seems to have some talent at it and coming from a very musical family, we're...
  5. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    hi all i have a conn chuberry alto and looking to peak in to tenor land. what would you suggest to get from similarly vintage instruments? (that does not require a bank heist) im still a beginner, based in EU :)
  6. Practicing
    Yo so I recently bought my first horn - a Martin Magna Tenor. I've had it overhauled and repadded so it's in top playing condition. Now I've gotta learn to play the thing. So far I've learnt to play the C Major scale and that's it. I already play guitar, bass drums and keys so I've got some...
  7. Advice on Buying or Selling a Saxophone
    Hello everyone.. Just have a question about beginner horns vs intermediate/pro horns. I am 32 and committed to learning the saxophone - I'm a bit stuck for what to buy as a first horn. I have no friends that play the sax so I don't have anyone to ask for some genuine advice. At the moment...
  8. Practicing
    Hi everyone, I have a couple of questions about backing tracks. I have been playing for 7 weeks, and for the last week I have been learning Summertime. Initially just concentrating in getting the fingering right , now I have added a metronome to improve my timing. My next step is to find a...
  9. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hey Saxontheweb, I'm a relative beginner, but not totally. I played alto for 3 years, tenor for 1, and then bari for 1, and then didn't play for a year. I am now trying to pick up the alto again, but I haven't played it for 3 years. I just went and bought a new set of reeds and got my alto out...
  10. Tenor mpc
    So ive been playing tenor for about 4 years now and i want to get a better mouth piece. I'm curently playing a yamaha 5c with vandoren 3 1/2 and sometimes java red of the same strenght . i currently use a yts 23 '90. I play both jazz and classical and i heard that the jumbo jave t75 would be...
  11. Late Bloomers
    Hi, i'm 23 and i'm getting everyday more interested in the magic sound of saxophones, especially the baritone :3 is it ok to start from it? i think i'll rent one and find a teacher to understand if it's the right thing for me. Anybody started from the bari? Let me know :)
  12. Training Material
    I've started a playlist on my YouTube channel with Tips for beginners to supplement my online beginning sax method. I'll post the first two videos today and a new one every couple of weeks or so. On the homepage of my website- www.beginningsax.com I have several free introductory lessons you...
  13. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    Dear all, I am brand new to the forum. I am a double reed teacher who looks to pick up the alto saxophone. My motivation is to be proficient enough so that I can teach a class of mixed woodwinds. My playing will be strictly classical. I am looking for an alto, as most of the solo classical...
  14. Composer/Composition
    Hi, I would be happy to get some advice. I have a beginner - bigband/combo at school with trumpets, flutes, altos, trombones and rhythm section; members are between 10 - 15. We have lots of bigband scores (easy jazz pack etc.), but most of these pieces are too advanced. So I arranged some...
  15. What to Buy & Why: Saxophones
    Hello everyone. I've been playing music for quite a while, mainly on guitar and a bit of keys. However, in the last couple of years I've really fallen in love with the sound of the sax and I thought to myself, why not just take the time and learn the lovely instrument instead of trying to sound...
  16. Bb Soprano
    Hey guys, I'm a high school player who plays alto. Family have asked what I want for Christmas, and i figured why not ask for a soprano. I just want something to play for fun that I can blow on when I'm bored. All I really need in the horn is it to be able to not be so bad that it's impossible...
  17. Clarinet
    Behold my first clarinet that is sure not to impress. Exciting for me anyway, I immediately put it together. And...then decided to read directions online and put it together again. It's a great clarinet that sounds amazing. Okay okay, you got me. I couldn't make an R13 sound amazing...
  18. What to Buy & Why: Reeds and Misc.
    I'm looking to start on bari sax. I have access to an instrument at school, but I'll need to supply my own reeds and mouthpiece. I'm not sure what strength of reed to get. I've played Bb clarinet for 3 years now, so I'm familiar with the general type of woodwind embouchure required to play...
  19. Clarinet
    I'm a sax player, with my primary horn the soprano and second on tenor. Right now, I'm fairly competent on the sax, and still improving, and thought it would be fun to do something musical with my wife. She's loved the clarinet all her life and I was thinking of taking lessons with her so we...
  20. Training Material
    Here's a quick video lesson I made about how to put a reed on properly. I see lots of beginners (and not so beginners) neglecting some of these steps, so make sure you are doing all of these things every time you get ready to play. Here is the link to get the pdf download of 10 Essential...
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