SAX FROM SCRATCH has created saxophone lessons for those who have always dreamed of being a sax player on YouTube or in a band, but didn't know where to start. This is also the perfect place to grow into a performance ready sax player learning edgy sax techniques and being immediately set apart from other sax players.
Individual students have paid me thousands of dollars in private lessons for what you are about to learn right here! You'll get approximately 40 lessons, easy to understand videos on all levels of instruction (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), pictures, charts, supplemental documents, music theory integration, MP3's for improvising, and I'll be available to help you through the course. This course is not to be rushed. Although the course can be completed in a couple of hours, each lessons encourages practicing to master each technique.
Some of the techniques you are encouraged to learn are the growl, playing super high altissimo notes, circular breathing, stutter tonguing, and playing jazz articulation.
So start from scratch, work through the basics, learn a bit of theory, master some advanced techniques, improvise on your favorite songs, and get yourself sounding and looking like a saxophone PRO in no time!
John Peterson (J.P.) has been playing the sax for over 25 years. He is currently a music teacher and professional sax player. He is excited to be able to expand teaching lessons beyond the classroom and privately and reach students all over the world. He is also able to offer lessons at a fraction of the cost, reaching more students than ever, and teaching students how to have fun playing the sax! If you would like to hear more of his playing feel free to check the links to YouTube provided below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdL9w55zUZE The Other Side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMkEP67od9Y Catch My Breath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbLOz4ba1LM Don’t Wake Me Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuWwwm62yes I See Fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgOuF4a_H88 Wedding Performances
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk8dUDP9EJU Cocktail Hour with Piano
The definition of your mouth placement and position is called Embouchure. Let’s get your embouchure set. Place the mouthpiece roughly ½ of the way into your mouth. Your top teeth will rest on the top of the mouthpiece. Your bottom lip will rest on the underside of the mouthpiece touching the reed. Your bottom teeth should not be touching the reed.
Note: Biting on the mouthpiece with teeth will cause squeaking.
While keeping your right and and left hand in the proper position over their respective keys, press down the first key (pointer finger) on the left hand. This is the note B. Take a deep breath and without blowing too hard, blow air into the horn while applying minimal pressure to the mouthpiece. If done correctly, blowing air into the horn causes the reed to vibrate against the mouthpiece creating that saxy sound.
Note: If you are having a difficult time getting sound out of the horn, don’t get frustrated. There is always a possibility that the sax doesn’t work. This is sometimes the case if the horn was purchased privately and not tested. In that situation you may want to bring it to a local music store to check out to make sure the sax works. If you purchased it from a music store, bring it back to them to make sure it’s not broken.
Learn the correct way to play the notes you play
I have been playing the saxophone for over 25 years and play and teach professionally. My strengths are performing on stage, at church, on Youtube, and at over 70 weddings a year. My true joy comes from teaching my students how to perform and impress an audience whether "Live" or "Online".
I not only teach students the fundamentals of music, but I teach my students how to shine and feel accomplished after a performance. My hope is that I can influence my students to feel the Joy I feel with playing the sax. I learned though my many years of experience that in order to learn, I need to have discipline. In order to thrive, I need to have some fun. That combination, teaching how to be disciplined but also having fun is a my secret to my students success.