This is a public version of the members-only Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal.
Join Now

Basic Saxophone
Intermediate Saxophone
Advanced Saxophone
Exercise of the Week Archive
Lick of the Week Archive
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Jazz Sax Lessons: Head Angle

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials Quizzes
information below Close
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +

+Basic Saxophone

+Intermediate Saxophone

+Advanced Saxophone

+Exercise of the Week Archive

+Lick of the Week Archive

Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
Jazz Sax

This video lesson is available only to members of
Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Jazz Sax with Eric Marienthal. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Jazz Sax Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
A quickie lesson on your head angle,
your head position.
I can sum up the whole lesson in
a nutshell.
Rest your head on your
shoulders when you're playing,
the same way that you do when you're not.
So again, any motion of your head that's
extreme is gonna cut off the air,
so don't do that.
Make sure when you're playing that
your head is just in a comfortable,
not only comfortable position.
Actually sometimes a comfortable
position may not be the most,
how do you say,
the most physically ergonomic position.
But just make sure that it's, be aware,
whenever you're sitting,
like when I sit or stand, here's my head.
I'm not drooping.
I'm not looking to the sky.
I'm just doing what feels
like the natural position.
So that invariably is where your head
should be in order for the air to travel
through your throat, in the upper throat,
in the back of your mouth, and
out of your mouth into the horn.
Best position so that you're not
cutting off any of that air.
So just check this out real quickly.
So, and then in the neck strap lesson,
we talked about this a little bit too,
where you wanna adjust your horn to
your head, not the other way around.
So your head feels comfortable and boom.
So, that's actually
a good one right there.
So, make sure that's a good idea for
your neck strap as well.
So, head is comfortable, bring your horn.
[NOISE] So you're not having to do this.
[SOUND] Or you're not having to do this.
just comfortably straightforward.
So, again, don't adjust to the horn.
Adjust the horn to you and don't adjust
your head in any sort of way that's gonna
cut off the air cuz it's
all about the wind.
These are called wind instruments.
And so you wanna make sure that the wind
is being driven right to the horn,
and it's getting all of the wind
that it needs to play well.
There you go.