Listen to saxophone music on sites like planet-sax.com that stream or provide saxophone MP3s for download. You need to get the sound of a good saxophone playing in your ear to be able to tell if the sound you are producing on your own saxophone is right and comfortable. Streaming applications such as iTunes are also an option.
Find a website like AltoSaxophone.us that explains how to assemble your saxophone. This usual composition involves placing the mouthpiece on the neckpiece, connecting the disadvantage to the main saxophone body, placing the chute on the mouthpiece and holding it with the ligature and attaching the neck strap.
Go to sites like musictheory.net if you do not know how to read music and do not know any music theory. You need some theory and notes to be able to feel even basic saxophone instruction. Aim to complete one online lesson or theory test per day. You can complete theory work when you complete other steps.
Find a site like The Woodwind Fingering Guide for a good saxophone finger chart (See Resources). Start with no fingers down – on the very largest, most common saxophone, this is the middle C-sharp – and then learn at least one new finger per day and add one finger at a time. Read the name of the finger as you walk.
Watch instructional videos from sites such as saxlessons.com, benbogart.com and Lessons TV (See Resources). Look closely at the instructor’s mouth position and fingering technique. Listen for specific pitch intervals such as seconds, thirds and fourth. Mimic what the instructor does to your ear after watching some or all of the videos.
Download well-known songs like ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Happy Birthday’ first, because these songs will already be in your mind, it will be easier for you to hear mistakes in places and correct your fingering. Download harder, lesser-known songs as your fingers, theory, and pitch get better.
Learning to play the saxophone online is beneficial compared to one-on-one lessons – learning the saxophone online is cheaper, fits around your schedule and offers a wide range of music, technology and theory guides than a single teacher can provide. In addition, you can learn and practice your saxophone anywhere you have an Internet connection, which gives you greater flexibility and potentially exposes you to a greater number of acoustic environments. Finally, learning saxophone online does not limit how many lessons you can access per week how regular lessons do. Trying this method of learning the saxophone can be a great way to combine a love of technology with a love of music.