Types of Saxophones

Learn the different types of saxophones as well as their purpose. Saxophones range in size with some of the largest being up to two meters long!

Soprano Saxophone
The soprano saxophone is a saxophone for proficient saxophonists. The soprano saxophone is a high-pitched instrument in the B flat key and has a difficult embouchure to master. If you're not an advanced saxophonist you may find this hard to learn at first. The soprano saxophone may either be curved or straight.

Alto Saxophone
This was a favorite of famous saxophone player Charlie Parker and had a heavy influence on the development of bebop. The alto saxophone is beginner-friendly. Though not a small saxophone, the alto is far from large, making its size appealing to new saxophone players. It is a curved saxophone in E flat and has a higher pitch than the tenor saxophone.

Tenor Saxophone
The tenor saxophone is popular in jazz music because of heavyweights like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. The tenor saxophone is a step up in terms of size from the alto saxophone. It has a large mouthpiece and is a bit more difficult to learn on than the alto saxophone, but still not as hard as the soprano saxophone.

Baritone Saxophone
The baritone saxophone is a large saxophone that can be intimidating to new saxophone players. In fact, it's so big that baritone saxophone players have to wear a harness to support its weight. A modification to the baritone saxophone is a horn extension, which pitches the baritone saxophone at a low A.

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