Today, I recorded a short video demonstrating the tonal differences between the C Tenor or C Melody Saxophone and the B-flat Tenor Saxophone. Here are the results.
After a couple of weeks off, Matt and I discuss the Bass Saxophone.
- Bass Saxophone
- Baritone Saxophone
- C and F Saxophones
- The most Misunderstood Instrument in the Band
- Romance for Bass Saxophone and Strings
I’ve just completed the initial composition for a new work for band (more on that later), and in the process, I made a realization. The piece is one of the most colorful I’ve written with huge parts for every instrument. What I came to realize is that most people think of the Baritone Saxophone in the wrong light.
As I was scoring, I kept keeping the Baritone Sax in the mid to upper range of the instrument. And that’s when it hit me, the Baritone Sax isn’t a bass instrument as it is normally treated. This should have been apparent from the beginning – it’s in the name of the instrument. It’s a baritone. Continue reading “The most misunderstood instrument in the band”
This instrument is still experimental. It has its origins all the way back to Sax’s original patent, but only in the last few years has a real instrument become a possibility. It is pitched one octave below the Bass Saxophone and two octaves below the Tenor Saxophone.
This is the largest member of the saxophone family pitched one octave lower than the Baritone Saxophone. This is a rare instrument, but its numbers are increasing. When I first started to study instruments over twenty years ago, there were only seventeen such instruments in the world. Continue reading “E-flat Contrabass Saxophone”