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  1. General Discussion
    I want to start playing the saxophone (I’m 13 years old). From what i heard the alto sax is easier for beginners but a tenor is also possible if you have big enough hands. I prefer the sound of the tenor but I don’t know if i can start on it right now. What do you think?
  2. General Discussion
    There is a very good music school i want to get into this year, so i want to make progress as fast as possible (I’m a complete beginner). The only requirements to get into the school is good control of the instrument (tone and such) and an ability to improvise. I have a musical background (i...
  3. Embouchure & Tone Producing Basics
    Hey all, I'm a high school rookie. I've been playing alto sax for a few weeks now, and the school band starts in a few weeks. I want to join, but I don't have the endurance to play long pieces one after another. Whenever I practice for a few minutes, my lips get really numb, so much so that I...
  4. Learning
    Hey everyone! Hope you're all good! I've just started this new series of videos on my teaching website. It's all about how to help your child improve their sense of rhythm with some basic movement exercises. Although these videos are aimed at parents, the exercises are useful at any level to...
  5. For New SOTW Members
    Hello! I was wondering if I could get some help from seasoned saxophone veterans! I'm trying to pick my first real sax, and I've narrowed it down to a few options. I'm going into marching band as an alto sax and some of the models I have narrowed it down to are the YAS-480, YAS-26, YAS-300AD...
  6. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hi, maybe this is something other sax players have encountered whilst learning to play so I thought I'd post. I'm a beginner learning since last September so about 7 months, before I began learning I didn't have a musical bone in my body and learning sax is my first instrument. I have a really...
  7. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, DMB), Tia Fuller (Berklee Prof, Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding) and Kirk Whalum (Whitney Houston, smooth jazz legend) are giving a Zoom chat on tone this Thursday at 1pm EST. Jack Finucane from The Boston Sax Shop will also be there to talk about mouthpieces and gear...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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 :)
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 :)
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