Clarinet & Saxophone
1. Good working saxophone/clarinet
4. Cork Grease
5. #2, #2.5, #3 reeds, reed guard (4 to 5 reeds on a rotation system is the preferred method)
6. Method Book
7. Music Stand
8. End plug (for saxophone)
Maintenance and Care
1. Swab out after each use
2. NEVER bathe the instrument
3. Cork grease once a week
4. Store reeds in reed guard
5. Wash out mouthpiece in warm water once a week
ASSEMBLING THE SAXOPHONE/CLARINET
1. All parts of woodwind instruments should be connected with a gentle twisting motion. This includes, mouthpieces to neckpieces and mouthpieces to barrels—never shove.
2. Check that the ligature goes on correctly. The large end goes over mouthpiece first and the screws face the right side.
3. Insert the reed under the ligature and align the reed even with the mouthpiece. Tighten just enough to hold reed in place.
SETTING UP TO PLAY
1. Posture: Sit on the front half of the chair, feet flat on the floor, and upper body erect.
2. Breathing: INHALE so that you expand your beltline in your front, back and sides (think PEAR SHAPE when full). EXHALE by using your tummy to drive out a fast air column.
3. Embouchure (facial muscles): Curl lower lip slightly over lower teeth, point chin muscles down. Set corners of mouth firm, and rest upper teeth on top of the mouthpiece. DO NOT PUFF OUT CHEEKS.
1. Practice 4 to 5 times a week for 20 to 25 quality minutes.
2. Find a private spot in the house-free from distractions.
3. Find a consistent time for practice.
4. Use a music stand and a good firm chair.
5. During the day, to increase the chances of practice probability, your instrument can remain out of the case. Put your instrument in a safe place after practice--out of harm's reach. Never let little brothers and sisters or friends play the instrument.