How Do You Put a Saxophone Together?

Updated: May 28

How to Put a Saxophone Together

FIRST! There are several important things to keep in mind when you are putting your saxophone together:

  • Always place the case on a solid surface (floor or table) so that the case doesn’t get knocked over.

  • Do not aggressively grab the saxophone’s keys and fragile mechanisms. You can hold the saxophone by the bell, or by cradling the saxophone from the bottom, or carefully holding the saxophone near the reinforcing brace. When attaching the neck to the saxophone, don't grab or squeeze the neck and octave mechanism either.

Ok, let's get into it! Below we go into more detail on how to put a saxophone together, including how to put together a saxophone mouthpiece.

1. How to Put Together a Saxophone Mouthpiece

Here are the different parts of the saxophone mouthpiece setup:

The Parts of the Saxophone Mouthpiece

Steps to putting together the mouthpiece:

1. Slide ligature onto the mouthpiece (starting from the thin end of the mouthpiece). The larger end of the ligature slides on first and the screw(s) will go off to your right.

2. Slide the thick end of the reed under the ligature, with the flat side of the reed against the flat side of the mouthpiece.

3. Tighten the ligature only to the point that nothing moves or wiggles

Note that Lesson 1 of our free Saxophone Fundamentals Class goes into this in more detail, with a video walkthrough.

2. How to Put a Saxophone Together

First, here are the different parts of the saxophone:

The Parts of a Saxophone & Saxophone Accessories

Steps to putting together the saxophone:

1. Attach your neck strap hook to the metal loop on the back side of the saxophone
2. Loosen the screw that is at the very top, smaller end of the saxophone body (loosen but don't remove)
3. With the screw loosened, attach the neck to the top, smaller end of the saxophone body by wiggling it gently back and forth until it is all the way down.
4. Tighten the screw again, only to the point where the neck won't move or shift.
5. Attach the mouthpiece to the cork end of the neck by gently rotating/wiggle the mouthpiece back and forth until the mouthpiece is fully on the cork. Push it on far enough to be secure, but you don't need to go all the way down the cork. In the future you'll learn more about where to put the mouthpiece in order to play more in tuen.


Interested in further instruction? Take our free Saxophone Fundamentals Class

In our free Saxophone Fundamentals Class, you'll start from square one. By the end of the lesson, you'll have learned your first three notes and your first song.