Young Composer 001 • May 23, 2019 Hy guys, I play Alto Sax and I'm 14. I play it since I was 10 but I don't feel any improve in technique since 1 year ago. I was wondering how I improve. Thanks for who answers me! Comments [user=12735186]micah.chang[/user] Hey there bud. I'm also an alto sax player. I'm 17, and I have been playing saxophone for 5 years. Throughout my years as a saxophonist, I had private music lessons with a tutor. I've had music lessons ever since, and I'm still continuing. Now to answer your question on how to improve on the sax... there are so so many ways out there to improve your technique and improve in general. 1. Practice scales. Do your major and minor, chromatic scales, arpeggios, pentatonics, etc. Start slowly, and as time goes on, gradually pick up the speed. It will eventually become automatic muscle movement and you wouldn't even need to think about it. 2. Record yourself playing songs or playing some scales. Listen to the sound, and ask yourself - 'am I playing loud enough', 'is there too much air going through', etc. 3. Watch videos on youtube. Look up 'Samuel Solis' and/or 'Alexandra Ilieva'. They both have amazing saxophone covers. There are many others too, but those two are my favourite! 4. Challenge yourself. Learn new songs. Find songs that you find challenging. 5. This option may depend, but, join a band. I first joined a band a year after I picked up the sax. I found it hard at first, but gradually started to settle in. I don't know if your school (that's if you go to a school bc I have no clue who you are hahaha) has a band, but if they do, ask to join. It doesn't hurt to ask. I'm in 2 bands now, and I'm loving it! You can learn from others in the band. 6. You can practice WITHOUT the saxophone, theoretically. You can learn your scales without your saxophone, and learn the key signatures (look up circle of fifths in google). [user=31657866]Young Composer 001[/user] [user=12735186]micah.chang[/user] What a great answer, thank you! [user=30468045]Lacy Watson[/user] I would try harder pieces that make you use a lot of your ability. That's what I did and I am 14 too! [user=29881599]S-t-r-a-n-g-e[/user] practice stupid [user=26939103]Adriev.oers[/user] How well can you play the sax, do you already have some diplomas [user=31657866]Young Composer 001[/user] [user=26939103]Adriev.oers[/user] Are there any criteria for say it??? For example, "Whiplash" is easy for me, something like "Running in the 90's" requires a little bit of practice; something like Flight of the Bumblebee requires a lot of practice. [user=30504237]ImSoSaxy[/user] Uhhhh... Press the keys, Make sure your reed is not broken, Try and play pieces that push your abilities to the limits. Try playing and memorizing pieces so well that you can play them without notes. [user=31824782]@libby.owo[/user] in what way do you want to improve? [user=31657866]Young Composer 001[/user] [user=31824782]@libby.owo[/user] technique and reading [user=31108406]Blazingburgers[/user] Take lessons or use youtube. Find audition pieces online and work on those [user=31108406]Blazingburgers[/user] Take lessons? Youtube? Equipment? [user=27831859]Faduku[/user] altisimo notes [user=20523596]OxaToad[/user] Trust me and get private lessons. You can only do so much learning by yourself or in a large group like school bands. You need a one on one with a private instructor. [user=31958726]scaseykopyc1[/user] Practice. Also, learn all your scales. When I say all, I mean ALL of them. Including F#/Gb [user=5590621]MSchieven[/user] I found that practicing more and more range helped me out when I was in your shoes. Good Luck [user=32029901]lukegutman141[/user] I started to "get good" on saxophone when I started challenging myself with music I found online. I would search up random songs and try to play as many as I could. [user=9713451]Superman9703[/user] Hey man. I was feeling the exact same thing that you are last year when I was 14. There isn't really some secret formula for improving, but here are some things that helped me. I tried to bump up the tempo of all of the scales I learned and even tried to learn more scales. I also went to my band directors to see if they had anything that I could do, and it was also around that time that I started privately studying with my saxophone teacher. It also might be that the repertoire that your band directors are giving you is too easy for you. If that is the case, then look on this site for some challenging pieces of literature, and I assure you that you will get better in no time with enough practice and diligence. [user=26946573]Steam Man Band[/user] I agree with OxaToad; private lessons are the way to go. I couldn’t really get private lessons at my high school, cus neither of the band directors majored in any woodwind. One was a drummer and the other is low brass, so I went back to my middle school director for private lessons and he was a big help. [user=31620139]landonroberts2[/user] try doing some rudiments for it that should help do all your major/minor scales and then sight read different pieces on here and if you wanna get really fancy you can learn how to transpose pieces or play pieces for an instrument in a different key than Eb or Bb (depending on if you play baritone sax which I do which is in the key of Eb, tenor sax Bb, alto sax Eb, soprano sax Bb, sopranino sax Eb) [user=31251844]3407381[/user] Try practicing everyday for at least one hour. I'm 13 and I've been playing alto since I was 11 and I've noticed a lot of improvement this year since practicing like this. Hope this helps! [user=27056456]Catloaf[/user] constantly try playing new pieces of music and practice often. I remember this one tip a man gave me recently, and it was to set your instrument in a common place around the house (if you own it or can bring it home of course). Every time you pass by the instrument or maybe when you have free time, a commercial break, etc. then play the instrument for like 5 or 10 minutes at a time. you would be surprised how much play time you can get in. Now what you play is up to you, and if your unsure about how to play a rhythm you can always copy it into muse score and see if that helps!