Alto

The alto saxophone is the most widely seen and played saxophone in the world of music. It is such a fun instrument to play, its size fits perfectly in the average sized persons hands and is medium in weight for a musical instrument. I played the alto saxophone for two years in high school beginning my junior year. I loved it so much, that I was moved to first chair in just my second year ever playing an instrument. (Although I have to admit, when I first began, I could not figure out why I was in so much pain playing it...until the band instructor informed me that I had the mouthpiece upside down. After that playing came naturally easier!)

Alto Saxophones

Alto SaxophonesWow, what a breathtaking instrument! Just look at the beautiful curves and shapes in this alto saxophone. Makes me want to pick one up right this second and start playing. Just looking at that image of the alto sax above, I can hear its tone in my head now. I think I see David Sanborns reflection in that silver! ;)

In the family of woodwind instruments, the alto saxophone is a variety of the saxophone invented by Adolphe Sax. Of the ten sizes in the saxophone family, the alto is the 3rd smallest. The alto is also the second most common size of saxophone, and is the type most commonly included in classical compositions.

Because of its prevalence, the alto saxophone is the most common choice for beginners learning to play the saxophone. The second most common saxophone used by beginners is the tenor; teachers often suggest either an alto or a tenor for a beginner depending on their physical size, as well as their preferences.

The saxophone had to wait many years before its potential was recognized. It gained its reputation in American jazz movement, and since been become more and more popular.

Notable alto saxophonists include jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Konitz, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Phil Woods, and Paul Desmond, and classical musicians Marcel Mule, Sigurd Raschèr, and Eugene Rousseau. The alto saxophone is included in classical music more often than the tenor. The alto has great versatility and is used commonly in jazz, blues, pop, concert, funk, marching bands, and rock music.

Some companies that currently produce saxophones are Buffet Crampon, Cannonball, P.Mauriat, KHS/Jupiter, Selmer, Yamaha, Leblanc/Vito, Keilwerth, and Yanagisawa. New alto saxophones range in price between US$200 for lower quality student models to over US$7000 for professional models. Used models can be much lower, unless looking at vintage alto saxophones.

Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Alto Saxophone MINT QuinnTheEskimo
Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Alto Saxophone MINT QuinnTheEskimo
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Yanagisawa A-9933 Alto Saxophone SILVER BELL BRAND NEW QuinnTheEskimo
Yanagisawa A-9933 Alto Saxophone SILVER BELL BRAND NEW QuinnTheEskimo
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Yanagisawa A-9937 Alto Saxophone SOLID SILVER BRAND NEW QuinnTheEskimo
Yanagisawa A-9937 Alto Saxophone SOLID SILVER BRAND NEW QuinnTheEskimo
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Yamaha YAS-82ZIIB Custom Z Alto Saxophone BLACK LACQUER MINT QuinnTheEskimo
Yamaha YAS-82ZIIB Custom Z Alto Saxophone BLACK LACQUER MINT QuinnTheEskimo
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Yamaha YAS-200AD Advantage Student Alto Saxophone EXCELLENT! QuinnTheEskimo
Yamaha YAS-200AD Advantage Student Alto Saxophone EXCELLENT! QuinnTheEskimo
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Yanagisawa A-992PG Bronze Alto Saxophone PINK GOLD PLATED BRAND NEW QuinnTheEski
Yanagisawa A-992PG Bronze Alto Saxophone PINK GOLD PLATED BRAND NEW QuinnTheEski
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Kohlert 57 Alto
Kohlert 57 Alto
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Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone Jubilee Edition
Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone Jubilee Edition
$2,800.00 (1 Bid)
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2005 Selmer Paris Reference 54 Tribute to Bird Hummingbird Alto Saxophone
2005 Selmer Paris Reference 54 Tribute to Bird Hummingbird Alto Saxophone
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CANNONBALL BIG BELL STONE SERIES TENOR SAXOPHONE BRAND NEW!! 2 NECK+ ACCESSORIES
CANNONBALL BIG BELL STONE SERIES TENOR SAXOPHONE BRAND NEW!! 2 NECK+ ACCESSORIES
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Alto — 2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Alto Saxophone For Beginers | Tayside Music

  2. I would love to know the price of a new beginner sax, and how i can perfect it, i wanna try my best to make my dream come true.

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