The soprano saxophone is the second smallest instrument in the saxophone family. It has the mouthpiece of a clarinet and the fingering of an oboe. Unlike the other saxophones, it has a straight body, not curved. It is comparable to the clarinet, but it has a louder and more penetrating sound in the extreme high notes. It has a smaller bore, making it less forgiving in intonation. To compensate, the player needs to use alternate fingerings and vary breath support.
The soprano saxophone is sometimes used as an alternative to the oboe. It is not a popular instrument in bands and orchestras, but it is widely used in jazz music.
Types of Soprano Saxophones
Kinds of Soprano Saxophones include the following:
B-flat soprano saxophone
The standard soprano saxophone is pitched in the key of B-flat.
It plays an octave above the tenor saxophone.
C soprano saxophone
The soprano saxophone pitched in the key of C is a less common instrument.
It was made to be used in orchestras.
Choosing Soprano Saxophones (Buying tips)
Finish: Choose a soprano saxophone with a clear lacquer finish, so it does not affect the sound of the brass. Choose a silver-plated soprano saxophone to get a bright tone or a gold-plated one to get a warm and heavy sound.
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