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Beginning Sax – How long will it take me to get good on saxophone?

Another question that Randy Hunter has heard from many saxophone students is about how long it will take to get good at playing saxophone.  Randy teaches sax at Emory University, he has written books and lessons specifically for beginning sax players. His lessons and books are available through Sax Station-Beginning Sax Lessons


This question is relative to your expectations and practice commitment. First, you should realize that you will be a sax player for life. The most enjoyable part of playing sax is the journey. You can excel and improve for the rest of your life.

If you make a regular practice commitment of 30 minutes, 4 or 5 days a week, there is no reason you can’t have fun, and notice significant progress over just a few months. Many students are capable of playing some basic familiar tunes in just a few lessons.
Of course, reaching a professional level of proficiency requires deep commitment over a number of years. This is the case with any worthy endeavor.
Learning saxophone is similar to mastering anything else.  Consistent practice done the right way will make you get better.  In the beginning it seems like you progress faster because you are learning new notes on the saxophone, new ways of writing music on the page, so it will seem as if your progress slows sometimes.
Randy Hunter
Jazz Saxophone Instructor
Artist Affiliate
Emory University
Author: “Beginning Saxophone: The Jazz Approach”
Author: “Complete Jazz Styles” etude, duet, and jazz combo books
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  1. Haley Stout says:

    Hello. I am a Double French Horn player put have recently been thinking about learning sax for fun. Do you think that I would be able to do this? Thanks!

  2. Dan medlen says:

    Hi there… Which would you say is easier to learn…. Soprano or Alto. I’m currently learning soprano and not sure if ive made the right choice…. Help…….

  3. I am a trumpet player and wanted to learn how to play the saxophone and was wondering how long it would takr

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