What you need – Saxophone Essentials
If you don’t already have a saxophone, we recommend an Alto Sax. It’s big enough for adults, not too big for children and is the least expensive option.
If you’re looking to buy an Alto, Yamaha Saxophones are one of the best choices. Yamaha also make intermediate and pro model Saxophones that are very popular. They’re not cheap though. Here is a list of less expensive saxophones that would work just as well for beginners, but you may later want to upgrade from.
Reeds: The sound from a Sax is created by the reed vibrating against the mouthpiece. Reeds have various “strengths”, a strength of 1.5 is usually best for beginners. Rico are a popular brand: Rico 1.5 Strength Reeds for Alto Sax (Pack of 3)
Tutor book: I’ve looked at and used several. I recommend Abracadabra Saxophone. Get the one with the 2 CDs. It’s not much more expensive and you’ll have backing tracks for each of the exercises: Rutland: Abracadabra Saxophone (Pupil’s book + 2 CDs) 3rd Edition
Other items: We use a padsaver. It helps absorb moisture from the pads after playing. After testing several a Hercules EZ-Safe Alto / Tenor Saxophone Stand – DS530B came out tops for Sax stands