If you have played no wind instrument before, then it can be very puzzling knowing where to start. Here are a few tips to help get you off in the right beginner saxophone player.
Types of saxophones
There are four standard sizes of saxophones that you are likely to come across. Ranging from smallest to biggest, they are Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone. There are smaller ones too (Sopranino) and bigger ones (bass) but these really are specialist instruments for the more advanced player.
If you are a beginner saxophone player, then either the Alto or the Tenor is the best choice for you. All saxophones use the same key system so the “fingerings” or the way you play notes is the same with all of them. However, the alto and tenor are the easiest to get a sound out of when you are a new player. The tenor is larger and heavier than the alto, so is best suited to adults or taller students. For beginner saxophone players up to the age of 13/14, an Alto is the best choice.
Which brand should I go for?
There seem to be an endless number of instrument manufacturers these days. Besides the long-established major players like Selmer, Yamaha, Yanagasawa and Keilworth, there are now several Chinese manufacturers that are making good quality instruments for beginner saxophone players.
The major consideration really the price. Remember, even the major players manufacture their entry-level instruments in the Far East. Although considerably cheaper, many instruments from newer manufacturers will still provide many years of excellent service if regularly maintained. As you progress from being a beginner saxophone player to a more advanced musician, you will probably want to move on to a more advanced instrument, anyway.
What other equipment do I need?
So you have bought your new instrument–what else do you need to get started as a beginner saxophone player? The good news is that most instruments come with everything you need. The reed, which is very fragile, produced the sound of a saxophone. You will probably need to replace these frequently when you are getting started, so a box of these would be a good idea. There are many brands of reeds, but Rico’s size 1 ½ is great for beginner saxophone players. They should supply your new saxophone with a neck strap, although more comfortable ones are available. You will probably also enjoy having a saxophone stand so you can keep your new instrument out of the box, and a music stand.
How Can We Help?
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