alto saxophone is the melody player of the saxophone family but will often
double the french horn part in symphonic band music. It is in the key
of Eb which is similar to the Baritone Saxophone. The Alto Saxophone is
also played in our Jazz Big Band.
on a scale button and hear how the alto saxophone sounds. Each week we
will learn a new scale. Press the button of the scale we are working on
and listen. Match your playing to the scale 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
Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound - David Liebman;
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