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Alto Saxophone Presentation

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Famous people that played this instrument History of the Alto Saxophone The Alto Saxophone By: Josh Gadoury How to use the Alto Saxophone Fingerings, appearance, etc. Class: 7/8 FI Teacher: Mrs.Moore The maker of the Alto Saxophone and the whole saxophone family was Adolphe Sax, who came from Belgium and was born in 1814. He wanted to make an instrument that would "fulfill the middle range sound of a military band" He moved from Belgium to Paris in 1842 and finished the making of the instrument in 1845. He called this instrument "the saxophone". The saxophone was soon used frequently by many French composers and musicians. The saxophone really became popular in the 1920s because of jazz music. John Coltrane Facts about John Coltrane John Coltrane was born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina He and his father were very fond of music and instruments, as well. John ended up publishing many albums including this one, one of his more famous ones, Giant Steps. Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey James "Jimmy" Dorsey was born February 9th, 1904 and died June 12th, 1957. He started to play music at age 7, starting with the slide trumpet and cornet, playing at local parties By the time Jimmy was 17, Jimmy was playing with the "Jean Goldkette" band with Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer. Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker was born August 29th, 1920 in Kansas City and died March 12, 1955 in New York City He was called "Yardbird" and "Bird" by his friends and he was an American Jazz saxophonist From 1935-1939, Charlie worked in Kansas City with many local Blues bands, playing the Saxophone In 1939, Charlie visited New York City for the first time working as a professional musician Let's start with the fingering of the Alto Saxophone I will show you the fingerings of the B flat major scale Fingering for "G" Push all three of these buttons
and you will get a "G", the first note of your B flat major scale Fingering for "A" Pushing these two buttons will get you the 2nd note of our B flat major scale, "A". Fingerings for "B" When you push this button, you get the third note of our scale, "B". Fingerings for "C" When pushing this button, you get
the 4th note of our scale, "C" Fingering for "D" When pushing these six
buttons, you hit the 5th
note of our scale, "D". Fingering for "E" When pushing these 5 buttons,
you hit the 6th note of our
scale, "E". Fingering for F# When hitting these 4 buttons,
you hit the 2nd last note in our scale, F#. Fingering for High "G" When pushing the octave key and the
regular "G", then you achieve the final
and highest note of our B flat major
scale, high "G". How to prepare/use the Alto Saxophone Step 1. Prepare the body of the Alto Saxophone. Add the neck strap
to the hook you see on
the front of the Alto
Saxophone. Step 2. Add the neck
onto the top of the body of
the Alto Saxophone and tighten the
ligature. Prepare the neck of the alto sax. Tighten Step 3. Prepare your mouthpiece/reed. Put your mouthpiece on
the cork of the neck. Then,
line up your reed with the end
of your mouthpiece. Lastly, put
the circular ligature on and tighten. How to play the Alto Saxophone! Step 1. Hand placement. Make sure your left hand is on the top (on the triangular shaped part) and your right hand on the curved thumb rest near the bottom of the instrument. Right thumb
rest! Left thumb
rest! Step 2. Form your embouchure. I prefer to curl my lower lip over my bottom teeth slightly, and rest my top teeth on the top of the mouthpiece. But you can do whatever feels right to your teeth/mouth. Step 3. PLAY! Try pressing a button (the first white one near the neck) then blow. If you make a squeaking noise, then fix your
embouchure, until you make a proper note. All saxophones produce sound the exact same way. The player pushes air through the mouthpiece which makes the reed vibrate rapidly, causing the air to vibrate at the exact same frequency and a pitch to sound, then, the air moves through the saxophone, amplifying the sound until it leaves through whichever holes closest to the mouthpiece are open! Thanks for watching! Saxophone Demonstration The Saxophone Family Soprano Tenor Bass Baritone Did you Know?? Famous president Bill Clinton played the Saxophone? About the Alto Saxophone The saxophone was/is used in many styles, such as jazz, blues and sometimes rock music! Again, the saxophone got very popular when jazz music was introduced in the 1920s. Surprisingly, the saxophone has not had any name changes over the years! Since the inventor, Adolph Sax wanted to name it after himself and no one changed it. Also, the saxophone is not part of a regular symphony orchestra and is only used in some orchestral pieces, such as Prokofiev's Lt. Kiji and Larsiene Suite!
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