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Woodbury Music Department: Saxophone

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Famous Musicians

John Coltrane

Charlie Parker

Sonny Rollins

Eric Dolphy (Dolphy was known to
play two saxes at the same time!!)

Famous Pieces

Pink Panther - Original Tenor Sax by Plas Johnson

Yakety Sax - Tenor Sax by Boots Randolph

Tequila– The ChampsWaiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones, Sonny Rollins, sax

Still Crazy (Paul Simon, Michael Brecker sax solo)

Famous People Who Played

Bill Clinton

Alan Greenspan

David Letterman

Pamela Anderson Jennifer Garner

Teddy Bruschi

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

Bob Hope

Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Getting a good sound:

•    The reed should be centered squarely on the mouthpiece

•    The tip of the reed should be level with the tip of the mouthpiece

•    You may find adjusting the ligature slightly up or down improves the air movement through the reed.

Mouth Position

•    Draw the lower lip back over the teeth

•    Rest the reed lightly on the lower lip

•    Make sure the jaw muscles are relaxed

•    The upper teeth rest gently on the mouthpiece - without biting!

The face should be thought of as a syllable of Poh, P O H, with a cushioned lower lip, corners firm but not taut, and a bunched chin.

Saxophone Jokes!

Q:What is the difference between Kenny G and a machine gun?

A:The machine gun repeats only 10 times per second. 


Q:Why did the lead alto player play so many wrong notes?

A:Because he kept ignoring the key signature-- he thought it was a suggestion.


Q:What's the difference between a lawnmower and a tenor sax?

A:1. Lawnmowers sound better in small ensembles.
  2. You can tune a lawnmower.
  3. The neighbors are upset if you borrow a lawnmower and don't return it.
  4. The grip.


Q:What are trumpets made out of?

A:Leftover saxophone parts.

Q:What is the difference between a saxophone and a trampoline?

A:You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline.