Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Hold a Soprano Sax

The soprano sax is similar to a clarinet in how it is held. To find the correct position, it is important to know how to position your body for the best sound. The soprano sax has the highest pitch in the saxophone family. It requires a strong embouchure and steady and consistent breath support. It is important to take the time in the early stages of learning the instrument to master proper posture.

Step 1

Find the correct position for the mouthpiece by inserting the mouthpiece into your mouth at the very tip, covering about a quarter of an inch on the reed. The reed should be facing downward toward the bottom of your mouth.

Step 2

Hold the instrument so that it is approximately 30 to 45 degrees from your body, facing diagonally toward the ground.

Step 3

Place your left hand at the top of the instrument, with your thumb on the underside to help support the weight. The left-hand fingers should be positioned on the keys responsible for playing B, A and G.

Step 4

The right hand sits on the lower half of the instrument. The right thumb will rest on the thumb rest, and the other fingers curve around the top of the soprano sax. The right hand is responsible for playing the keys for F, E and D. The key on the back of the saxophone by the thumb rest will change the pitch up an octave.