Saxophone<br />Background knowledge on your instrument. <br />
History<br />Developed in 1840’s by Adolphe sax<br />Adolphe was a instrument maker<br />Created an instrument with a single reed much like the clarinet but with a predominantly brass body and acoustic properties much like a clarinet and French-horn. <br />
He created several different sizes of saxophone<br />Ranging from soprano to contrabass<br />Adolphe sax’s patent ran out in 1866 there after saxophonist and instrument makers implemented their own enhancements.<br />
Description<br />The saxophone consists of:<br /><ul><li>conical tube of thin metal, most commonly brass and sometimes plated with silver, gold, and nickel
Bow</li></li></ul><li>Features <br />Woodwind instrument because the sound waves are produced by an oscillating reed, not the player's lips <br />Different pitches are produced by opening and closing keys.<br /> Brass is used to make the body of the instrument; the pad cups; the rods that connect the pads to the keys; the keys themselves and the posts that hold the rods and keys in place. <br />Since 1920, most saxophones have 'key touches' (smooth decorative pieces placed where the fingers touch the instrument) made from either plastic or mother of pearl.<br />uses a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet<br />Reeds made from Arundodonax cane. <br />
Uses<br />Originally used in Military bands<br />Orchestra<br />Most well know for it’s role in big band music and Jazz music.<br />Usually used as a soloing instrument but some times can be found in a saxophone quartet. <br />
Summary<br />Hopefully this introduction to the Saxophone has given you the background information you needed to begin your learning journey on this instrument.<br />
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