Many topics are covered: an overview of the saxophone repertoire - the history of the saxophone - the biography of Adolphe Sax - standard fingering charts - alternative fingering charts - maintenance - special saxophone techniques - reeds - mouthpieces - metronome - transposing - improvising.
Saxophone repertoire: a database with an extensive overview of the saxophone repertoire. Choose a sax (Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Baritone) and get an overview of pieces written for this sax.
Click any item and you will be directed to Youtube where you can listen to an example, if available.
Tips on additional compositions or other examples on Youtube are welcome!
History: Why and how was the saxophone developed?
Biography: information about the background, living conditions and instrument development of Adolphe Sax.
Standard fingering charts: how do you play which notes on a saxophone? Explained with clear and detailed fingering charts.
Alternative fingering charts; in some situations it's better to use alternative fingerings. We explain in which situations and which alternative fingering to use.
Maintenance: How do you maintain your saxophone in order to enjoy it as long and as good as possible?
Special saxophone techniques: flatterzunge, toptones, multiphonics etc. They are all explained, where necessary, with clear examples and references to literature or fingering charts.
Reeds: which reeds do you buy and once you bought them, how can you adapt them so that they fully meet your requirements?
Mouthpieces: detailed information about the operation of mouthpieces, which mouthpieces there are and information about how mouthpieces have evolved over the years.
Metronome: A simple metronome. No bells and no whistles. Choose BPM, define the volume and play!
Transpose: the 'secret' of transposing instruments is explained in a simple way. Including transpose tables.
For more information check out http://ruudjanssenmusicservices.nl/the-saxophone-app/ or on Youtube: https://youtu.be/WVIlUZz8hds
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