Saxophone Background knowledge on your instrument.
History Developed in 1840’s by Adolphe sax Adolphe was a instrument maker 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.
He created several different sizes of saxophone Ranging from soprano to contrabass Adolphe sax’s patent ran out in 1866 there after saxophonist and instrument makers implemented their own enhancements.
Features Woodwind instrument because the sound waves are produced by an oscillating reed, not the player's lips Different pitches are produced by opening and closing keys. 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. 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. uses a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet Reeds made from Arundodonax cane.
Uses Originally used in Military bands Orchestra Most well know for it’s role in big band music and Jazz music. Usually used as a soloing instrument but some times can be found in a saxophone quartet.
Summary Hopefully this introduction to the Saxophone has given you the background information you needed to begin your learning journey on this instrument.