The saxophone is a member of the metal wind instrument family.
It has a single reed and like other single reed instrument sound is produced when a reed on the mouthpiece vibrates to produce a sound wave inside the instrument body.
The saxophone has a conical body and consists of four fundamental parts: the neck, the body, the U-shaped bow, and the round, flared bell.
Age of the saxophone
The idea of the saxophone was conceived in the 1840’s by Adolphe Sax whose idea was to combine the best qualities of a woodwind instrument with the best qualities of a brass instrument. The saxophone was patented in 1846.
The saxophone is made of brass. Some saxophones are gold plated or silver plated, but underneath the plating is brass.
What is a saxophone player called?
Saxophone players are called saxophonists.
The saxophone is only one of a few instruments still used today known to be invented by a single individual. His name is Adolphe Sax: that is why it is called the saxophone.
Charlie Parker is praised as the greatest saxophone player in history. John Coltrane is cited as the greatest tenor sax player with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
Types of saxophones
There are 14 types of saxophones, however today only 6 are widely used. In pitch order from high to low, they are the sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass.
Renting a saxophone from Presto Instruments is very easy! The expense of purchasing your own instrument can be quite daunting which is why renting a saxophone from us can give you the chance to try it out without the commitment of purchasing your own instrument.
Once you complete the rental process, your saxophone will be delivered direct to your door. Our beautifully presented, quality instruments are checked over and professionally cleaned so that you can begin your journey of learning the flute with complete confidence.
Please click the “rent a saxophone” button below for pricing and registration.
Here are some videos that will help you get ready before your first saxophone lesson.
How to correctly assemble your saxophone
How to make a sound on the saxophone
Playing your first notes on the saxophone
If there are any other tutorial videos that you would like to see, please send us a message via the contact us page and we will do our best to find or produce a video to add here.