So you want to learn saxophone, eh?
There are many methods on how to learn. And this goes for both children and adults. I have spoken with many people who want to pick up saxophone later in their lives. Some pick it up again after a twenty year hiatus and others start fresh. If you have the patience and determination, you can definitely learn saxophone too.
What do you need to do to learn how to play sax? First, consider the instruction method. Would you like some one-on-one saxophone lessons? If you have the budget, then you can get private instruction. If you have access to a good teacher this can be the best way. But group lessons can be very effective, especially early on. It depends on your drive and how fast you want to progress.
Some aspects of playing sax, you can learn on your own. There are many method books and articles written. If you’re into smooth jazz or salsa or bebop, then you can choose songbooks that feature these styles. You can also try out completely new things. Some books come with CDs that have examples and rhythm sections to back you up.
Getting the help of a close friend who knows how to play sax already can help you a lot too. It could possibly be more comfortable. You shouldn’t get anxious in that situation! They can teach you how to hold the saxophone, how to play some notes, and get you started with reading.
No matter what method, you have to remember that learning how to play the saxophone takes practice. And you would progress when you put in the time. An hour every day, with breaks in between is a good amount to start practicing.