Woodwind Family / Alto Voice, Tenor Voice, Bass Voice
Saxophone is considered by many to be the easiest band instrument to learn in the first year.
Sax players who practice consistently tend to progress well ahead of the rest of the band in the first 6 months.
Saxophone in Band comes in 3 sizes, from smallest to biggest:
Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax.
The note reading, fingering and technique are all the same meaning Sax players can more effortlessly between the different sizes. It can take a small adjustment in lip tension and quantity of air, but students adjust very quickly. The bigger the saxophone, the lower in pitch it sounds.
Students who love that deeper rich sound will often begin on Alto Sax and progress onto Tenor and Baritone as their size and finger stretch permits.
- Hands are large enough to reach all keys
- Good Finger co-ordination and dexterity
- Willing to practice
Blow Test Achievements
- A clear tone is easily produced on the mouth piece
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
Oboe - Year 5+
Bassoon - Year 5+