Why play the Saxophone?
The saxophone is always one of the top instruments considered for those who are wanting to participate in a marching band, jazz ensemble or symphony because of the cool and sultry image associated with it.
Choosing the saxophone makes you sophisticated, smooth, with a lot of soul and many people are drawn to this image.
The sax doesn’t just help your image though, there are 10 other reasons that you should learn how to play the saxophone.
1. The Saxophone is Versatile
There are 9 different types of saxophone with the most common being the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone.
Alto saxophone is what most beginner saxophone players learn when they are in a public school band or ensemble.
The various types of saxes are used for different parts of a song. The Baritone has bassline parts while the soprano and alto saxophones have melodies.
The saxophone has a very creative sound that is flexible for many genres including classical, jazz, soul, blues, contemporary, pop, rock, and marching bands.
This instrument can suit any musical taste with dynamic sounds that allow the musician to convey emotion and project their own style and creativity.
2. Playing Saxophone Make You Smarter
Research has proven that kids who learn music excel in abstract reasoning skills, literacy and math skills, and do better overall in academics.
Learning an instrument like the saxophone also improves memory function, teaches patience, perseverance and other important leadership skills.
3. Improves Memory
Playing an instrument takes a lot of brain power, muscle memory and neurological control.
There have been numerous studies that prove people who play instruments have better memories and can better control their cognitive and motor functions congruently than those who do not play instruments.
Playing the saxophone is a workout for your brain.
4. Saxophones are Relaxing
The sound from the saxophone is smooth, sensual, and is very relaxing to play. Many people enjoy playing an instrument to relax and live in the present moment.
Playing or composing music requires you to be present and focused on just that one thing which is a great way to get centered, relax, and de-stress.
Making music is also great for improving mood or being used as your own personal therapy device.
5. Playing the Sax is an evolving Skill
Musicians love the saxophone because there is always something new to learn.
With 9 instruments in the saxophone family and being an instrument that is genreless, or rather, not bound to any one genre, there are an endless number of songs to learn and ways to advance your skill level.
6. Saxophones are Timeless
There are few instruments that you can hear in contemporary billboard top 40 chart topping songs and on the classical AM radio station.
Saxophones however are an instrument that people will never get tired of or stop listening to.
The sounds of the saxophone are suitable to nearly every genre of music from jazz to rock, pop, and soul.
Mainstream pop starts such as Macklemore and Ariana Grande frequently use the saxophone on their album.
Learning the saxophone ensures a much better chance at a long lasting music career.
7. Saxophones are Easy to Play
The Saxophone is a newer instrument when compared to others in an orchestra and has a fingering system that is relatively easy to understand.
The sax is also one of the easier of the woodwind instruments when it comes to producing the correct tone with the instruments.
The Bb Soprano sax is the smallest and has the most unique sound but is the hardest to control when it comes to intonation.
Most composers and music teachers recommend learning on the alto sax because of its medium size that almost anyone over the age of 10 can handle well, and has the most material to learn from.
The Tenor and Baritone saxes are much larger (the baritone is 4 feet tall!) and harder to maneuver, especially if you are considering being a part of a marching band.
8. Learning Sax Makes Learning Other Woodwinds Easier
The saxophone is in the woodwind family of instruments alongside clarinet and flute.
If you learn to play the saxophone, chances are that the clarinet, which also uses a reed and has a similar fingering system, will be extremely easy for you to learn.
The best saxophone players also easily transition to flute because the instrument lacks a reed making it somewhat easier to produce tone from and has almost the same register as the soprano and alto saxophones with nearly identical fingerings.
9. Playing Saxophone is Sociable
People love the saxophone and jazz, blues, and soul music are all becoming more mainstream on the radio with the sound of this instrument permeating every genre.
Once people know that you play the sax, they will want you to play for them.
Being a part of a band or orchestra is also a fun social activity that teaches people about team work and determination.
The saxophone also sets a great ambiance that is hip, cool, and sophisticated.
Even Lisa Simpson was able to elevate her reputation through playing the saxophone and transformed into a whole new girl while she was playing!
10. The Saxophone Instills Confidence
Just like any time you conquer a hard task or learn a new skill, learning to play a musical instrument, especially one like the saxophone is something that should instill confidence in the musician.
Reading sheet music and learning to play woodwind instruments, or any really, is hard.
These skills take a lot of time, patience, and dedication to learn, but once they are mastered will stick with you for life.
People who play instruments tend to be more confident in their decision-making abilities, their musical skills, social skills, academic life, and problem solving.
Learning to play a new instrument can be daunting.
With so many choices out there and so many amazing programs available in communities across the country that can be used as a learning outlet for both children and adults, it is no surprise that people have a difficult time choosing the best instrument for them.
If you are on the fence about which instrument(s) you want to learn, stop into a music shop near you and ask to try out a few instruments, ask questions to the staff to determine the best instrument for you, or if you are in school, ask to meet with the band or orchestra director to see how you can join the school ensembles.
Many cities also offer classes through the parks and recreation departments and music shops can usually point you in the direct of private tutors for adult learners as well.