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“Come on play us a song” Grandma demands. The family gets quiet as you take out your saxophne and get ready. You take a breath and in an instant-music fills the room. Bring a little extra joy to your family gatherings. Be the life of the party. Play the saxaphone. We’ll show you how.The philosophy for taking saxophone lessons at Naperville Music is simple and effective.
Learn what you want to know to have fun and play the songs and music you enjoy.
Learn what you need to know to become the knowledgeable, well rounded, creative and self-reliant musician you desire to be.
This balanced approach to the immediate enjoyment of the instrument while also working towards building a strong musical foundation for the future is ultimately the most satisfying and rewarding approach to learning the saxaphone.
Interested in playing saxophone in an orchestra or a band? Or need to prepare for an upcoming event? Take your saxophone playing to the next level, or simply learn to play for the first time. The saxophone, like the clarinet is an instrument in the woodwind family. This instrument is usually made of brass and is played with a single-reed mouthpiece. The saxophone has found its home in popular music, big band music, rock and roll, blues and jazz.
What age should my child start saxophone lessons?
The saxophone is a popular instrument in school programs so your child will have the opportunity to participate in band with their friends. Due to the size of the instrument and the required lung capacity the recommended age to start a child in saxophone lessons is 9 years old. It is also important to consider the weight of the instrument, stretch of the child's arm and size of their hands/fingers when considering this instrument. Their arms must be strong enough to support the instrument and their hands big enough to reach the keys.Saxophone lessons will teach your child the proper position for holding the instrument. They will focus on embouchure (the way you shape your mouth while playing), sound repertoire, finger placement, and music reading. Many teachers choose the classical repertoire because it will give students the fundamentals needed to play the style of choice in the future. The theory taught to play the saxophone is also very similar to the clarinet and the flute. Many times young players will learn on the clarinet, because it is smaller, and then switch over to saxophone to broaden their musical talents.
Do Saxophones come in sizes?
Yes. Saxophones come in several different sizes: • Soprano may be either straight or curved. This instrument is difficult for beginners because the intonation (playing in tune) is more challenging than Alto or Tenor. Alto may also be curved or straight. It is the instrument recommended for beginners. •Tenor is larger than the Alto and has a larger mouthpiece. •Baritone is the largest of the Sax family. • The alto saxophone is advisable for beginners because of its size and shape make it manageable for children. Other factors making the alto a popular first saxophone is that it is generally less expensive. The Alto Sax is most often used in school band programs and it is popular even in the professional field.
Basic Parts of the Saxophone
Saxophones have three parts: main body, neck joint, and mouthpiece assembly. The body of the saxophone is the main part with the keys, bell and bow. The neck joint connects the body to the mouthpiece assembly which consists of the mouthpiece, ligature, reed, and the cork. The mouthpiece is a plastic or metal piece with a cylindrical shape that goes around the cork. The cork is a piece of cork around the end of the neck that creates the seal for the air. The ligature is a round, metal piece with a screw(s) that tighten to hold the reed onto the mouthpiece. The reed is a thin piece of wood that creates the vibration. The neck is a curved piece containing the octave mechanism (it has a goose neck appearance on the tenor but is more of a 90 degree angle on the alto, most sopranos do not have this piece).
The neck strap, used to support the heavier instruments, clips to the back of the instrument. Our instructors can help you achieve your goals for playing saxophone. Learn proven techniques for improving your woodwind instrument skills, and take advantage of our many performance opportunities.Naperville Music delivers high caliber, private alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone lessons with highly experienced woodwind instructors who love music and love to teach.
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