Saxophone Practice Tip:
12 Keys in 12 Days
The purpose of the 12 keys in 12 days saxophone practice tip is to make sure you’re proficient in all 12 keys.
This is a great saxophone practice tip that can help anyone to improve their saxophone technique and feel more confident in every key, not just your favorite 2 or 3 keys!
The idea is to work on many aspects of a single key for one day. The next day you move on to another key and do the same.
Many times in a practice session we try to hit everything and can skip or not even hit the most important areas which are our weak spots.
Sometimes when we practice bits and pieces out of different books and things it’s easy to get off track and not hit every exercise in every key. Also, most of us tend to not spend as much time, or even skipping over the harder keys.
In the video I cover a few basic but most important things we should be practicing every day until they’re second nature in our minds and in our playing. These include:
- key signature and relative minor
- practicing scales diatonicaly
- simple transposition
- best way to schedule your 12 days
I touch upon a few exercises in the video and as you progress you can add more of your own variations.
Don’t underestimate this valuable routine!
Spending quality time on just one key and not rushing through a bunch of them does make a difference.
Hit everything in one key then move onto another key the next day. In 12 days you’ll have practiced each key quite thoroughly. After this 12 day cycle start from the beginning again. It’s amazing how good you’ll get after just a few of these cycles!
Great Stuff Johnny – thanks for taking time out and sharing!
Everynow and then i get to listen to student performances on the Sax, and you can tell the ones that don’t practice their scales – practicing scales makes a huge difference to playing better in tune.
Thanks for this great practice tip!
That is a great way to learn the scales. Thanks! Now what about long tones? What tenor sax do you play Johnny?
At some stage i will try this out, each day i’ll just practice playing a different key going up and down its scale, then i will try and play blue moon in that key from memory