Professional Woodwind Lessons Sutton
The Music Booth Academy

Learning to Play The Flute

Here at The Music Booth Academy, we understand that this instrument yields a pleasing tone the more you practice it and at first requires a lot of air until you get used to playing it. It is quite easy to obtain a note on it, and if you can blow across a bottle and get a sound, then you can get a note from the flute!  

They are quite cheap to purchase and it is easy to start off playing within group sessions. 

We advise short bursts of practice, say ten minutes at first, leave it for an hour and then try another ten minutes until the stamina improves;  it is very rewarding for the student because they make progress quite quickly and are able to cope with simple but known melodies within a few weeks of playing. 

It is light to carry unlike the bulky bassoon, and is easily assembled and takes little cleaning when you've finished playing.  Certainly in our teaching experience, we have found that those who choose to learn the flute progress just that bit quicker than any other woodwind instrument.

Learning to Play The Clarinet

Clarinets are not extremely expensive - you get "quite good" new instruments as well as a better but used one starting from about £150 rising, dependent on budget. 

Neither is the clarinet large or difficult to carry about. The instrument case fits into an ordinary rucksack - just discuss logistics with a bassoonist, a tuba-player or a drummer! 

A young child can start to learn playing the clarinet as soon as it has his/her adult teeth and their hands are big enough. Depending on your ambition and time invested in exercising (like an hour per day) you can learn enough in two years to be able to play in a beginners' orchestra or band.

Learning to Play The Saxophone

Learning & Playing the Saxophone, as you will slowly learn, (like almost everything involved in actually learning how to play) is understanding how to work the instrument, developing the muscles and technique to work its reed and keys, and a ton of practice.  These are aspects that cannot be taught by an instructor, but solely rely on you.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take lessons from a professional though.  If you have the budget, then you can get private instruction.  If you have access to a good teacher this can be the best way.  But group lessons can be very effective, especially early on. It depends on your childs  drive and how fast they want to progress. 

No matter what method, you have to remember that learning how to play the saxophone like any of the above instruments takes practice and you would progress when you put in the time.  An hour every day, with breaks in between is a good amount to start practicing.