How To Play The Soprano Saxophone

As a jazz music lover, you may wish to learn how to play the soprano saxophone. Follow the steps below, and you'll be well on your way to mastering this instrument.

  1. Learn proper theory. This includes learning proper breathing, articulation, posture, voicing, tonality and finger position. Learning these things will keep you from picking up any bad habits. 
  2. Set a goal for how you wish to sound. Don’t worry about how bad you may sound when you first start to play the soprano saxophone. Instead, take joy in learning the soprano saxophone.
  3. Prepare your soprano saxophone. Hold the reed in your mouth to dampen it. Loosen the clamp screws on your soprano saxophone. Place the flat side of the reed flush with the tip of the mouthpiece. Tighten the screws. Slide the mouthpiece back onto the neck of your soprano saxophone.
  4. Place your fingers on the keypads. Your thumb should be on the thumb-rest and the palms of your hands on the palm keys.
  5. Prepare your mouth. Roll your lower lip inward over your lower teeth. Rest the reed on your lower lip. Put your teeth and upper lip on the mouthpiece. This will create a seal. Touch the tip of the mouthpiece to your tongue.
  6. Position your body. When you play the soprano saxophone you should stand in an upright position with your shoulders relaxed. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm as you blow into the mouthpiece as you move your tongue away from the mouthpiece on your soprano saxophone.
  7. Blow a stream of air into the mouthpiece. Continue to blow a stream of air into your mouthpiece. Press on the keys and alter the volume to make different pitches.
  8. Clean your soprano saxophone after you play the soprano saxophone each time. The mouthpiece of your soprano saxophone should be cleaned with a lint free cloth and some rubbing alcohol before being rinsed with cold water and allowed to air dry. The inside of the soprano saxophone will need to be cleaned with a special instrument cleaner, and the cork will need cork grease.
  9. Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice playing the soprano saxophone, the better you will become. If you take a long break, all of your hard work will be lost.
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