Working on a better saxophone sound doesn’t have to be hard, boring work.

To be honest, nobody wants to spend loads of time playing dull exercises that aren’t fun. And if you aren’t motivated to practice, then….you just aren’t going to get better.

That’s not the point.

So in this lesson I’m going to show you 5 of my favourite tone building exercises.

The best part is these are fun to play and easy to do each day.

In fact, these are the exact exercises I have used for years to build a great tone on my sax and maintain it for my professional career.

Why should sax players develop their embouchure?

The key to a great sound on saxophone is a strong, fit embouchure. Also, having strong mouth muscles will let you get a wider range of tone, colours and expression from your saxophone.

It will even help you to play really loud (and very soft!)

So, it is essential for all sax players to spend time in every practice session on developing their embouchure.

Otherwise you will always be held back by the limits of your mouth muscles.

My 5 favourite tone building exercises for saxophone

Over the last 30 years of practicing I have found that the exercises that yield the best, fastest results for me are ones where I move in intervals.

So, my favourite tone building exercises use lots of intervals! This can be octaves, fifths or combinations of the two. Be creative!

Also, forcing myself to play at the extremes of my range at low and high volume really stretch my embouchure.

Watch the video below for the full run down of these 5 exercises:

Get the worksheet here:

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