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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Saxophone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The saxophone was created in the early 1840s by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian-born instrument-maker and clarinetist working in Paris, and was first officially revealed to the public in the patent of 1846 (which was granted to him on May 17).
The instrument, which combined a saxophone bore and keys with a bell shaped similar to that of a heckelphone, was intended to imitate the timbre of the English horn and was produced only between 1928 and 1930.
Virtually all saxophones are transposing instruments: Sopranino, alto and baritone saxophones are in the key of E-flat, and soprano, tenor and bass saxophones are in the key of B-flat.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Saxophone   (3002 words)

  
 Saxophone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A similarly sized instrument, the contralto saxophone, was developed in the late 20th century by California instrument maker Jim Schmidt; this instrument has a larger bore and a new fingering system so it does not resemble the C melody instrument except for its key and register.
The instrument, which combined a saxophone bore and keys with a bell shaped similar to that of a heckelphone, was intended to imitate the timbre of the English horn and was produced only in 1929 and 1930.
Virtually all saxophones are transposing instruments: Sopranino, alto and baritone saxophones are in the key of E♭, and soprano, tenor and bass saxophones are in the key of B♭.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saxophone   (5006 words)

  
 Alto saxophone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The alto saxophone is a variety of the saxophone, a family of woodwind instruments invented by Adolphe Sax.
The alto is the third smallest of the saxophone family, which consists of over eight sizes of saxophone (see saxophone).
The alto saxophone is a transposing instrument and reads the treble clef in the key of E♭ (that is to say, a written C for the alto will sound as E♭; concert, a major sixth lower).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alto_saxophone   (349 words)

  
 Saxophone
Saxophone mouthpieces are typically made of hard rubber or metal – or of cheap styrene plastic if you insist on using the one that came with your instrument.
Saxophones built prior to the 1930s typically have sufficiently erratic intonation and unconventional fingering as to be useful only as innovative plumbing fixtures and duck calls.
A saxophone reed is held in place on the mouthpiece that plays it by a clamp called a "ligature." Something of a hose clamp with pretensions, a ligature is actually an integral part of the instrument it’s attached to.
www.mindworkshop.com /alchemy/saxophone.html   (15161 words)

  
 HyperMusic -- Musical Instruments: Saxophone
Although saxophones are built in different keys and sizes, each uses the same fingerings, allowing saxophone players to transfer from instrument to instrument with ease.
The saxophone was invented to be a bridge between the woodwind and brass sections, and to boost the sound of the woodwind section in military bands.
However, the saxophone is classified as a member of the woodwind family because of its flute-like key system and the use of a reed.
www.hypermusic.ca /inst/sax.html   (678 words)

  
 Introduction to saxophone acoustics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
At left is a schematic of a soprano saxophone, an idealised conical bore and a truncated cone.
The fact that the saxophone is open to the air at the far end means that the total pressure at that end of the pipe must be approximately atmospheric pressure.
In fact, the purpose of the saxophone's bell chiefly is primarily to provide a high pass filter for the lowest few notes, so that they have a cut-off frequency and so behave more similarly to the notes produced with several tone holes open.
www.phys.unsw.edu.au /~jw/saxacoustics.html   (5476 words)

  
 Saxophone
The reason a saxophone is considered a woodwind is because the way it is played is very similar to the clarinet.
Soprano saxophones are straight, whereas deeper-toned saxophones have a bent crook and an upturned bell.
Since saxophones and clarinets are similar, many clarinetists, in their spare time, also play the saxophone.
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 Encyclopédie :: encyclopedia : Saxophone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Le son du saxophone est produit à l'aide d'un bec et d'une anche en roseau et non pas à l'aide d'une embouchure métallique comme pour les cuivres.
Le saxophone est composé de trois parties : le corps (comprenant les différentes clés), le bec (en ébonite ou en métal, avec une ligature permettant de fixer l'anche) et le bocal (qui fait la jonction entre le bec et le corps).
Le saxophone présente parfois des ressemblances avec la clarinette (notamment le soprano), mais la différence notable est que son corps est conique (et non pas cylindrique).
www.encyclopedie.cc /Saxophone   (970 words)

  
 SaxophoneHistory
Sax was a Belgian, who invented the saxophone in 1840.
He was musically trained at the Brussels Conservatory in flute and clarinet, and he studied instrument making with his father, Charles.
Originally called a saxhorn, since his goal was to create an instrument which was a hybrid possessing woodwind and brass elements.
www.jlpublishing.com /SaxophoneHistory.htm   (756 words)

  
 C-melody Saxophone History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
instrument maker and inventor of the saxophone, was born.
23, Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, was born.
Scott has dealt with the history of the C melody saxophone in his accompanying notes, and the opening...
www.musical-instruments-guide.com /OPG/c-melody-saxophone-history.html   (483 words)

  
 Learn How to Play Saxophone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The sections on embouchure and tonal quality are partcicularly informative also this is standard recommended reading for those considering a teaching diploma with the associated board of the royal school of music.
Frequently considered only one side of the two schools of saxophone playing in the U.S., this one is wonderful in print form.
For each of these stages, the CD (included) demonstrates the saxophone part, complete with other instruments for your “backing group”, and is then followed by just the backing for you to play along with.
www.how-to-play-saxophone.org.uk   (959 words)

  
 Saxophone
Subtitled The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to the King of Cool, this book traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions among all who hear it.
The Devil's Horn explores the saxophone's intersections with social movement and change, the innovative acoustical science behind the instrument, its struggles in the world of "legit" music, and the mystical properties that seduce all who fall under its influence.
It includes history, the saxophone family, parts of the saxophone, fingering, tone production, special effects, doubling, repertoire (orchestral, quartet, and solo), methods, influential saxophonists, discography, unusual saxophones, and the saxophone today.
www.vcisinc.com /saxophone.htm   (1620 words)

  
 Berklee Press - Catalog - Saxophone
Learn to develop your own style as you work with the building blocks of expression and articulation to craft your personal musical interpretation of a song.
When you play sax in a band, your primary concern is with melody and improvisation, how to develop your mastery of phrasing, articulations, breathing, chords, scales, and improvisation techniques.
A highly effective workshop, in three volumes, for developing complete technical and musical skills on the saxophone.
www.berkleepress.com /catalog/category-browse?category_id=520   (197 words)

  
 Presidential Saxophone from the National Music Museum
LaPlaca placed the saxophone case on a couch and opened it for President Clinton.
His immediate response was: 'That is the most beautiful saxophone I have ever seen.' The President took the strap from the case and put it around his neck.
LaPlaca that the instrument had the finest upper register of any saxophone he had played--but mostly he ran scales or played parts of jazz tunes.
www.usd.edu /smm/clinton.html   (499 words)

  
 Saxophone/template
Other early saxophone makers: Holton [now Leblanc], Martin [now Leblanc], White (King).
Since the saxophone, as are most instruments, is a compromise in respect to producing a “perfect scale” each step closer to “perfection” taken by a manufacturer takes more time and produces less in the way of measurable change.
The “perfectly tuned” saxophone would have to have twelve separate octave vents, an impossible key mechanism to operate.
faculty.mansfield.edu /jmurphy/history.html   (436 words)

  
 Open Directory - Arts: Music: Instruments: Winds: Woodwinds: Saxophone
The Aulochrome - Describes and gives the background of a newly-invented instrument which is similar to a twin pair of integrated soprano saxophones.
Crane Saxophone Studio - Class at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Saxophone FAQ's - Answers to commonly asked questions about the instrument including books and performance experience, compiled by Charles Socci.
dmoz.org /Arts/Music/Instruments/Winds/Woodwinds/Saxophone   (618 words)

  
 Saxophone
When all 7 spines of the series are aligned, a picture of Adolphe Sax and a saxophone will be revealed.
Professor of Saxophone at Société Suisse de Pédagogie Musicale.
Using the saxophone as his voice, George Wolfe combines his artistry with sound synthesis and other contemporary media to explore the connection between music, cosmology, mythology, and religion through both contemporary and traditional compositions.
www.aurec.com /saxophone.htm   (965 words)

  
 Saxophone
Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble and Sax Fest-Members' biographies, LSE's schedule, and information about Sax Fest, a one-day workshop for saxophonists held at Brevard College, Brevard, NC.
North American Saxophone Alliance-Professional saxophone organization for performers educators and students.
Saxophone and Clarinet-Events, links, history, fingering charts, more.
www.harmone.com /resources/instruments/saxophone.html   (235 words)

  
 Adolph Sax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The saxophone was shown for the first time at the Paris Industrial
saxophone had never existed, could not possibly exist, and was to be
saxophone -- that nonexistent, mythical invention -- was granted to
www.saxgourmet.com /adolph-sax.html   (7235 words)

  
 Instructional Saxophone Videos
Level 1 book, or alone as a great introduction to the saxophone.
As an added bonus, there are two previously unavailable performances of Mulligan in concert: one with his quartet and another with his Concert Jazz Band.
In this informative video, versatile performer and educator George Shelby takes players step by step through the parts of the saxophone: the body, neck, neckstrap, mouthpiece, ligature and reed.
www.andplay.com /sax.htm   (795 words)

  
 Saxophone saxophone (colloquially referred sax) ...
The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-
Saxophone resources: techniques, instruments and accessories; contemporary and legendary saxophonists introduced.
Saxophone lessons by one of the San Francisco Bay Areas most experienced saxophone instructors.
music-online.loganhardrock.com /Saxophone.html   (693 words)

  
 Sax on the Web - The Saxophone Information Site
Saxophone Necessities - Basic Skills That Are A Must
Sound Effects for Saxophone: Flutter Tongue, The Growl
Saxophone Books    Sheet Music, etc.   SOTW Forum
www.saxontheweb.net   (94 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Saxophone Vocalise: Music: Frederick Fennell,Winds of Indiana,Eugene Rousseau,Max Bruch,George ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mucsynski: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble - III.
This is a wonderful and eclectic album for any music fan, not just saxophone players.
Some of the stand-out tracks on this recording include Rousseau's Porgy and Bess Suite, his version of Bruch's Kol Nidre and his performance of Bernard Heiden' Diversion for Saxophone and Band (one of the few pieces that is in its original form).
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000070B?v=glance   (486 words)

  
 Saxophone
I am just wondering if anyone plays the saxophone because i am thinking of playing it and i wanted to know if it`s easy or hard and if it`s great fun to play?
I write a lot of rock music into which I incorporate the saxophone.
I think the saxophone is a great instrument!My best friend (hi!!) plays the alto.
www.8notes.com /f/2_1413.asp?spage=1   (687 words)

  
 e-saxophone.net - Saxophone Instruction Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The site is in continual stages of development and over time, the information available will be considerably expanded.
We hope that the site will become a comprehensive source of material for all saxophone players.
Apart from the scales and exercises you will find licks and patterns and other tips and advice that we hope will improve your playing.
www.e-saxophone.net   (174 words)

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