Baritone Saxophones: Baritone Saxophone for Beginners

Playing the saxophone may prove difficult at first.  Just like any other musical instruments, learning how to play the saxophone requires technique and skill.  These skills and techniques however can only be acquired through constant practice and actual playing of the instrument.  As a commonly acknowledged fact, nobody fully learns how to use any musical instrument by just merely reading how the instrument is played.  Although theoretical knowledge may prove to be essential and beneficial to the student or player of the instrument, it is not however sufficient.  Learning how to use a saxophone means that the person can “actually” play the instrument.  This can only be realized if one starts to pick up the saxophone and starts playing it.  Henceforth, it is only through constant practice that the necessary skills and techniques will be developed.  Eventually, the beginner will become adept at playing the instrument.  The aforementioned is true regardless of which type of saxophone is to be used

However, not all saxophones are the same.  The instrument actually comes in different types, shapes, and sizes.  The main difference however is the music that is produced from each instrument.  Baritone Saxophones, otherwise know as “bari sax” to distinguish them from baritone horns, are generally accounted as the heaviest and largest among the different saxophone instruments.  In fact, players of baritone saxophones put some harness to support the weight of the instrument.  Thus, if the player is not concerned about the size or weight of the instrument, then playing the baritone saxophone should not be much of a problem.  

Bass saxophones are also, more often, played in the bass section of soul tunes or music because of the low range of the musical notes it plays.  Among the other types of saxophones, baritone saxophones have the lowest range and notes.  It thus becomes a good harmonizer in bands.  With this note, baritone saxophones are commonly distinguished from other types of saxophones through its distinct rich and deep tone.  Thus in a band or orchestra, it provides the deep musical pulse in the group because of the deep tone which is inherent in it.   Ideally though, the use of baritone saxophone is recommended only after practicing, for a time, with tenor saxophone or the alto saxophone.  But then again, if one intends to play bass, soulful, deep tone, and harmonize it with tunes in the higher range, the use of baritone saxophone may be a good choice.  One point to consider though is that since baritone saxophones are relatively harder to play and manage compared to, for instance, alto saxophones and tenor instruments, constant practice by way of playing the instrument is strongly advised.  In this way, the player will get accustomed to the instrument and will eventually become comfortable playing it.

Some other considerations that must be taken into account in playing baritone saxophones would be the way to hold the saxophones.  This is important considering that the saxophone is heavy and it is played with a harness supporting it.  The position or way of holding the instrument ensures that the instrument will not produce a bad tone as a consequence of holding it incorrectly.

Source by William Thompson

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