How to Buy the Instrument for Saxophone Lessons Beginners
You have decided to learn how to play the saxophone and have made arrangements to take some lessons. Now you are really faced with the main decision of what to do about an instrument, whether to buy or rent one. If you do decide that you are sufficiently committed enough to purchase an instrument outright, you start looking at the variety of choices available to you. Here are a few tips to help you along with purchasing your first saxophone for your beginner’s saxophone lessons.
There are different types of saxophones, which slightly alter the tone of your playing. Alto, tenor, bass and baritone, and soprano saxophones are all available in the market. The baritone and bass saxophone is the most expensive one, and also is one of the more difficult ones to master. Soprano saxophones are also definitely not for beginners, though they have a rich sound and can be great once you have got some experience. Most beginners use alto or tenor saxophones, which are not only cheaper but are also easier for learning, especially if you have had no previous experience at all.
Like most expensive items, it is better to buy saxophones from a well known brand rather than just buy the local model or the cheapest alternative. If you aren’t planning to pursue a long-term relationship with your instrument, there is no point in buying a saxophone at all. If you are indeed planning to go in for the long haul, buying a reliable instrument that will last you for a long time makes sense. Branded saxophones also come with guarantees and it’s easy to get it repaired or tuned if anything goes wrong. Yamaha is reputedly the best brand around for saxophones, though it’s really expensive. Other options you can consider are Jupiter, Prelude, Sonata, Elkhart, and Nuovo.
Get it tested
You have located a nice store, either online or in your locality and checked out a few instruments you have liked. Now, the real problem arises. If you are a beginner, it stands to reason you will not know how a good saxophone should sound. There are a couple of things you can do. If you have a friend who is knowledgeable about saxophones, take them along to help you decide. If not, you can even ask your new saxophone teachers to come with you and test the saxophone. If all else fails, contact your local university department and ask for information from the music department.
Insist on accessories
Before you set out to buy a saxophone, find out from a knowledgeable person what else you will require in the immediate future. Make sure you buy from a shop where you will also be able to get a saxophone case for storing the instrument, and a neck strap, which is very important for your posture. In addition, you will require other accessories as well such as reeds, swabs, mouthpiece, and ligature. Find out if you need to buy books as well, or whether your teacher or institution would supply them.
There are really only two things you ultimately need from an instrument for your saxophone classes: your own comfort level when you play the instrument both in a physical sense and a sense of satisfaction you gain from the music; and the durability of the instrument over a long period of usage.