Saxophone lessons come in all shapes and sizes.
Saxophone lessons are like ice cream – all ice cream is good, but some ice creams are better than others.
It’s the same for saxophone lessons.
Some saxophone lessons are better than others as well.
So, what should you be looking for if you are planning or have even started to learn how to play the sax ?
Personality Match. If you don’t like your saxophone teacher as a person, then chances are high that you’ll give up sooner rather than later. And that would be a tragedy ! Keep looking for a saxophone teacher until you find someone that you like.
Personality Traits. Find someone who is helpful, patient, is able to break down complex concepts (or songs) into simple components. If you get frustrated with your saxophone teacher because he or she can’t explain things in a way that makes it easy for you, then you are unlikely to enjoy your saxophone.
Being Organised. Your saxophone lessons should be organised and structured in a logical, well thought out order. They should make sense from the perspective of where you are in your saxophone journey. There is no point in trying to play “Flight Of the Bumble Bee” (a very fast song with a zillion notes) as a first song if you have never played music before ! You should be able to start at Step One, then move on to Step Two, then Step Three, etc, etc. You should find someone who can provide you with specific guidance and mentor-ship, who also has the organisational skills to make things easier for YOU.
Musical Styles. There is no point engaging the services of a saxophone teacher who cannot or will not help you play the type of music that YOU want to play. Imagine the frustration of wanting to play rock ‘n roll music, but your teacher only wants to play classical music. Or vice versa ! Imagine wanting to learn funk, or blues, from someone who thinks that relaxation music is the only way to go (or vice versa) ?!? A fantastic sax teacher will help you play YOUR favourite style of music. And they will enjoy doing it !
Enjoyment. Music should be FUN. Saxophones should be (and are) FUN. If your sax teacher makes you lose the will to live, then it is most definitely time to find another one.
Leadership and Guidance. Sometimes you need a hand because you don’t know what you don’t know. In this case, you need a leader who can offer suggestions. Other times you know exactly what you want but need guidance and pointing in the right direction. A great saxophone teacher should be able to do both.
Inspiration. If your saxophone lessons are boring, with no direction nor purpose, then what is the point ? You should be inspired by your teacher. They should be able to help you achieve YOUR musical goals in the fastest and easiest way possible. If you can’t look to your saxophone teacher for inspiration, then it is time to move on. Your saxophone teacher should work WITH you, encourage you, enthuse you, and constantly HELP YOU want to take your saxophone lessons and journey to the next level.
Saxophone Lessons should be a source of joy, of fun, of learning in a safe and friendly environment.
You should be able to go away from each lesson and be inspired to practice. Hopefully you should not be able to wait for the next one.
And, above all, don’t forget to Have Fun, Play Saxophone, Be Awesome and Repeat !
P.S. What do you want to get out of your saxophone lessons ? Let me know in the comments below.
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