How to Play the Saxophone
Expert performance techniques
Alternate rapidly between two notes
There is a technique called "trilling" that allows musicians to embellish a melody by alternating rapidly between one pitch and the one just above it. The video below shows an example of trilling between F and F♯ using fingering.
Growl while playing
If you sing with your mouth on the mouthpiece, it produces a unique growling sound.
Change the tone with the position of the ligature
The ligature is normally secured by tightening a screw on the right, with the weight on the bottom, but by turning it 180 degrees and tightening it on the left, the weight is on the top and this allows the reed to vibrate more easily. This makes the sound a little brighter.
There are some saxophones that come standard with the weight on top and the screw on the right.