Document 181758

How to Care for Your SaxoPhone (l)
Assembly: How to Put Your
Saxophone Together
Before you open your case, make sure that
it is right side up. Grease the cork on the
neckpiece so that the mouthpiece goes on
easily. Put the mouthpiece and reed on the
neckpiece. Place the neckpiece in the body of
the saxophone. To avoid bending the neckpiece, do not apply any downward pressure'
Ut" gentle rotating, twisting motion' The
octave key lever should go under the ring on
the neckpiece.
To tune the saxophone, adiust the length
of the instrument by moving the mouthpiece
in or out. lf you need to lower your pitch, pull
the mouthpiece out, making the saxophone
longer. lf you need to raise your pitch, push
the mouthpiece in.
When You Have Finished PIaYing
Remove your reed from the mouthpiece
and place it in a reed guard. This will extend
the I'ife of the reed. Leave the ligature on the
mouthpiece to keep it from getting bent, swab
out the mouthpiece, and be sure to replace
the mouthpiece cover on the mouthpiece'
Moisture left in the instrument after you
have finished playing will cause the pads to
deteriorate. Swab your saxophone out each
time you play. There are two kinds of swabs
available for the saxophone. The most common is a cloth attached by a string to a weight'
The weight is dropped through each section
and theiloth pulied through. The bther kind
of swab is a brush type that is pushed through
and left for storage in the body of the instrument and neck.
Always keep your saxophone in its case
when you are not playing it. To prevent
damage to the octave key lever, always replace
the end plug when you put your saxophone
away. Never prt anything into yourcase that
was not designed to hold because the pressure
from papers or music can bend the rods and
Wipe the keYs with a cloth to remove
finger marks and acid left by perspiration' This
acid will tarnish the metal if it isn't removed'
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How to Care for Your Saxophone (lll)
with the correct answer in the
Directions: Match each clue in the left column
to hold'
Never put anything in this that it was not designed
Rods might do this
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A. hip
B. brush
if papers are crammed into the case'
To prevent chipping, keep this on the mouthpiece'
C. case
do this to the
Before you put the mouthpiece on, you should
D. gentlY
once or twice a year you should apply this to key ioints
E. grease
F. end plug
C. cover
when the key
This is under each key to seal the tone hole
the saxophone against this-not your chair'
l. candy
key mechanism'
This cap helps prevent damage to the octave
J. polish
K. clean cloth
L. swab it out
You can use this to clean dirty pads'
This can scratch the surface of your saxophone'
you finish
You should do this to the saxophone every time
M. key oil
Never eat this before playing your saxophone'
Use this to wash and clean the mouthpiece'
Always remember that your saxophone is an
musical instrument and handle it with care'
@ 1gg2J. Weston Walch, Publisher
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How to Care for Your Musical lnstrument