History and Information about the Alto Saxophone
The alto saxophone is the most popular member of the saxophone family. Unlike many instruments, the history of the saxophone is well-known. It was invented in the 1840s by Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax. The alto sax is featured heavily in military band and jazz music, and when you take sax lessons, you will also be able to learn blues, funk, and rock music.
When to Start on the Alto Saxophone
You can start alto saxophone lessons as young as age 7 or 8. Most students begin on the alto sax and then add or switch to other members of the saxophone family (such as soprano or baritone) when they get a little older and possess the hand size or fine motor skills required for these varieties. All members of the saxophone family have the same fingerings, so it is easy to switch back and forth between them.
Getting a Alto Saxophone
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a alto saxophone. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when you rent a saxophone or buy a used one, it is strongly advised that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Alto Saxophone
Most books and many supplies such as reeds are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.