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This section of online lessons is designed for beginner students, as well as a resource for both private and elementary school teachers.


So what sort of equipment should I start with?

When you are just starting to play, you walk into a music store and are faced with a bewildering array of choices. What type of saxophone should you start with? What type of reeds? What brands are good. Should you buy new or used? The information you need is all right here.


Did your mom ever tell you to sit up straight so that you don't end up looking like a hunchback? Mine did. As much as it pains me to say so, she was right [*sigh*]. Read up on why you need to think about having terrific posture.

What's an embouchure, and how the heck to I make one?

Found out what an embouchure is (Quick Answer: the way you put your mouth on your saxophone) and how you too can go about making one. A well-formed embouchure will help you make the best possible sound as a beginner. Your neighbours will learn to *love* to hear you play!

Am I an expert breather?

Don't be silly! Of course you are an expert breather! You've been breathing all of your life, haven't you? This lesson will help you become an expert on using your lungs to help you play the saxophone (or any other wind instrument, for that matter.

How on Earth can I improve my Tone?

Ways to improve your tone. Don't worry, it takes a while, but the payoff is well worth it in the end!

How do I fix warped reeds?

We've all had reeds that were great one day, and warped like you wouldn't believe the next. Read this lessons to find out why it happens, and how to fix it.
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