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The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. It is one of the most unique and versatile wind instruments of all time. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. Although it was originally envisioned as a classical and military instrument, it has since made its way into almost every genre of music around the world from pop and rock to jazz and classical. It can sound smooth and sultry or raucous and soulful. You can find it seamlessly blending into any ensemble whether it is; jazz, big band or an orchestra, or you can find it out front playing solos in a rock band or a jazz quartet.

 The alto saxophone is one of the most common saxophones in modern musical groups, and is often the instrument that people picture when they hear the general term "saxophone". It is pitched in E flat and is larger and lower than the soprano sax, but smaller and higher than the tenor. A great instrument for young children to adults to learn to play, the alto sax offers many opportunities for musical learning and expression.

 Even today musicians around the world are pushing the boundaries of what the saxophone can do and what types of music it can be incorporated into. 

A good trainer can teach you how to pace yourself which is probably one of the most important skills you need to develop when playing solo, because otherwise you?ll find yourself in a world of trouble 10 minutes into your 40 minute set. Learning to pace yourself over a 40 minute period teaches you to think like a long distance runner. It?s not just about moving from change to change, or from bar to bar, but more about learning how to navigate a much larger musical terrain.

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