What are the best resources for learning to play the saxophone?

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    #1[TUTORIAL] How to Play the Saxophone

    [TUTORIAL] How to Play the Saxophone
    This video playlist by Howcast teaches you how to play the saxophone, from what are a saxophone's parts, to dynamics, rhythm exercises, and more.
    Videos

    Free

    Paul Meyer
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "Yes, the video playlist does instruct the viewer on how to play the saxophone. It begins with the basics of the instrument and then makes its way into actual instruction. I've used YouTube to help me change out my own brakes, so I understand how useful it can be for people who want to learn how to do something themselves. It also saves a lot of money by allowing you to not need to pay for someone to teach you."
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    #2Tenor Saxophone Lessons For Beginners

    Tenor Saxophone Lessons For Beginners
    Tenor Saxophone Lessons For Beginners is a course that takes the guess work out of how and what to practice. This program for beginners comes with specially designed practice videos in each lesson.
    Course

    $95

    Olivia Ferguson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Learning a new instrument is never easy, but this course was awesome when I needed some beginner instruction. I found the price to be a bargain for 3 hours of information. I really appreciated that I could pull this up on my television or mobile, depending on where I was at. "
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    #3Learn As You Play Alto Saxophone

    Learn As You Play Alto Saxophone
    Learn As You Play Alto Saxophone is a book from the Learn as You Play Series (LAYP). It gives you all the necessary knowledge to play the saxophone while actually playing the instrument so you don't get confused by theory without practice.
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    Christine Reyes
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "Learn As You Play Alto Saxophone made learning easy and fast. I highly recommend this product for practice and knowledge."
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    #4Master the Saxophone

    Master the Saxophone
    Master the Saxophone is a course available at Udemy that will help you master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great saxophonist. It also includes some useful music theory, musicianship skills, and sheet music for each lesson.
    Course

    $50

    Ethan Perry
    Written on April 15, 2017
    "Growing up as a child, I've always wanted to learn how to play the Saxophone. I have the motivation now to learn it so I set out on a search for resources for learning to play the Saxophone. I came across this online course called, "Master the Saxophone". While this was a well done lesson it was a little to advanced for me. It's only useful for people who have some ability to play the instrument. It is not meant for beginners."
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    #5Learn to Play Saxophone!

    Learn to Play Saxophone!
    Learn to Play Saxophone! Book 1: A Carefully Graded Method That Develops Well-Rounded Musicianship Kindle Edition by Frederick Jacobs contains knowledge written by instrumental specialists that emphasize good tone production, build a strong rhythmic sense and develop well-rounded skills.
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    Phillip Thomas
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "I use this for my music class, and the students respond to it better than my old lesson book. The exercises recommended seem to allow the students to learn faster."
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    #6[TUTORIAL] How to Play the Saxophone

    [TUTORIAL] How to Play the Saxophone
    This is a video playlist by Join The Orchestra that teaches you all the basics you need to know to start playing the saxophone.
    Videos

    Free

    Michael Patel
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I used the Join The Orchestra playlist to teach myself how to play the saxophone. I didnt have a lot of time to learn between work and raising the kids, but I could learn at my own pace and in my own free time with this playlist. I progressed very quickly."
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    #7McGill Music Sax School

    McGill Music Sax School
    McGill Music Sax School's YouTube channel has different playlists that can help you learn to play the saxophone, from lessons, to daily tips and inspiration.
    Videos

    Free

    Luis Alberto Esparza
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I am a busy Mom of 2 kids who has always had a secret desire to play the saxophone. I love jazz music and have secretly wanted to become a musician for many years. I decided recently that I would take the plunge and purchase a sax and then start taking lessons online as they were more convenient for my busy schedule. I found McGill's and gave it a try and quickly was not impressed with the outcome. Although I know the teachers were knowledgeable, I was not able to learn well in the virtual setting. Not for me, but give it a try!"
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    #8Learn to Play Saxophone

    Learn to Play Saxophone
    Learn to Play Saxophone: Beginner to Pro in Under Four Hours is a Udemy course that will help you master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great sax player.
    Course

    $50

    Sandra Ellis
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "While not the best resource (and certainly not the cheapest, since you have to pay for Udemy lessons) this is a fairly good way to learn how to play! That said, I'd personally stick to YouTube videos and your local library before I'd pay a cent to Udemy."
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    #9Better Sax

    Better Sax
    This is a YouTube channel dedicated to providing lessons, tips, and strategies for saxophone players.
    Videos

    Free

    William Diaz
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I've always wanted to play an instrument, and i ended up choosing the Saxophone. Better Sax is a great alternative to getting one on one lessons. Not only did it give me online lessons, but it also provides apps and suggestions for buying new pieces to my instrument. I'd definitely recommend Better Sax to anyone wanting to learn to play the Saxophone."
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    #10Learn to Play Sax

    Learn to Play Sax
    Learn to Play Sax by Ollie Weston provides the beginner sax player with all the knowledge required to get started. With illustrated lessons, readers will learn to hone their skills to play in a variety of styles, from funk and pop to soul, jazz, and blues.
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    Scott Chavez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I don't think this is the best resource for learning to play the saxophone, because I do not believe that a book is the best medium to learn an instrument. It does seem to be pretty thorough and has a disc with it, but I have a hard time saying that a book is the best way to learn. I think a video series would be much more effective to meet this goal."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning to play the saxophone
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1[TUTORIAL] How to Play the SaxophoneVideos 23 Free
2Tenor Saxophone Lessons For BeginnersCourse 19 Paid
3Learn As You Play Alto SaxophoneBooks 17 Paid
4Master the SaxophoneCourse 15 Paid
5Learn to Play Saxophone!Books 12 Paid
6[TUTORIAL] How to Play the SaxophoneVideos 10 Free
7McGill Music Sax SchoolVideos 8 Free
8Learn to Play SaxophoneCourse 6 Paid
9Better SaxVideos 4 Free
10Learn to Play SaxBooks 1 Paid
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