The baritone saxophone is the most common low sounding instrument of the saxopohone family (there is an Eb contrabass saxophone that is lower but rarely used). It is in the key of Eb which is the same key as the alto saxphone. In the music we play, it will often double the sound of the Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, and Tuba. The baritone saxophone is a very important instrument in the band family. it helps the band have a fuller and deeper sound. The baritone saxophone is also used in our Jazz Big Band.
Click on a scale button and hear how the baritone saxophone sounds. Each week we will learn a new scale. Press the button of the scale we are working on and listen. Play along and match the sound you hear.
- About the Saxophone -
The saxophone was invented in 1840 by Adolph Sax who was an instrument craftsmen from Brussells. He set out to create an instrument that used a woodwind mouth piece and a brass body. Although never really accepted in orchestral works the saxophone has been an integral part of the band reportoire. It is most strongly associated with Jazz Big Bands and Jazz music in general.
The Saxophone Journal (P.O.Box 206 Medfield, Ma. 020502) [dornpub.com] is a good magazine to learn more about the saxophone and keep up to date on the latest news and information.
- Saxophone Books -
The Art of Saxophone Playing-Larry Teal; Summy-Brichard Company
Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound - David Liebman; Dorn Publications
The Saxophone Manual-Larry Teal; Encore Publications
Daily Studies for the Improvement of the Saxophone Technique
The Jamey Abersold Series Vol. 24, 1, 21, 2, 54, 3, and 5. Get them one at a time. There are more than 80 volumes. Each include a CD with rhythm section accompaniments
Equipment: Good equipment is essential for easier, better playing, and most of all success. Here is a list of items for your consideration.
- Mouthpieces -
For begginners- (6th):
Selmer S-80 -opening C
Selmer S190 -$80.^
Jazz band Mouthpiece:
Meyer opening 5M
- Ligatures -
- Reeds -
Store in Reed holder not on your mouth piece!!!
Vandoren, Hemke, Rico Royal.
for Jazz -Vandoren Java
- Instruments -
Student models: YamahaYBS23, Bundy II
Intermediate models: Yamaha YBS52 of Allegro, Yanagasawa 901 or 902
Professional: YamahaYBS62, YamahaCustom, Selmer Super Action Series III, Yanagasawa 990or 992, Kielwerth.
- Maintenance -
Check for leaks every 6 months