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Introduction To The Saxophone

By January 18, 2017saxophone articles

What Attracted You to the Saxophone?

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I’ve been asked this question many times. Well, for me it was the sound of course. Next to the human voice, I think it’s one of the most expressive instrument and the one that closest resembles the human voice.

Like our voices the sax, or should I say the saxophonist is capable of producing an extreme range of sounds from sad, haunting dark tones to uplifting screams of laughter. I don’t think anyone played the tenor saxophone with a more beautiful tone and expression than Ben Webster. His sound is distinctive and the way he played those beautiful, low, breathy notes.

A Few Audio Examples

Listen to a few saxophone examples of very different sounds that a saxophone is capable of.

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Lush and Beautiful (Ben Webster)

“Makin’ Whoopie”
From the recording Soulville

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Screams

From the recording Rock & Roll Saxophonist

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Laughing

excerpt of “Chompin’ At The Bit” from the recording “Rock & Roll Saxophonist”

You can’t get a better laugh out of another instrument. This is one of my favorite gimmicks.. hey, the kids love it. By the way, in the laughing example above “Chompin’ At The Bit” my sax is going through a wah-wah pedal, in case you’re wondering what that weird sound is.

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History of the Saxophone Part 1

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