Do you have any of these problems when you play the saxophone?
- Notes won’t come out
- Your saxophone is squeaking- Let’s blame it on the saxophone 🙂
- Don’t remember all the notes you’ve learned?
- Trouble reading music
- Can’t keep time, with or without the metronome
How can we possibly fix these problems? I want you to know that this can be done. Here is what I share with my students:
If you can’t do something very well on the saxophone, we can fix it.
Just think, you have the ability to improve every part of your playing! Here’s how.
2 Tips To Fix Any Part of Your Playing
Tip #1- Be Consistent with Your Practicing
Only have 10 minutes a day to practice? Take that 10 minutes and practice 5-7 days a week. You will be pleasantly surprised how quickly you improve. If you add more minutes to your daily practice, the progress will happen faster!
Tip #2- Get Proper Direction
If you are fully committed to step 1, you will make the progress you want by getting the right direction. In other words, take lessons from the right person. Here is a good check list when looking for a teacher.
Check out their musical background. Ask them to play for you.
If their is a healthy respect for each other, a positive atmosphere will result. This will accelerate your learning.
Is there a detailed weekly plan or assignment? After a lesson you should know exactly what you need to do. Some of these items should include: scales, arpeggios, a method book, a piece of music (song), and something you really want to play.
Can you contact them anytime to ask for help? Questions come up, and it’s really helpful to have someone you can count on.
Do they help you succeed and motivate you?
If you know how to practice correctly, you will get the following results:
- Play passages 9 out of 10 times correctly.
- Learn all your major scales in a short period of time (by memory).
- Solve any issues you may have with tone,articulation, fingers, rhythm, counting, etc.
- You don’t get bored.
- You feel like every time you sit down to practice you are getting better.
Never settle. Find the teacher that is right for you.
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Have fun playing!