Types of Saxophones

The saxophone is one of the most distinct and popular woodwind instrument. The saxophone’s emotive qualities make it a very versatile instrument found in genres, such as classical and jazz. Although they are usually made of brass, they are considered woodwinds because they use a reed and not a brass mouthpiece. Traditionally, saxophone bodies are made of brass, bronze, copper, and nickel. However, saxophone manufactures have been experimenting with other, new materials, such a different types of plastics or even carbon fiber.

The four most common types are soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. The alto saxophone is great for beginners, especially younger students due to it’s small size. Tenor saxophones are the most popular saxophone, and are usually what people think of when they think of a sax. The soprano saxophone (think Kenny G), provides the highest pitch among the four commonly used saxes, while the baritone version provides a deep a powerful sound.