The Saxophone Blog

Everything you need to know about the saxophone — saxophone step-by-step guides, fingerings, scales, how-to articles and common FAQs — in one place

5 Memorable Multiphonics Fingerings for the Saxophone

The problem with multiphonics for saxophone is that there are way too many fingerings. Here's a list of 5 easy-to-remember fingerings.

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How Much Does a Saxophone Weigh?

Here's how much a tenor, alto, baritone, soprano, contrabass and subcontrabass weigh?

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How Much is a Saxophone

How much is a saxophone? How much does a good beginner saxophone cost? Here's everything you need to know.

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How to Bend Notes on Saxophone: The Simple 4-Step Guide

Here's the 4-step process to smearing, sliding or bending notes on the saxophone. Rather than tell you how to place your tongue, jaw, etc. this guide uses a simple saxophone voicing to show you how to bend notes. The results are amazing!

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How to Choose Saxophone Reed Strength: The Definitive Guide

How to Choose Saxophone Reed Strength: The Definitive Guide

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How to Clean a Saxophone: Saxophone Care and Maintenance

Here's how to clean an old, tarnished or new saxophone step-by-step, so that you can care for and maintain your saxophone properly. Beginners and music teachers who teach beginners will find this very useful.

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How to Clean Saxophone, Clarinet Mouthpiece

Here's how to properly clean a saxophone or clarinet mouthpiece step-by-step, how often you should clean your mouthpieces, how to remove stubborn calcium carbonate deposits on your mouthpiece, and how to disinfect your mouthpieces.

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How to Fix a Broken Cork on Your Saxophone: The Step-by-step DIY Guide

Here's how to fix a broken cork on your saxophone by step-by-step by yourself with just a few cheap supplies. You'll end up with a freshly recorked saxophone that'll perform reliably for years, and look elegant in the case, after only takes a few minutes and some practice.

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How to Fix Sticky Saxophone Pads, G-sharp Key, and Other Keys

This guide shows you how to fix sticky saxophone pads and keys. The G-sharp key tends to be the key that gets sticky the most. Here are three best methods to unstick it (or two, really, because the first one builds up significant residue).

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How to Growl on Saxophone: The Dirty 4-Step Formula

Here's the 4-step formula to getting a dirty, vicious growl on saxophone. Growling is one of those techniques that adds a fair bit of color to your playing, and it pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.

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How to Make Natural Shellac Sticks for Saxophone Repair (Simple Step-by-step DIY Guide)

Here's how to make natural shellac sticks for saxophone repair, on your own using dewaxed shellac flakes you can get at your local supplies store. This is a really simple step-by-step DIY guide that will save you at least a few bucks on your next instrument repair.

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How to Play (Improvise) Blues Saxophone

Here's how to play and improvise blues saxophone, the 12 bar blues saxophone format, the note-by-note blues scale guide for the saxophone, and a blues saxophone improvisation exercise.

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How to Play Altissimo Notes on Tenor, Alto Saxophone: The Definitive Guide

Everyone's always asking for altissimo fingerings. But the truth is, it's not the fingerings that you need, it's the altissimo exercises and a good mastery of the basics that you need. Here's how to play altissimo on tenor and alto saxophone.

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How to Play Astouding Fall Offs on the Saxophone: Everything You'll Need

Just about every great saxophone player, down through the history of time, incorporates fall offs as a natural part of their musical vocabulary. Here's the proper technique you need to play a fantastic sounding fall on the saxophone.

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How to Play High G on Alto, Tenor Saxophone

The high g is probably one of the most difficult notes to play on the altissimo range of the saxophone. Here's how to play high G on alto, tenor saxophone.

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How to Play Saxophone Notes (Part 1): How to Read the Saxophone Fingering Chart

Who says you need to read music to play the saxophone? Here's the complete A-Z guide to saxophone fingering charts with everything you'll ever need to read and play saxophone notes without knowing music theory first.

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How to Play Saxophone Notes (Part 2): How to Play Anything By Ear, From Memory

Imagine you could play anything you hear on your saxophone. Anything at all, from memory. Wouldn't that be amazing? Well, that's why you need ear training. This is one of the most important skills you can develop as a saxophone player.

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How to Play Saxophone Notes (Part 3): How to Read Sheet Music in 15 Minutes

Who says you need to read music to play the saxophone? Here's the complete A-Z guide to saxophone fingering charts with everything you'll ever need to read and play saxophone notes without knowing music theory first.

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How to Play the Saxophone Notes (Part 1): How to Play the Saxophone Chromatic Scale

How to Play the Saxophone Notes (Part 1): How to Play the Saxophone Chromatic Scale

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How to Practice Your Saxophone Quietly—in Your Apartment, Hotel or Home

Here's how to practice your saxophone quietly in your apartment, in hotels or at home, so you can get the most out of your practice sessions without driving your neighbors insane.

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How To Replace Saxophone Pads: The Step-by-step DIY Recipe for Long-lasting Pad Work

Pad work is not easy to do well. If you are wondering 'What's the recipe for long-lasting pad work?', here's how to replace saxophone pads the right way, step-by-step, completely by yourself.

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How to Slap Tongue Saxophone Without Breaking Your Reed (or Hurting Yourself)

How to Slap Tongue Saxophone Without Breaking Your Reed (or Hurting Yourself)

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How to Store Saxophone Reeds to Prevent Warping and the Insane Squeaking

This saxophone reed storage guide shows you how to store your cane reeds to prevent reed warping, the insane squeaking that comes with a warped reed, and mold and mildew that comes from storing reeds in very high humidity.

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How to Tune a Saxophone: The Definitive Guide

Here's how to tune a saxophone to Concert A using either a chromatic tuner, or a piano, a brief explanation of how embouchure and temperature (yes, temperature) affects pitch, and subsequently, your saxophone tuning.

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How to Use a Saxophone Leak Light

How to use saxophone leak test light for sax repair, what a saxophone leak light is and how to do a saxophone leak light test

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Is the Saxophone a Woodwind or a Brass Instrument?

Is the saxophone a woodwind or a brass instrument?

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Is the Saxophone Hard to Learn... Harder than Guitar? (Can You Even Self Learn w/out a Tutor?)

Is it hard to learn to play the saxophone? Is it harder than, say guitar or piano? Can you self learn the saxophone completely on your own without a tutor? This article answers those three saxophone learning questions.

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Jazz Chord Symbols Explained (Chart Included)

Here's what every jazz chord symbol means and a complete jazz chord symbol chart. This guide is from the perspective of a saxophone, trumpet , or any single note player, as opposed to something like a guitar or piano which can play multiple notes at a time.

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Saxophone Improvisation: The Ultimate Step-by-step How-to Blueprint

This guide gives you the exact how-to blueprint for improvisation on the saxophone that accomplished improvising musicians use all the time. Anyone can use no matter what their level on the saxophone is. There is simply no reason that anybody shouldn't improvise right from day one.

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Saxophone Ligatures: The Definitive Everything Guide

Here's the ultimate guide with everything you need to know about saxophone ligatures — the real reason you need a good ligature, 7 things you must look for in a ligature, 2 annoying defects with saxophone ligatures, how much saxophone ligature costs, and 3 tips for good ligature placement for saxophone and clarinet.

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Saxophone Major Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

Saxophone Major Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

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Saxophone Minor Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

Saxophone Minor Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

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Saxophone Reed Care: How to Clean, Sanitize, Disinfect Your Saxophone Reeds Properly

Here's the safest, inexpensive, most reliable method of properly cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting your constantly wet saxophone reeds to keep away mold, mildew, bacteria and other gunky stuff that commonly plague saxophonists causing diseases and infections.

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Saxophone Reed Placement: Why Your Reeds Squeak, Sound Muffled, Airy or Spitty

If your reeds are squeaking, sound muffled or are breathy airy or spitty, your problem will almost certainly be bad saxophone reed placement. Here's how to put a reed on a saxophone mouthpiece the right way to solve each of these problems.

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Saxophone Reed Preparation: How to Break in New Saxophone Reeds (Why Your Reeds Suck)

Every saxophone player knows the feeling of opening a new box of reeds only to find that just a few of them play well. Here's how to break in new saxophone reeds, stop your reeds from sucking and save a few bad reeds in the process.

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Saxophone Tongue Position: How to Tongue Faster on Saxophone (w/ 10+ Tips)

There's a lot of moving parts and terrible information out there about saxophone tonguing from both professional saxophone players and professional teachers. Here's how to tongue faster on saxophone the right way.

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Saxophone Transposition Explained [Chart Included]

Here's why notes played on the saxophone will sound different from notes of the same name played on a piano, guitar, flute, and sometimes even clarinet and trumpet. There's everything from a transposition explanation guide and a transposition chart.

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Saxophone Vibrato Technique: The Definitive Guide

Saxophone vibrato is a simple technique that takes a lot of practice. It provides a very rich and pleasant listening experience, especially on long notes. Here are the techniques how to vibrato on any saxophone.

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Saxophone Won't Play Low Notes? Here's How to Fix the Low Note Problem on Any Sax

Wondering why your tenor or alto sax won't play low notes—why everything below C doesn't work? Here's are how to check what the problem is and how to fix it.

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The 10 Dumbest Mistakes You Can Make When Learning the Saxophone

If you are wondering 'What are some common mistakes beginner saxophone players make?', here they are. Are you making these mistakes? Here's how to identify and stop or avoid making them entirely to fast-track your learning.

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The 10 Greatest Baritone Saxophonists of All Time

The 10 Greatest Baritone Saxophonists of All Time

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The 10+ Awesome Sound Hacks That Will Improve Your Saxophone Tone Instantly

Here's how to improve your saxophone tone, sound, or resonance in just 20 minutes. The exercises in these 10+ hacks will make your sound to go through the roof, dramatically.

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The History of the Saxophone—Why there is no Saxophone in the Orchestra

To understand why there are no saxophones in the orchestra, here's a brief history of Adolphe Sax's invention — the saxophone — complete with its protagonist and antagonists.

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The Rare C Melody Saxophone

Here's everything you need to know about the C Melody saxophone.

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The Saxophone Family: Types of Saxophones

The saxophone family is huge with many woodwind instruments. Here are the five most common instruments in the saxophone family, and a few rare and unheard saxophones.

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The Ultimate 30-Minute Saxophone Daily Practice Routine

You probably already know that practice is the key to getting better at playing the saxophone. But, how exactly do you do it? How do you formulate a reliable daily saxophone practice routine that brings results? You need to read this.

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The Ultimate A-Z Guide to Saxophone Circular Breathing (Exercises + Tips)

This guide shows you how to circular breath on saxophone with an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide, shows you the tried-and-tested saxophone circular breathing exercise, and gives you a few tips to help you figure out how to give the impression of playing notes that last forever.

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The Ultimate A-Z Guide to Saxophone Embouchure Technique: How to Blow into Your Saxophone Mouthpiece

Wondering how to blow into a saxophone mouthpiece? Here's everything you need to know about proper saxophone embouchure placement technique in one comprehensive A-Z guide.

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What is the Best Saxophone for a Complete Beginner—Alto or Tenor Sax?

Which saxophone is best for a beginner? Which is easiest to learn—alto or tenor sax? Why is the alto saxophone considered a beginner saxophone?

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What is the Difference Between a Cheap and Expensive Saxophone?

Cheap Saxophone vs Expensive: What is the Difference Between a Cheap and Expensive Saxophone?

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