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How to play the Alto Saxophone

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Music is a gateway to great life experiences and enjoyment. Playing music is a good outlet of one’s creative talents and emotions. Specifically the alto saxophone is a very expressive and vocal, especially compared to the other woodwinds. The saxophone was created by a Belgian inventor named Aldophe Sax in 1846. Of the saxophone family, alto saxophone is the middle child. Alto saxophones are set in the key of Eb. The saxophone is most usually affiliated with jazz and classical music, although it does make many appearances in other genres such as rock or pop.
 
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Step 1: How to put together an alto saxophone

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The alto saxophone is made up of four main parts. The big conical piece with a flared up bell is the body of the saxophone. This brass part is where the full sound of the saxophone is given and how notes, the buttons throughout the horn, can be changed. The second piece is the neck, which connects the mouthpiece to the body and also affects the sound of the horn. The third main piece is the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is usually made up of fiberglass or some sort of hard rubber. This connects to the reed, which I will talk about in a second, and creates the sound. The final piece is the reed. The reed is made out of reed cane and shaped to be used as the vibrating part of the instrument. This part vibrates very quickly, creating a pitch/note to be made and then transferred through the horn and into music.
You put the instrument together by attaching the wide part of the neck and inserting it into the smaller hole in the main body at the top and screw the neck screw hand tight. Second, the reed must be attached to the mouthpiece via a ligature, which is the circular metal or strap piece, by placing the thicker flat section reed on the flat part of the mouthpiece and lining up the thinner tip of the reed with the tip of the mouthpiece. Use the ligature to hand tighten the two pieces together. Once you have put together the mouthpiece and the reed into one part, attach the entire mouthpiece to the neck. The hole in the mouthpiece should be able to fit to the corked side of the neck easily. If it is hard to get on, use some cork grease as a lubricant. After you attach the neck strap to the saxophone and yourself, you have a put together saxophone, but this is only half the battle.
Bobey5 months ago
I play sax
RuskyD10 months ago
great site with plenty of good advice