To get the most out of these lessons first watch each segment of the video. Pause the video wherever you need to and slowly go through the exercises yourself before going on. As you practise the work use the video as a reference but spend most of your time playing slowly and patiently off the pdf linked below. Once you feel confident return to the video and try to play along with me! If you can more or less keep up you may be ready for the next lesson.
What you will need before you begin
The following items can be bought at any good music store or online.
- Alto Saxophone – bought or hired. If you are using your own make sure to check with an instrument repairer that it’s in good condition
- A box of No 1.5 alto saxophone reeds. The number refers to their hardness and to begin with you need soft reeds.
- An alto saxophone cleaning kit – this should include cork grease, a body pull-through, a neck and mouthpiece pull-through, and a mouthpiece brush at a minimum.