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Keeping the Band Together: A Blog for Musicians


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Keeping the Band Together: A Blog for Musicians

Hi, my name is Erika, and I have been a member of two different bands. I have found that keeping a band together involves a delicate balance of several elements. You have to continue being excited about the same type of music, you have to practise and try new things together and you have to mesh on an emotional level. This can be hard, and if you are a temperamental and emotional musician like me, it can be even more challenging. Since I have experience, I decided to create this blog. It has tips on making music, being a band and staying together. Please explore these posts. I hope you enjoy them.

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A Quick Buyer's Guide for Saxophones

Before you buy any musical instrument online, you want to ensure that you understand the best type to look for so that you make the right decision. This is important since you can't test out the instrument before you purchase it so you know if it's of high quality and will perform as it should. Note a few factors about buying a saxophone over the internet so you know you get the right type and buy one that will work for you.

1. Rods

The rods of the saxophone are long pieces that are supported by the body, and these are very important. Weak rods will mean a saxophone that doesn't last very long, as these facilitate all the movement of the keys and everything else related to playing the instrument. When shopping for a saxophone online, note the material of the rods. If the instrument is gold but the rods are silver, this often means that it's a student saxophone and not one meant to stand up to constant use by a professional. Invest in a saxophone that has strong material used for the rods so you know it will last.

2. Pads

The pads are what cover the holes of a saxophone so that different sounds can be produced. If they are loose-fitting or not made of high-quality material, the sound of the saxophone will be compromised. Look for pads made of leather that are then covered with a metal disc. The leather will allow for a more secure fit over the hole, and the metal will help to add weight to keep the hole covered. If the pads are made of cheap plastic, this might mean a more affordable saxophone but one that is not high-quality.

3. Lacquer

Saxophones are usually covered in a type of lacquer, or they may actually be painted with a type of paint usually used on car bodies. This lacquer is usually made just for appearances and to protect the saxophone from small dents and nicks, so you can often choose a coating according to what you want the saxophone to look like. Rarely does the coating affect the sound quality of the saxophone; although, if you want to ensure a pure sound, you might invest in a lacquer or coating that is actually baked onto the instrument and not simply painted on.

Remember these three important factors when buying a saxophone online so you know you invest in a quality instrument that will last. For more information, contact a business such as The Music Place.