Learn to Play the Saxophone
There are 8 levels
1 session per week
Sessions are one-on-one & are tailored for you only for best results
When you complete a level, you can book your exam on a date that suits you. Exams are also one-on-one
Attend one group session per month to interact with other students of the same level as you, enhance your skills and assess your general progress
Frequently Asked Questions
In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the saxophone through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.
First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.
In terms of weight, the saxophone can be relatively heavy for children younger than 12 years old (but this is broadly speaking as it really varies from one person to another). The saxophone generally also requires controlling one’s breath, so it may be a bit challenging for people with breath difficulties (or adverse conditions in the lung) or people who have lower frontal teeth that are irregular, have relatively big gaps or differences in height.
The curriculum contains a set of breathing exercises for controlling the diaphragm especially in for beginners and other ones as the player advances in learning the instrument. You’re strongly advised to use a metronome to help you stay on rhythm (many metronome apps are available for free download over the internet). It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.
Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight. As for the saxophone, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it to protect it from moisture in the breath and it’s also recommended to use a good cork grease for the mouth piece.
The saxophone is most used in the jazz and blues music. It can also have a powerful role in modern and contemporary music.
Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments
It’s advisable to start learning with an alto or tenor saxophone as the soprano and baritone ones can be a bit challenging for beginners. It’s advisable to buy a saxophone from a known brand to guarantee the level of quality expected from it. As for unknown brands, it’s better to let a professional (or someone with good expertise) test it for you first. A used saxophone should be cleaned and sanitized really well before you use it.
A saxophone player needs the following accessories to play:
- A neck strap: from a good brand to comfort your neck while you play
- Cork grease: to make it easy to put and adjust the mouth piece without harming the cork
- Reeds: Reeds have different sizes and it’s preferable to use 1.5, 2, 2.5 reeds for beginners. The sizes can vary from one brand to another so it’s advisable to try more than one to be able to reach a size that works for the player
No, that’s not necessary
There are a bunch of tuner apps, which you can download over the Internet and a lot of them are fortunately free. These programs will use the microphone on your computer or mobile phone to listen to the sound of the saxophone and indicate its tone:
For alto and baritone saxophones you can either:
- Play the F# note on the sax: The tuner will read (A). If the tuner indicates that your note is either flat or sharp, adjust your mouthpiece accordingly, roughly one millimeter at a time, and try again. Repeat as needed
- Play an A note on a piano and play an F# on the sax. You should hear the same tone
For soprano and tenor saxophones you can either:
- Play the B note on the sax: The tuner will read (A). If the tuner indicates that your note is either flat or sharp, adjust your mouthpiece accordingly, roughly one millimeter at a time, and try again. Repeat as needed
- Play an A note on a piano and play a B on the sax. You should hear the same tone
12 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age.