The saxophone is a member of the woodwind family and was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1841. Itís probably the most featured solo instrument in pop and jazz and there are many opportunities for beginner saxophonists to perform in concert, jazz and marching bands.
While there are many different instruments in the saxophone family from the soprano to the bass, the alto sax is traditionally the most common instrument for beginners.
It requires less air than a tenor and its smaller key layout makes it more comfortable for younger players hands. In time, with proper study, the technique and skills can easily be transferred to all the members of the sax family as well as clarinet and flute.
Most saxophones are made of yellow brass with a clear lacquer finish. Some instruments are available with bodies made of silver, bronze or gold. These higher-end instruments are more expensive and require special care.