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*Equipment needed:

Folding Music Stand

Swab for cleaning out instrument, daily (usually comes with your instrument).

*3 unbroken reeds in your case at all times. *See below.

Neck strap. A padded neck strap is highly recommended.



*About reeds

Reeds are necessary to play your sax. Reeds are made from cane and are very thin. Because they are so thin, they can easily break. It is important to take very good care of your reed by keeping it in its storage case when not in use. Never leave the reed on the mouthpiece when putting the sax away (think germs).


Reeds can be purchased individually, in packs of three, or boxes of 10. I recommend purchasing a box of 10, so you always have plenty of reeds. Reeds also come in different strengths. I recommend a strength of 2 or 2-1/2 for young players. As you get better (middle school and high school), you can increase the strength of the reed. You can purchase reeds at local music stores or online here.


Videos

Intro To Saxophone

How to open the case and learn the parts

About Reeds

How to use cork grease

Assemble mouthpiece, reed, and neck

How to put the instrument together

How to hold the sax

More Sax videos



Alto Sax Fingering Worksheet 1.pdf