Types of Saxophone Music & Styles

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The saxophone has many different styles associated with it, from jazz, big band, classical and contemporary music. Discover the different music and styles of the saxophone with guidance from a Broadway musician and private teacher in this free video on the saxophone.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Phil Baldino of The Woodwind Teaching Studio, and in this segment we're going to discuss saxophone music and styles. There are many styles that the saxophone is associated with, but when we do think of saxophone I believe most people think a saxophone is a jazz instrument, which it is. It's also used in big band, rich history of it, and also in classical music, and in contemporary music and in jazz rock and funk. There has been over 2,000 orchestral pieces written where saxophone has been incorporated into the symphony orchestra, and first I would like to play an example of one of those classical excerpts from the "Hary Janos Suite" by Kodaly. The classical saxophone uses a vibrato, which is more quick and oscillating than maybe in the, let's say, traditional big band, maybe of Ellington or Basie. I would like to play a little example from a great Ellington tune, "Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," to show you the difference, a little wider vibrato, a little bit more freedom with the note slurs and bends. There is also the contemporary jazz or funk, which uses, kind of, a vibrato. Across the board, I have had many many artists use it, wide vibratos or very narrow vibratos. I'm Phil Baldino of The Woodwind Teaching Studio, and those are some examples of saxophone styles.


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