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If you are interested in learning how to play saxophone, here are just a few things to consider.  First off, what kind of sax have you selected from the saxophone family?   Alto, tenor, baritone or soprano saxophone?  The most popular of them are either the tenor saxophone or the alto.  You should also find a good teacher to start you off with your first sax lessons.

Your next choice will be what kind of saxophone mouthpiece will best suit your needs?  There are metal mouthpieces or hard rubber sax mouthpieces.  There are also other materials including wood mouthpieces as well, but you may decide to just use a stock mouthpiece to start out with and graduate to a better mouthpiece that a teacher might recommend after you begin lessons.  Naturally you will need a saxophone chart or a fingering chart, which can be found in almost every beginner saxophone book.  This chart will show you where to place your fingers on which keys to produce the different saxophone notes of the chromatic scale.

Developing a personal saxophone sound can take quite a while but even though that may be a goal, you must first start off with the basics.  A good teacher is very important in order to show you the proper method you need to acquire a saxophone tone and sound development.  It is vital to begin learning right from the start, the correct and the proper way to produce a sound and how to form what is known as an embouchure.  The embouchure is basically the way you set your lips, teeth, tongue and jaw to form the physical setting with which to produce sound on a saxophone.  You need to form a good embouchure in order to create the air stream necessary to create the tone.

Basically speaking, the saxophone embouchure is formed by placing the top teeth onto the top of the mouthpiece and placing the bottom lip over the bottom teeth which then contact the reed, which is fastened to the mouthpiece by a ligature.  Brass players, such as trumpet, french horn and trombone players have an embouchure too, but they do not use a reed and have a completely different set of rules by which to form their sound.

Although the basics are not extremely difficult, it does take time to understand and apply the fundamentals of any instrument.  Saxophone playing is not as hard as it may seem but it will demand a certain amount of dedication just to be able to memorize the basic fingerings and to be able to learn your first few simple saxophone songs.  Like every other instrument, the sax demands memorization of some simple foundational elements and you build on those and expand your arsenal of skills.

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