Melbourne Saxophone Lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Obviously each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments.

In the case of the saxophone, you play the instrument by blowing into the mouthpiece and holding various combinations of keys down in order to play different notes. So firstly, you need to develop the strength and technique needed to create the sound. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of scales, arpeggios and other things that help to develop your sound and technique on the saxophone. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory.

Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you also will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favourite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne saxophone lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

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The saxophone is a relatively young instrument, having been created by Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax in the middle of the 19th century. Because of it’s late arrival on the musical scene, it didn’t feature in a lot of classical music and is not a standard member of most orchestras. However, the saxophone was included in the works of many 20th century composers as well as being integral to the evolution of jazz music. More famous than any other instrument in the history of jazz, the saxophone is synonymous with artists such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

The saxophone is made up of five main parts – the body, which is the main part of the saxophone, the neck, the mouthpiece, the ligature and the reed. The ligature is a round fastening device which slips over the mouthpiece and secures the reed to the mouthpiece. The reed is a wafer-thin wooden strip which when blown through vibrates against the mouthpiece and creates sound. Most saxophone students don’t realise that the reed and ligature have an enormous bearing on the sound of the sax, and not just that, but even the specific way in which you lay the reed over the mouthpiece affects the sound. For this reason and more there is no substitute for one-on-one music lessons with a proper saxophone teacher – A good teacher can show you all of these essential aspects and much, much more.

Our Melbourne saxophone teachers, Paul Carter and Ally Collingwood perform regularly around Melbourne on a regular basis in a variety of ensembles. Paul plays in several jazz groups himself, as well as doing alot of corporate functions and wedding gigs. Ally is currently furthering her studies with a Masters of Music Education from Monash University. Call us now to book a lesson with one of our fantastic teachers and get 20% off your first lesson.