Woodwind

The Alto Saxophone

The alto saxophone is quite a big instrument and players need to not only be able to physically manage the weight of the instrument while standing, but also have hands large enough to fit around it.  

Smaller children should consider starting on another instrument and then swap when they are older.  

Alto saxophones are most commonly asscociated with big band, swing, jazz and blues music. However, saxophones can also be found in classical settings such as concert bands and orchestras.

Check out the links below for lots more useful information.
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Alto Saxophone History

The alto saxophone is a member of the woodwind family and was invented in 1846 by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker. He wanted to develop an instrument loud enough to compete with brass instruments but to be played like a woodwind instrument. 

The sound is produced by a small, thin piece of cane called a reed. It is fastened firmly in the mouthpiece and vibrates when you blow it.

The notes are changed by covering different combinations of holes which effectively make the pipe longer or shorter. 

One of the most iconic saxophone solos is in "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty.
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Alto Saxophone Prices

The Norman's Rental option costs £25 per month and if you make 24 payments you can keep the instrument.  You can cancel your agreement after making a minimum of 3 payments.

The Norman's Purchase option costs £365 and if you return the instrument within 6 months you get 75% back.

Remember, when getting your instrument from Normans you get your first 10 lessons at half price.

To see what is included in the instrument packages click here.
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Alto Saxophone Maintenance

The most important thing to remember when looking after your alto saxophone is to dry it inside and out after use.  Reeds will need to be replaced from time to time as they are fragile and wear out eventually.

For more information on caring for your alto saxophone click here.
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Listen to the Alto Saxophone

The alto saxophone has a beautiful, mellow sound.  

Click here to listen to an example.