Tenor Saxophone

Instrument Overview

picture of a tenor saxophone

The tenor saxophone (whose name is often shortened to "tenor sax") is a member of the woodwind instrument family despite being made of brass. It is larger and heavier than an alto sax, and the tenor sax plays lower notes. Sound is produced by a vibrating reed.

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Tenor Saxophone Facts

  • Instrument Family: Woodwind
  • Key: Bb - sounds a major 2nd lower than written note
  • Clef: treble clef
  • Reputable Student Brands Include: Jupiter, Selmer, Yamaha

Some tenor saxophonists to listen to:

  • Stan Getz
  • Michael Brecker
  • Camille Thurman
  • John Coltrane
  • Coleman Hawkins
  • James Houlik