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Saxophone Lessons

Michael Brecker

You may have listened to many different great saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young and others, and you now long to product those enviable tones and tunes from your own saxophone.

Studying with a great sax instructor is the best way to really learn and master the sax. The instructor will show you how to play and improvise with scales including the major, minor, harmonic, melodic, pentatonic and beyond. He or she will also guide you through the process of producing a beautiful sound out of your saxophone.






The saxophone is certainly a very exciting instrument!

It’s the king of jazz and also an important instrument in rock, blues, pop and classical music styles. It’s smooth and simply breathtaking! (No one can resist the warmth of a smooth sax tone)

It does however require a lot of initial practice to produce a good sound, and once you get over the hurdle of producing that sound things do tend to get a lot easier.  One of the first things we will work on is your saxophone embouchure. The embouchure is your lips and facial muscles used in playing the sax. It’s a french word meaning “opening into”.

If you’ve selected the sax as the instrument you want to learn, then you’ve made one of the best decisions of your life!

The sax will indeed be a very good friend, but do remember what you put into it you’ll get out of it.


We will work on:

  • Fingering, hand posture and breathing
  • Developing a good technique from the beginning
  • Developing basic consistency in your playing
  • Saxophone embouchure


So you can already blow your horn! At least quite a bit!

Now it’s time to move on and work on even more exciting things such as saxophone techniques and tricks. “The talk”, “the roar”, “the moan”, “the bark”, “the yelp” and many more…

Like Henri Weber said: “Don’t imagine that you or anyone else can acquire these tricks at the first, or second, or even third, trial. The beginning is always the hardest part of the road to cover. Many do not persevere long enough to see the “turn” in it. But, if at first you don’t succeed; “try, try again” and DON’T GIVE UP!”

We will work on:

  • Drastically improving your technique (moving you towards an advanced player)
  • Doing tricks on your sax – such as “the talk”, “the roar, “the moan”, “the bark” and many more…
  • Impressing your friends/colleagues and family
  • Helping you play by ear
  • Improving your improvisation


Firstly well done for walking the road of sax so far! Although your journey is far from over (in fact it never ends), you can take pride in the fact that you’ve come this far!

As an advanced saxophonist we will work on advanced level improvisation, technique, stamina, ear training and harmony.

We will also work on some basic piano/guitar skills that will be necessary for your development at this stage. It is very important to have a firm grasp of understanding harmony and knowledge of what it feels like to play more than two notes simultaneously. You see, as saxophonists we mainly play melodic lines and sometimes our harmony needs the most attention.

We will work on:

  • Perfecting your technique
  • Advanced improvisation
  • Understanding of classical and jazz harmony
  • Keyboard/guitar work (to boost your sax playing)
  • Ear training
  • Stamina
  • Speed