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Which is best to start learning? Alto or Tenor Saxophone?

Which is best to start learning? Alto or Tenor Saxophone?

2020-04-28

You’ve decided to start learning saxophone – great! But which one should you choose?

Alto sax, tenor sax, even soprano and baritone – confusing, isn’t it?


What’s the Difference?

The alto saxophone, also referred to as the alto sax or alto, is a member of the saxophone family of woodwind instruments invented by Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846. It is pitched in E♭, and is smaller than the tenor, but larger than the soprano.

The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s. The tenor and the alto are the two most commonly used saxophones.

Size. The most obvious difference between the two instruments is their size. The tenor sax is slightly larger and heavier, while the alto sax is smaller, lighter, and more easily managed than a tenor. ... Since the alto sax is smaller, its notes are higher and brighter than those of the tenor sax.


All saxophones have the same finger system, and the same mouthpiece system – the main difference is size. But that can be super-important when it comes to how easy they are to play.


Soprano sax -is the baby of the family. It has a higher sound because it’s smaller. But, while it looks easy to handle, it’s also really tricky to play!


Baritone sax is the big daddy! It sounds super-cool but it’s also heavy and needs a lot of air. -not great for a beginner.


Alto sax is a great choice when you’re starting out. It’s compact and easy to handle, so perfect for younger players.


Tenor sax is bigger than alto but another really popular choice for a beginner player.


And don’t forget – once you’ve got your skills together you can expand your sax collection!


Tips for getting started

Buy the best sax you can afford, and get advice from XuQiu Musical Instrument.


Second-hand can be a great option, especially if it’s been well maintained.


Get great learning resources and support to develop your skills. 


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