You’ve decided to start learning the saxophone…
But which type of saxophone? Would alto or tenor sax for beginners be best?
Alto vs tenor sax, soprano vs baritone – confusing, isn’t it?
In this video I share my top tips on choosing the best saxophone for you – and how to get started with your tenor sax or alto sax so you’ll make fast progress.
What’s the Difference?
The Saxophone Family has the same finger system (get our Finger Chart here), and the same mouthpiece system – the main difference between the two (alto and tenor sax) and other saxophones is size. But that can be super-important when it comes to how easy they are to play.
Soprano sax -is the baby of the saxophone family. The soprano saxophone has a higher sound because it’s smaller. But, while it looks easy to handle, it’s also really tricky to play!
Baritone sax is the big daddy! It sounds super-cool (think Lisa Simpson or Leo P) but it’s also heavy and needs a lot of air and not great for a complete beginner.
Alto sax is a good option for a beginner saxophone.The alto saxophone is a great choice when you’re starting out. It’s compact and easy to handle, so perfect for younger players. Playing alto is a bit easier because everything is a little bit closer together. It’s also easier to hold.
Tenor sax is bigger than alto but another really popular choice for a beginner player. The Tenor saxophone has larger reeds compared to the Alto saxophone. Tenor sax has a fuller, deeper sound while Alto sax has a higher-pitched sound.
And don’t forget – once you’ve got your skills together you can expand your alto and tenor saxophone collection!
Tips for Getting Started
Buy the best alto or tenor sax you can afford, and get advice from your local music store.
Second-hand musical instruments can be a great option, especially if it’s been well maintained.
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