Learn How to Play the Saxophone with Jefferson Yap

If you want to learn how to pay the saxophone, you can do so with one of the most prolific saxophonists in Singapore, Jefferson Yap. He runs a website that helps people learn all about saxophone playing from the beginner stage to advanced levels of the jazziest and sexiest of musical pieces. Mr. Yap is known for his vast repository of knowledge when it comes to saxophone-based education. He coaches people on the intricacies of sax playing with articles, videos, walkthroughs, and extensive tutorials. When starting out, we will typically get stuck with a cheap sax horn in order to up our newbie or novice tendencies from destroying a more expensive instrument. It’s like a bamboo stick practice sword versus a real (and expensive) samurai sword.

Dealing with Practice Saxes

* Practice saxophones are the worst because of their cheap plastic mouthpieces that make them feel like toys. A novice should learn to deal with such a tough sax to play so that when their lips finally wrap around the mouthpiece of a real sax, they’ll immediately feel the difference and apply their long practice runs on a worthwhile instrument. The sound coming out of a crappy mouthpiece is not exactly the best in the world, though.

* You might need to buy a practice sax with a better mouthpiece so that you can end up with something worthwhile to play. The mouthpiece is quite important because it’s what forms the sound from the saxophone along with the embouchure and reed. Many good mouthpiece makers utilize a numbering system to showcase the range of the tip’s opening, from wide to narrow mouthpiece sizes.

* If you want a brighter sound, you should go with a wide opening. If you wish for a darker sound instead, then your best bet is a narrow opening. For beginners who lack the skill to showcase nuance from their playing, anything extremely wide or narrow will make it difficult to produce a good sound. A medium opening serves as the perfect mouthpiece for beginner sax players while advanced or expert players can play a sax amazingly well regardless of mouthpiece size.