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Shared this video with others on Sax Station and here are a few things they said:
When I first started out I didn’t try to play a song. I pulled out a book and started with the scales. I started with a note that I could get a sound out of.It was hard because I was short and the buttons were far apart.
I practice d for like 4 hours than day and finally completed one whole song. It sucked but I did it. On day one I probably made peoples ears bleed that day. So my point is to keep trying cause you’ll get there soon enough.
Also I actually started playing today on my birthday seven years ago. I turn 15 today so a good protion of my life was put into playing sax. So again don’t give up you’ll get there.
When I started playing I kind of sounded similar…then I really concentrated on listening to the notes from a practice CD but got frustrated because when I play I can’t hear the CD.
Then after practicing some I tried to find the notes of the beginning of Turn the page by Bob Seger and ended up playing the Three Blind mice lol…I had fun and can’t wait to practice tomorrow…
I got really frustrated playing at first, I sounded like an old car horn, my dog started howling at me it wasn’t good.
But you get out what you put in, now my dog sits listening to me, so practice as much as you can and it will get better.
I prefer playing sat down, I get a better sound.
Thanks Sean, glad your dog enjoys your playing more now.
I think the second guy sounded pretty for a first go. My first go playing sax was on a friends sax that he had just been playing and I asked if I could have a try. He reluctantly let me straight onto his wet mouth piece –a little bit disconcerting to say the least.
My dog also was disturbed. A jack russel, he cocked his head to the side and looked really worried.
Thanks for sharing Gray. Your dog may have become a bit more accustomed to something out of the ordinary. And as you improve, he probably thinks it’s better.
I began playing the saxophone in the 6th grade as is common in the American public school system.
My 6th grade saxophone class consisted of 16 eager young students itching to learn the instrument. For the first week, we played exclusively on the mouthpiece alone as well as the mouthpiece and neck – out of all the students, I was the only one who could not produce a sound… whatsoever.
The entire year, I steadily improved; however, I never reached that pinnacle of achievement – the much-sought-after 1st chair.
Today, I have undergraduate and masters degrees in saxophone performance and am currently in the middle of doctoral work, pursuing a saxophone studio position in higher education. To all those just beginning – there is hope for you! Keep working hard and don’t get too down on yourself. You will experience many ups and downs along the way – just make sure you are having fun and the improvements will come!
Thanks for sharing James. That’s the same grade I started playing.
Was it just not using enough air that was the problem the first week?
it was a lot easier for me because i know i to play the trumpet,though there was a challenge with the keys and scales because i never had any formal training on the sax. but i was a lot better than the two.
That makes sense that playing trumpet made the transition into playing sax easier. The two in the video had never played any wind instrument before. Thanks
I sounded, well I still do sound like from between those two examples.
Just got my first sax and never played before any instrument.
This is going to be a huge challenge for me to learn, but I will learn!!
Now i can play the first part of Dire Straits your latest trick.
I just learned with the fingerings showed on black pads.
Still don’t know how to get all the notes out of it…
Yes, it’s a challenge, but a lot of fun.
A car horn or howling werewolf! I recall a neighbour standing on his front porch mimicking a werewolf howl when I first started playing, quite disheartening to say the least but the beginning sounds on sax are not the prettiest sounds as there is so much more to think about with a wind instrument, unlike a piano, guitar, or bass.
I believe it takes a lot more patience, persistence and perseverance to get a good sound and maintain this but it is possible and the end results are magical, just keep practicing 🙂
That’s funny, I think it is worth the practice and the practice can also be enjoyable. If you think of of it that way, you’ll probably enjoy the whole process more.
There was only the sound of flowing air when I first tried the saxophone.
Then I started to read my wife’s study book for the Alto sax.
It described the technique of embouchure.
I tried again, and behold a true B note came out.
It motivated me in getting a Tenor sax, and study daily to master it.
Now 6 months later, I can play a tune or two. I feel I have come a long way already, and every day there is more to discover.
But I really need some advice of people who play the sax much longer.
That’s why this site is really priceless.
Thanks for that Neal!
Thanks Erwin, you can check out the classes here too if you would like more help and feedback.
My first lesson I sounded pretty lame. I’ve had 3 lessons and practice 3-4x a day totaling about 40-60 min. I can play simple tunes.
One of the points I wanted to get across is that no one sounds amazingly good on day one. There is some variation depending on your experience with music. But even the best sounded pretty similar to everyone else on day 1.
Sounds like you’re getting in a good amount of practice.
I still don’t sound very good. I have a soprano sax and 2 lessons.
Its still a hit and miss to get the right tones to come out.
the deeper tones seem to turn into a squeek most times. Not sure if I’m putting the mouth piece too loose on the cork,..or if my embrasure just needs to get stronger,.. 🙁
But I fell in love with the sound of a sax and the looks and everything,…:-))
So I’m determined to learn.
Leaks in the horn which includes between the cork and the mouthpiece can cause leaks. To check to see if the fit on the cork is the issue, try pushing the mouthpiece on farther temporarily and see what happens. Do that especially if the cork seems worn down. You may be a bit flat, but don’t worry about that for a minute. See if the low notes come out better.
If they do, a temporary solution is to use a hair dryer to dry out the cork on the neck. Or you can use a little paper wrapped around the cork.
And the more permanent solution is to replace the cork.
Day 1 was just blowing and blowing more to see what would happen with different key combinations. Then i actually started class the nxt day.
Yes, I recall that sound, 25 years ago, the sound of a cow, it was the that sound but I thought, in a years time I’m going to sound like sanborne, I had his sheet music albums, why not ,just practice makes perfect, but how wrong I was. I even had a teacher for two years, but all the above won’t make any difference
What you need is the desire to want to do it and and practice and practice correctly can’t over emphasize this ,it so, so important ,do not move on if you get stuck on something and learn all your scale,s ,keep practicing
Thanks for sharing Paul