Flute/Flute/ Saxophone


What's the quickest amount of time to learn to play the saxophone if i already play the flute?
My school has a jazz band, and i really want to do it, but the problem is that i play the flute... Can I learn sax in a month if I can already play the flute Uber Uber fast?

Hi Brooke,

Thanks for your question.  If you already know how to play flute, then the fingerings for saxophone will come quite easy to you.  Google the Woodwind Fingering Guide, and you will find all you need to know there about fingerings.

The bigger issue is getting used to using a reed  and developing the correct type of embouchure.  If you can find a good saxophone teacher for your initial instruction, I think you can do it.  A month might be pushing it, in terms of getting a characteristic tone, but not impossible to get a good start if you practice every day and have good instruction.

Go for it!

Best Wishes,


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I feel very comfortable answering questions regarding classical music. This includes performance of music on woodwind instruments, theory, history, etc. I am happy to answer questions about careers in music and collegiate study. I am also able to answer simple questions in the field of Audio Engineering.


I have played the flute for 25 years. I am very active in professional music organizations, and I have had several students go on to successful careers.

I am currently a member of the Conductor's Guild, the National Flute Association, the American String Teachers Association, West Virginia Music Educators Association, and Ohio Music Educators Association.

I hold a bachelor of music education degree from The Ohio State University along with a business minor. I have a Master of Music degree from the same institution. I am currently a professor at a college in Florida.

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