It’s No Secret
It’s no secret that one of the best ways to improve on the saxophone is to play everyday. Why does it help so much to play everyday? Because daily (or consistent) participation accelerates our learning. Here’s what I mean.
How a Toddler Learns to Walk
When a toddler walks for the first time, what do they do after that?
- Take a break from walking for a few days
- Keep on trying everyday
Of course the answer is 2. Is this an exciting time for a parent? Yes, and just because the child still falls often, the parents are not discouraged. They’re excited because the toddler keeps on trying- all the time! The child is not instructed in various walking techniques either, but they improve by simply trying everyday. This is one of the best ways a beginning walker can improve.
Learning to Swim Faster
I have an 8 year old daughter who just joined a swim team. A swim team is all about speed and improving time. Since my daughter began, she has become noticeably faster. Has her coach drilled in highly advanced techniques to help her improve? No. She has provided some technique, but most of my daughter’s improvement has simply come from hours of swimming. In short, she spends time in the water. This is one of the best ways a beginning swimmer can improve.
Learning the Saxophone
I have seen so many beginners improve on saxophone, that I can’t even count them off the top of my head. Here’s what happens (many times) with a beginner when learning their first 3 notes:
- Middle B- No problem
- A without the octave key- No problem
- G without the octave key- PROBLEM!
This G may not be a problem for everyone, but it is for many. At least, for a few days. At this point, I look at this situation just like a toddler learning to walk. I don’t try to get technical, but instead I let the student know that if they spend time with this note every day, they shouldn’t have a problem within a few days. Usually, the problem is resolved by the next lesson.
Playing daily (or often) is one of the best ways a beginning saxophonist can improve.
Small Practice Sessions
Even if you have a busy schedule, practicing everyday can still happen. Believe it or not, even 10 minutes a day will help the beginner make progress. And when you’re progressing, it’s easy to stay motivated and it’s very rewarding.
For the next 7 days, I challenge you to practice 6 days out of the week. Choose your day off before you begin your 7 days, and practice at least 10 minutes each session. If you want some tips on finding time to practice with a busy schedule, then check out this post. At the end of the 7 days, please share your experience and progress in the comment section. I look forward to your progress!
The pattern of consistent practice has helped each of us succeed in our lives. Anytime we start something new, consistent practice (or consistent participation) will automatically help us improve. As you continue your saxophone journey, have confidence that if you put in a little bit of time, on a regular basis, you will get better. I’m excited for you to experience this progress, and I’m confident you’re going to love it.
Have fun playing!