Learning to play an instrument

Saxophonists talk playing, learning about saxophones – The Daily Eastern News – The Daily Eastern News

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The saxophone: A single-reed woodwind instrument known for its raspy tones and buzzy texture. An instrument popularized by jazz bands and musicians in the 1920s. An instrument that is known for allowing players to express their individuality.

This soulful instrument is celebrated on National Saxophone Day, which falls on Nov. 6, the birthday of Antoine-Joseph ‘Aldophe’ Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.

Though the saxophone is known for what it brings to the world of jazz, …….

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The saxophone: A single-reed woodwind instrument known for its raspy tones and buzzy texture. An instrument popularized by jazz bands and musicians in the 1920s. An instrument that is known for allowing players to express their individuality.

This soulful instrument is celebrated on National Saxophone Day, which falls on Nov. 6, the birthday of Antoine-Joseph ‘Aldophe’ Sax, the inventor of the saxophone.

Though the saxophone is known for what it brings to the world of jazz, it is also an instrument used in classical music.

It is an instrument we see students play in Eastern’s many bands and ensembles.

J’than Ross, a freshman music education major, has been playing the saxophone for six years.

Back when Ross was in sixth grade, his school’s band had a day specifically for picking out instruments, and to his surprise, he chose the saxophone.

“The funny thing is, I came in and initially the one instrument I didn’t want to play was the saxophone, as odd as that is,” Ross said. “But as I was going throughout trying out all the instruments, trying to figure out what suits me the best, I got the saxophone.”

Katie Smith, a senior music education major, plays the saxophone for Eastern’s wind symphony, jazz ensemble and Panther Marching Band. She said she chose to “participate in multiple ensembles to have a diverse playing experience with a variety of groups.”

She said she has been playing the saxophone for 11 years.

“I originally chose it because I loved the sound of it and how it looked, and I wanted to learn an instrument with a lot of keys,” Smith said. “I quickly learned to love the unique musical parts saxophones get to play.”

She said that when she was first learning the saxophone, she “was just happy to be making noise like most other fifth graders.”

“Saxophone is one of the easier instruments to make a sound on but in the beginning stages the sound usually resembles a honking goose,” Smith said. “So, over the past 11 years I’ve been working on refining my first obnoxious sounds into sounds worth listening to. Looking back on my progress is always encouraging because I’ve come a long way in developing a nice classical saxophone sound, even in just the last couple of years.”

Ross said that for him, picking up the saxophone was easy because he had experience playing the recorder and “saxophones have actually a lot of the same fingering as the recorder.”

“A lot of people will say that the saxophone is one of the easiest instruments to learn, and I don’t disagree,” Ross said. “It’s not the most difficult instrument by any means. Overall, it’s a quick development, a quick pick-up for a lot of people.”

Despite that, learning to play the saxophone comes with its own unique …….

Source: https://www.dailyeasternnews.com/2021/11/07/saxophonists-talk-playing-learning-about-saxophones/