Myths about Saxophone and Saxophone Lessons


The saxophone is an instrument played with a mouthpiece. They are generally made of brass but are available in many types in the recent era. They have been the basis of a lot of assumptions and myths that are floating around. There are two main types of saxophones, one which was designed for military bands and the other one for an orchestra. It is an age-old instrument so you might have come across various myths surrounding saxophones. Read on to know what is true and what is not.

The tone of a saxophone depends on the metal.

The popular myth is that the tone of a saxophone depends on the material it is made of. But if that were true, it should be that all the saxophones made from a certain material like bronze or brass should have the same sound. These kinds of myths come into being when various makers of the instruments make certain statements. These statements support their marketing for the musical instrument.

The lacquered brass gives reliable projection

How can a saxophone made from a particular material give off reliable projection? Might this mean that other materials are not good enough to produce a saxophone? It hits a spot with the buyers and soon, everyone will be repeating this as a fact and pay no attention to what it actually means. How can it be that a specific metal can be the cause of projection or lack of it?!

Smaller cup allows for better resonance

The idea behind this false statement could be that a smaller cup might mean lesser volume of space and lesser mass. This can make a pretty good statement that smaller diameter of the cup is the reason for better resonance and sound. While in reality, the size of the cup has nothing to do with it. But people make their own assumptions and fail to research properly.  This can lead to pretty big and widely spread assumptions.

Full ribbed are more durable

It is a statement which actually fails to make any sense. But people do believe that full ribbed instruments are more durable than non-ribbed or mini-ribbed ones. It has no proper foundation and it is yet another statement making the rounds after a manufacturer or the like has given it birth.

Root of these myths

This kind of assumptions usually takes root from the manufacturers who publicize their latest design and give off a half-researched statement which the public repeats without actually understanding.

There are a lot of instances where the manufacturers are heard quoting a statement and later heard quoting something that totally disagrees with their previous opinion. There are a lot more examples such as based on the weight of the instrument; it will define the resonance and sound. Another much-heard one is that the thumb nook has no effect on the instrument and its sound effect. This is such a poor statement that anybody can try it and see how it does not leverage the statement.

Research properly before buying a new saxophone. Differentiate clearly between the assumptions that the general public makes and the truth. Read extensively or approach a friend if you are in doubt. If you are new to saxophones, check out this link for more details: For more on saxophones, you can refer to