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Encouraging my son to work at the saxophone
Published on December 5, 2005 By singrdave In Parenting
It is so tough to keep my son, Benjamin, focused and motivated to practice his saxophone. He recently took up the tenor sax and it's very daunting for him. Mostly because he's such a perfectionist! He feels like he should already be able to play every note without any errors. He feels like he should get the sax to play "Greensleeves" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" just like it's supposed to.

He also feels behind the other kids, since we moved into the school district in October and most kids got a couple of months' extra practice.

So I tried to tell him that everyone needs to practice! Everyone needs to try hard and work at what is really important. I used the example of athletes: they work and work at their craft for hours and hours a day in order to get good. He shouldn't get frustrated because he can't do something. He should work hard and he will get better.

Any advice? Motivating lessons? Anecdotes?

on Dec 06, 2005
Sorry, as a musically inept person, not really any advice.  But tell himn I think the Sax is the best instrument there is, sound wise!  If he keeps it up, I will pay to hear him play!
on Dec 06, 2005
We'll see how he does, tonight is his school's Christmas... oops, I mean, winter concert.
on Dec 07, 2005
Excellent concert. I was very impressed. Ben did an amazing job considering he'd only had about three weeks' practice on the alto sax. Oops, I messed up before. He plays the ALTO SAX.
For an elementary school band of 3-5th graders, it was pretty darn okay.

And I'm not just saying that 'cause I'm his dad.
on Dec 08, 2005

Oops, I messed up before. He plays the ALTO SAX.

As I said, the Sax is my favorite instrument.  That means it is also the most abused!  That he did ok means he did great!  My compliments to your son!