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Guide to Tenor Saxophones

Tenor Saxophone : What is it?

Tenor Saxophones

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. 

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Types of Tenor Saxophones

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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.


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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.

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