The Saxophone is an amazing instrument, can you name all these Saxophone Parts? How is it built? If we only have ten fingers why are there a whole lot more buttons? What’s that button do? This is an introduction to the parts of the Saxophone, written to bring novice Sax enthusiasts and players up to speed on the pieces involved with a saxophone. In the near future this page will begin to detail information such as,
- How a saxophone is built.
- How the designed affects the sound
- The interchangeable nature of the various parts
If you turned up at the Jupiter Saxophone factory to watch them assemble a Saxophone from scratch you might be suprised to know that there are more than 200 pieces go into building a Saxophone. In taking one out of its case and putting it together to play it however, you will easily see that there are only really 4 main parts that matter, which makes it fairly straight forward, to put a Saxophone together. The Ligature, Mouthpiece, Neck and Body of the Saxophone are the all important Saxophone parts that you need to fit together before you could manage to play a note. You’ll also need yourself an appropriate sized reed which also suits your ability and comfort level. On the accompanying pages you will learn about the following pieces of the instrument:
Also check out these important Accessories that every Sax player needs:
A note on learning: When I learnt how to drive a car, one of the first things that I was taught the basics, like putting on my seatbelt, where the indicators are, what each pedal is to be used for and how to start the engine. So, likewise when we’re first learning to play a Sax, it’s got to be smart to understand how to first put the pieces together.
It is quite possible for any capable person to drive a car without understanding what each individual compnent of the vehicle is tasked with. and similarly, when playing a saxophone, you needn’t understand how to pull apart the sax and assemble on from scratch. The workings of a Saxophone are a little more complex than that of a Trombone, however for now, just know that there are only a handful of important keys to know and you’ll be playing your first tune in no time.