The saxophone is a special type of instrument invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840s. The woodwind cum brass sax ensemble has sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone in the family group.
The saxophone is a transposing instrument with many keys of different sizes, and used to play various melodies of music ranging from classical, blues, folk and jazz, to mention a few. The most commonest of them is the Alto saxophone, pitched in the key of Eb. For notes agreement, while the Alto saxophonist plays on C major scale, the pianist (concert instrument-piano) will play on Eb major. The difference between the notes is three semitones.
Playing the saxophone requires more of energy and dexterity. The fluidity of notes and the use dynamics are ornaments for robust sound and excellent performance.
You’ve got to develop a good breathing technique and using appropriate reed of convenient inch to produce a quality sound. You could be playing out of tune, if the mouthpiece is wrongly placed; the reed is faulty or any of the keys and strings are out of position.
It is advisable to tune your instrument with the aid of a well-tuned piano. Developing your aural skills and tone quality should be a continuous work.
It takes time for you to learn and master the art of playing the saxophone. One has to learn good skills from an experienced sax teacher with much knowledge in the areas of classical and contemporary-creative music, such as jazz.
Aside giving absolute time for music study, you have to learn improvisation method, playing through the chords, creating melodies, and instrumental obbligato.
Music pieces are written on the staff. Therefore, a knowledge of sight-reading and rudiments of music is necessary, to enable you perform loads of music written by professional players around the world.
Good books: hard copies and online publications from trusted authors are available online. The book, ‘A New Tune A Day’ could be a starting point for the sax beginner.
Since saxophone is a solo instrument, it has the power to impart a listener, engaging the audience with brilliance skills by accessing the lower and topmost altissimo notes, practically using the octave key.