A saxophone is a wind instrument. It counts as a woodwind instrument, even though it’s not made of wood. This isn’t because the mouthpiece used to be made of wood or because the reed is made from a type of wood, but because the sound of the saxophone closely resembles the sound made by other woodwind instruments, such as the clarinet or the flute. There are various types of saxophones, the most common type is the alto sax. This instrument is pitched in Eb. You can recognise an alto sax from its straight body. The tenor sax is another common type, usually pitched in Bb. Tenor saxophones are occasionally pitched in C, this is known as a C melody and is slightly smaller than the tenor. Both types have the S shape with a swan neck.
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Anyone can sign up for the individual Saxophone course, whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced saxophone player. These private lessons give you the chance to learn at your own pace and set your own challenges. Beginners first learn the basic techniques of playing the saxophone; the keys (fingering), breathing techniques and the embouchure (breathing into the mouthpiece). If you are more advanced, you can improve your technique, develop your musicality and try your hand at improvisation.
Wim studied at the conservatory of Rotterdam and became a professional saxophonist and saxophone teacher. He is a well-known saxophonist in the Dutch jazz scene, he performs throughout the country. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wim is also part of several music companies and conductor of several big bands.