Taming The Saxophone: the ultimate saxophone site

Web Name: Taming The Saxophone: the ultimate saxophone site

WebSite: http://www.tamingthesaxophone.com





Skip to contentFollow: All profit to charity Currently: £97500 - INFO

Who’s in charge: you or the saxophone?

Discover the Saxophone

Articles, resources history, reviews, acessories, players, maintenance…



Tame Your Saxophone

Over 100 tutorials and exercises for beginners to advanced.

Intermediate PatternsTone & EffectsJazz, blues & rock improvising

Visit our online shop

Loads of stuff in our online shop: Books, CDs, downloads, DVDs, mouthpieces, collectibles… more…

Pete Thomas

Pete is a professional player and TV/Film composer who has featured with REM, Elton John, Joe Jackson, Fats Domino.

He has been taming wild saxophones for 30 years and shows you how to start out if you are a beginner, or how to improve if you are already more advanced. View more…

Our lively discussion forum where saxophone players come to meet and greet, ask questions. You can just say a “hello” or ask about what’s been nagging you. Somebody in the Café will be able to help.
Signup now!


We have raised over £90,000 in the last 10 years, for which I’d like to heartily thank everyone who has donated or bought something from the store. All profits are donated towards special needs music programmes. Fundraising Info

TTS Customer Reviews

Hi Pete! I came here for some sax mic tips, and ended up perusing your whole super hip website! Thanks for being so cool and keep on keepin on!
– matt mahaffey

Absolutely loving the books and will be looking at purchasing volume 2 soon, thank you for sending over these, love the website too, a mountain of information to work through!– Kevin

“A great book, I use it every day to keep the chops in order”

– Bobby Wellins 

(Yes THE Bobby Wellins! – Bobby was one of the leading figures of the UK jazz scene. Featured with the Stan Tracey band

I’ve been playing two years now, on a variety of alto saxophones and mouthpieces and just received the Onyxite PPT Alto MP in 6**  tip opening for my birthday today.

Typically, I started two years ago with the MP which came with my Jupiter 565-567, then a Yamaha 4C which was OK, then tried a Selmer C* which I didn’t get on with, nor a Runyon 22 6, and latterly a Bari Esprit II which is very good for a beginner, keeping the notes in tune with its fairly narrow tip opening.
I also tried three D’Addario MPs in 5, 6, & 7 openings recently but none of them suited me.
The Bari was replaced a few months ago with a Yamaha 6CM with 1.9mm tip opening as this gave me a jazzier sound with my favourite Rico Jazz Select 2S filed reed. This combo sounded great on my newly acquired Yamaha YAS-62 MkI “Purple Logo” (which came with the 6CM) but not quite so good on my Buffet SDA which I’d played for around a year prior (I’ve been through a good few horns on my short sax journey!).

So today I put an RJS reed on the new PPT (her name is Poppet!) and tried this combo on the 62. A little worried by its wider 2.1mm tip, I took my first breath and played… WOW!!!!! Suddenly I’m a professional!!!!!!??
I switched back to the 6CM to check… had I really been happy with its sound? Yes, I guess… but now IT HAS TO GO IN THE BIN!!!

“Blown” away by my new sound, admittedly with a few “getting used to it” squeaks here and there, I thought I’d give it a go on the Buffet, having tried and tried with other mouthpiece/reed combinations to get a jazzy sound out of what is sometimes described as a more classical instrument.

Oh WOW even more!!! This MP has transformed my SDA into a 62 Purple Logo! In fact, it is absolutely perfectly controllable on this horn without a squeak or bum note. This IS the holy grail MP for my SDA!!

And LOUD! On both horns I could blow as hard as I can and the sound kept coming.

I tried some other reeds, around a dozen different ones, but the RJS 2S filed is the best so far for me. I think the squeaks on the Yamaha horn are down to the wider tip and should come good with a few more hours. Talking about hours… my mouth aches! I’ve been playing for three hours and didn’t want to put this MP down! Don’t panic though, it’s an easy blow. I just spent too long testing it!

At £195 it’s over ten times what I paid for the Bari but for me it represents excellent value, just for the fun I’ve had today, let alone the rest of my playing life

Dave Chapman

“Thanks for your Taming the Saxophone book. Lots of great stuff in their for both myself and my students – I sure wish I’d had the book fifteen years ago!”

Dan Forshaw

THANK YOU, I just downloaded the folder. I’m very grateful.
Yesterday the cd came by post and I and my Wife are listening constantly and still – beautiful phrases and sound.
I am a teacher of the Polish language, I am 56 years old, I play the saxophone from the 5th month.
I love it, thank you! – Szymon Malecki

Message: Just to say thanks for your speedy delivery of Taming The Saxophone book which I ordered only a few days ago and arrived today, and to say what a great book it is.

I love the way it’s laid out, progressing from scales through chord progressions…. I’m sure this book is going to help me be a better player. Thanks again.

Peter Boyd


Hot Topics – Lessons & Resources

AltissimoBasic ImproBasic ChordsFingeringFirst NotesTone!IntonationLearn to PlayR & B PlayersGrowlVideo LessonsReed Care

What you can buy:

Pete devised and presented a saxophone instruction DVD for Virgin Music (over 20,000 copies sold worldwide). You can also buy his hand made mouthpieces, CDs, sheet music and the now infamous Taming the Saxophone books of saxophone techniques.

All profit from taming the saxophone is donated to charity More Info


Beginners Downloads (Free)

£0.00Buy a book, this is included free

Vol 3 Patterns & Licks

£16.95Add to cart

Vol 2 Beginners Impro

£16.95Add to cart

Vol 1: Tone Without Tears

£16.95Add to cart

PPT Tenor Mouthpiece

£215.00£265.00Select options
Follow: All profit to charity Currently: £97500 - INFO


Mailing List

Contact usPrivacy PolicyCookie PolicyTerms & Enquiries

More from Pete Thomas

Jazzy Production Music
© Pete Thomas 1999 - 2022
© 2022 Taming The Saxophone • Built with GeneratePress
We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. By clicking “Accept All”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. However, you may visit "Cookie Settings" to provide a controlled consent.Cookie SettingsAccept AllManage consent

Privacy Overview

This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience.FunctionalFunctional cookies help to perform certain functionalities like sharing the content of the website on social media platforms, collect feedbacks, and other third-party features.PerformancePerformance cookies are used to understand and analyze the key performance indexes of the website which helps in delivering a better user experience for the visitors.AnalyticsAnalytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.AdvertisementAdvertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns. These cookies track visitors across websites and collect information to provide customized ads.OthersOther uncategorized cookies are those that are being analyzed and have not been classified into a category as yet.NecessaryAlways EnabledNecessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. These cookies ensure basic functionalities and security features of the website, anonymously.CookieDurationDescriptioncookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Analytics".cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional11 monthsThe cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category "Functional".cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".cookielawinfo-checkbox-others11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Other.cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance11 monthsThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Performance".viewed_cookie_policy11 monthsThe cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin and is used to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.SAVE & ACCEPT <script data-no-optimize="1" defer>!function(t,e){"object"==typeof exports&&"undefined"!=typeof module?module.exports=e():"function"==typeof define&&define.amd?define(e):(t="undefined"!=typeof globalThis?globalThis:t||self).LazyLoad=e()}(this,function(){"use strict";function e(){return(e=Object.assign||function(t){for(var e=1;e

TAGS:Saxophone The Taming the

<<< Thank you for your visit >>>

Websites to related :
Crones Counsel | Annual gatherin

  ⠀Crones CounselAnnual gatherings about womenMenuSkip to contentHome2022 RegistrationAbout UsMother Board &#038; LeadershipWho is Crone?FAQSister Site

Orthesen-Konfigurator von FIOR &


Canoes of the Marshall Islands -

   Toggle navigation HomeSailingTraining ProgramCo

The Thirsty Hippo


YOGA8sam Yogalehrer Ausbildung T


Unique things to do, see and exp

  ArtMusicEat/DrinkActiveWild CardBy NeighborhoodDowntown + MidtownJC + McDonaldRailroad Square + West EndRoselandSofA + BurbankSouthparkNortheastNorthw


  Contactez-nous Langue English

Niabi Zoo - Connecting the Quad

  We are now closed on Mondays. Please come visit us Tuesday-Sunday during regular business hours!(dismiss) AboutMissio

About-the-chamber | Milan Chambe


Spray On Thermal Insulation - Ac

   READILY AVAILABLEICC&rsquo;s spray applied thermal and acoustical materials are readily available for


Hot Websites