1 Thing You Need to Know

We would like to introduce a new series of posts that we think you’re really going to like. When learning the saxophone, there are so many things to learn, but what’s most important? If you follow this series, it will be like having a personal guide, sifting through what’s important for a beginner and what is not. This type of …

Amateurs, Pros, and Superstar Sax Players

As you read the title of this post, which category would you place yourself? I’m sure most people reading this post would fit under the Amateur title, as our lessons are designed for people learning to play the saxophone. However, where are you going with the saxophone? Are you limiting yourself to Amateur? Do you think you can become a …

8 Articulation Patterns Used by Pros!

Recently, we’ve covered exercises that will bring clarity and speed to articulation. Next, we’ll add variety. Why Variety In our previous exercises we’ve been articulating every note. The purpose for this approach is to spend time working on form and a basic pattern. Once we’ve done this, we can add patterns, which will allow us to become comfortable with common …

7 Steps to Faster Articulation

The last few posts have provided basic exercises to get started with articulation. The first was articulating in time with the metronome, and the second was following this pattern with the addition of “tah” and “dah”. The latter allowed a change of style in the articulation. In this post we’re going to work on speed. The Workout Analogy Yes, I’m …

Adjustable Articulation

In last week’s post we discussed how the tongue is a muscle and how we can strengthen that muscle, in a way that will benefit articulation. We provided a pattern that will get things moving in the right direction. That exercise will not only help you feel more comfortable with articulation, but you’ll sound better and you’ll get faster. Once …