The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family. It plays a major role in jazz bands. It plays a supporting role in concert bands and sometimes shares parts with the trombone and the euphonium. It is popularly used in playing rock n’ roll, Latin American, Afro-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African music.
Types of Tenor Saxophones
Kinds of Tenor Saxophones include the following:
B-flat tenor saxophone
The B-flat tenor saxophone is a transposing instrument pitched in the key of B-flat.
When played in the C note, the actual sound that comes out is a B-flat, a major ninth lower.
C-melody tenor saxophone
The C-melody saxophone is a smaller tenor saxophone pitched in the key of C.
It was manufactured in the early 20th century. It became common during the saxophone craze in the US but eventually went out of style.
No new C-melody tenor saxophones were made since 1929.
Choosing Tenor Saxophones (Buying tips)
Skill level: If you are a beginner get a student tenor saxophone for your first instrument. It is made with easy-closing closing keys.
Finish: To get a warm and heavy sound, choose a tenor saxophone with a gold-plated finish.