How long do you practice playing saxophone every day? What do you practice every day?
Let me introduce a learning method. This is an exercise designed by jazz saxophonist Elic for music practitioners who want to reduce their training time. The point of this exercise is to create a daily practice template for the performer. I have always believed in practicing these two things: 1. Practicing the music itself, and 2. Being able to play an instrument more skillfully. Practice music is mainly to learn tunes, chords, improvisation, a variety of playing, sight reading and music performance and interpretation. These are very important. Another necessity is to master as much skill as possible in playing an instrument.
The more we practice, the better our performance will be. And the ability to control sound. Think marathon runners. They know everything about marathons, but if they don’t train or accumulate, they certainly won’t finish the race. So we need to use instruments to control the sound and breath and so on.
You can get unexpected results from this practice, especially if you play faster. Of course, to become a famous performer not only need to improve the speed of playing in practice, but also the ability to control the music. So I recommend practicing with a metronome.
With a metronome and this practice, you’ll quickly realize that your ability to control your instrument has improved.
Part I: Long Note Practice (about 5 minutes)
Set your metronome to 100 beats per minute. Start with a quarter note and a mediant. Take Saxophone, where Central C begins. Play every 8 beats down one note, breathe as few times as possible, but inhale as much as possible each time. When playing the lowest note, move up the middle note in the same way until you reach your higher register.
Part II: Colorful exercises (about 25 minutes) There are many ways to practice this part. Here is just one example. Set your metronome to between 100-140 beats per minute and one quarter note. Repeat each one twice, taking as few breaths as possible. The aim of this exercise is to improve the ability of control and the relationship between intervals.
Part III: Scales (approximately 30 minutes)
Start with C major and go up and down for each major. One quarter note, 160 beats per minute. Each scale is repeated four times, each time with a different pitch.
First Time: Full Wiring
The second time: Full Pronunciation
Third Time: First Two Notes Joined, Last Two Notes Pronounced
Fourth Time: First Two Notes Vomit, Last Two Notes Line
Part IV: Finger exercises (approximately 15 minutes)
Practice playing each piece four times, in a quarter note, 110 or 140 beats per minute. This part is played every time in the same way as the third part.
Part V: Transfer exercises (approximately 30 minutes)
Practice the tuning as required on the first sheet. The first sheet is marked and the last four are marked by yourself. Practicing will improve your solo skills. It is quite useful to play music later.
Part VI: Chord exercises (approximately 15 minutes)
On the basis of the fifth part of the method of shift according to the mark on the score practice. Try to reflect the note height in your mind. It can go beyond the given spectrum.