My Instrument Info for Grade 7

The Instrument that I have chosen is the saxophone. Below is my research on how to open the case properly and knowing the names of the parts, how to assemble the saxophone, how to properly position a saxophone, how to make a sound, and lastly how to disassemble and clean the saxophone.

How to open the case properly and knowing the names of the parts:

Notes:

  1. make sure that the correct side of the saxophone case is on top (on most saxophone cases the name brand is printed on the top corner)
  2. the saxophone only had three parts: Mouthpiece, Neck, and Body
  3. Accessories inside the saxophone case: Neckstrap, Reed, Cleaning Swab, Cork Grease, and Mouthpiece Brush

How to assemble the saxophone: 

Notes:

  1. place mouthpiece cap over the reed
  2. to adjust the neck strap with one hand grab onto the plastic piece with your other hand pull the strap through
  3.  use your right hand to grab on to the bell of the saxophone (your fingers should go inside the bell)
  4.  Place the curve of the bell on your right leg/knee
  5. The saxophone and the bell are both pointed to your left
  6.  The side of the saxophone that has all the keys should be facing away from you
  7. halfway down the body, you should see a metal loop sticking out, that is where you attach the neck strap
  8. now pick up the mouthpiece and neck, then take off the mouthpiece
  9. loosen the screw on the top of the body (not too much)
  10. push the neck into the top part of the body with a back and forth twisting motion
  11. now tighten the screw to keep the neck in place

How to properly position a saxophone: 

Notes:

  1. You must always maintain a proper sitting posture
  2. Move your body a little bit to the right
  3. adjust the length of the neck strap, it should be fairly tight from your neck to your saxophone
  4. both your hand should be in a c shape
  5. below the neck strap, there is a thumb rest
  6. place your right thumb on the thumb rest
  7. going up the saxophone from the thumb rest there is your button, this is where you place your left-hand thumb
  8. it is best to hold the saxophone on the right side for beginners
  9. your right hand should push the saxophone forward and up to your lips
  10. you left hand should help balance the saxophone
  11. your head should be straight

How to make a sound: 

Notes:

  1. Curl your bottom lip over your bottom teeth
  2. Put your mouthpiece into your mouth (just under half the mouthpiece)
  3. Two front teeth are going to rest on the top of the mouthpiece
  4. Then close your mouth around the mouthpiece
  5. Make a little smile
  6. Start to push air through the gap between the bottom of the reed and the top of the mouthpiece
  7.  as you are passing air through the mouthpiece sightly bring a little bit of tension to your bottom lip and with your mouth a little bit of a squeeze

How to disassemble and clean the saxophone: 

Notes:

  1. Take off the reed by placing your thumb on the very bottom of the reed and then unscrew the ligature until it’s loose enough to move carefully lift it straight off and put down to the side
  2. Then grab it by the thick end you can take the reed off
  3. Grab the neck then gently twist the mouthpiece back and forth until it comes off
  4. Take the ligature and put it back on the mouthpiece then put the mouthpiece cap back on
  5. Unscrew the neck at the very top of the saxophone (don’t unscrew all the way)
  6. grab it from the safe spot and twist it back and forth and pull it up
  7. Unhook the saxophone from the neck strap
  8. Take the cleaning swab from the case and the put the metal side of the cleaning swab into the big open bell of the saxophone
  9. Let it drop down and put it as much of it in as you can then let the swab sit inside the bell
  10. Then carefully flip the instrument around so that the end of the swab can come out the part where we put the neck
  11.  Then carefully pull it through
  12. put the plug back on top of the saxophone and then tighten the screws (not too much but enough so the pieces don’t get lost)
  13. Then holding it by the bell carefully put the body of the saxophone in the case
  14. make sure you don’t forget any piece
  15. Then finally close the case

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