How To Play Saxophone

Want to Learn How to Play Saxophone? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Are you looking for quality saxophone lessons online to get you started or to make some improvements in your playing? Watch the video below and find out how you can benefit from

Here are your free saxophone lessons:

video lessons starting from putting your sax together thru to getting your first sounds and fingerings

starts with proper embouchure and mouthpiece and of course the right breathing technique

fingering exercises to develop speed, a metronome trick and more

learn some good saxophone tunes and practice them with backing tracks

learn how to improvise over blues and rock with these basic 5 note scales

which saxophone, mouthpiece, reeds?

*Note – Yes these are free saxophone lessons but you must be registered to view the videos on this site – Register in the box at the right side bar.


saxophone-lessonsHi, I’m Johnny Ferreira, a professional saxophonist who’s been performing and recording for over 25 years now.

But this How To Play Saxophone site was not intended to be about me, but about you and what you can learn here to either start learning the saxophone or, if you’ve been playing a little already, how you can make noticeable advancements on your tone, technique, and improvisation skills.

Which Type of Saxophone?

The two most popular types of saxophones are the  E flat alto saxophone and the B flat tenor saxophone. Of course the entire sax family is a large one, and you can read all about that in our sax article section but regardless if you are playing one of the most popular ones, one of the most rarest ones or a soprano or baritone sax, you should know that they all have the exact same fingering system.

Not only do they have the same fingerings, but all the important saxophone techniques such as developing your embouchure and proper breathing and air support are all the same as well. So, all the saxophone lessons you will be watching are speaking directly to you no matter which type of saxophone you have.

If you’re just starting out watch this sample video for your first two beginner’s saxophone lessons: “How To Handle Your Saxophone” and “Your Saxophone Reeds”. You need to put your sax together and put the reed onto the mouthpiece properly before you can try to produce any sounds.

The above video shows mini versions of two lessons. Sign up and watch the full versions along with all the lessons that follow. These are all accessible from the gold box above.

Where To Start

Have a look at the different saxophone lessons which can be linked to from the above gold colored content box. If you’re a true beginner start with the first link “Beginner’s Start Here”. The first two lesson there are the full length versions of the ones in the above video… which shows how to take your saxophone out of it’s case… it doesn’t get any more beginner-oriented than that!

Moving on you’ll find more very important lessons on how to work with reeds, getting your first sounds, and then onto fingering and playing your first notes.

If you are a little more advanced than a total beginner you can skip this entire ‘Beginners” section and work on your tone. Don’t miss the “How To Breath Into Your Sax” lesson because this deals with the proper way of getting air from the diaphragm. Until you master this your tone isn’t going to get any better.

Your sound is the most important thing to have and no matter what level you’re at, daily work should go into this area of your playing. The “Tone Development” section has a few exercises to help you develop your saxophone tone.

Moving on you also need to develop some technique which is really just brain and hand co-ordination and you’ll find a few basic but effective exercises which will do just that in the “Technique” section.

Saxophone Songs to Learn

Repertoire is ultimately one of the most important things you’ll spend time on because you don’t want to play breathing and fingering exercises to impress your family and friends! You’ll find a couple of saxophone songs to get you started in the “Repertoire” section. When you hunger for more just go to the “Saxophone Music” section for a growing selection of music you can download. These downloads are not free but do come with the complete sheet music for both E flat and B flat as well as a quality sounding audio mp3 backing track so you can have some fun while learning to play these songs.

Also check the Blog for more lessons, information and some of our member’s own saxophone performance videos which are commented on for the player’s benefit and improvement.

Communicate With Other Saxophone Enthusiasts

Introduce yourself in the Forum as we have members from all over the world. Go ahead and ask questions there as well.

Saxophone Sheet Music and Backing Tracks

We’re building a nice collection of saxophone music which includes both alto and tenor sheet music. These downloads come with an audio mp3 backing track to make the songs more fun to learn and also improve your musicianship at the same time.

Premium and Specific Saxophone Lessons and Instruction

Below are links for this site containing more saxophone lesson eBooks and courses dealing with specific saxophone instruction such as blues and rock improvisation and complete saxophone learning course for the beginner.

How To Play The Saxophone – A Complete Beginners Guide

How To Play The Saxophone - a Complete Beginner's Guide

A Johnny Ferreira eBook course that’s selling around the world through Amazon and is also available here on this site by clicking the image or title link above. What is it? As the title says, a complete beginners guide on how to play saxophone. The student goes from the very beginning right through to reading music and playing complete songs to backing tracks which are also included.

How To Play Killer Blues and Rockin’ Sax Solos With 7 Notes or Less

learn-saxophoneA Johnny Ferreira eBook course that’s selling around the world through Amazon and is also available here. What is it? A step-by-step guide showing you how to prepare yourself to be able to improvise rock and blues saxophone solos to backing tracks and with a band.

Do you want to master that really high range of the saxophone known as the Altissimo Register?

Any student working through this saxophone altissimo course will finally master the highest notes possible on the sax. Something many don’t realize is that by working on these techniques that will finally enable you to hit those screamin’ high notes, you will also develop a much bigger, all around tone as some of these exercises are the best you can do to drastically improve the sound on your sax.


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