There are far too many pitches for most instruments to play. Instead, we often see families of instruments that cover the range of pitches composers generally want to write in their music. Here is a soprano sax, which can play floating high pitches.

 

This is the alto saxophone, it overlaps with the soprano sax, but can also play lower notes as well.

 

Lower still is the tenor saxophone. The tone of the instrument is richer, which suits the lower pitches that this instrument can play.

 

This is the baritone saxophone. It is often used to play basslines and takes care of the lower notes composers might want to write. There are even larger, lower sounding saxophones than this, but we don't seem them used very often. Although, go and look up the contrabass saxophone, if you'd like a laugh!

 

Here it is.

 

Soprano Sax

There are far too many pitches for most instruments to play. Instead, we often see families of instruments that cover the range of pitches composers generally want to write in their music. Here is a soprano sax, which can play floating high pitches.

Alto Saxophone

This is the alto saxophone, it overlaps with the soprano sax, but can also play lower notes as well.

Tenor Saxophone

Lower still is the tenor saxophone. The tone of the instrument is richer, which suits the lower pitches that this instrument can play.

Baritone Sax

This is the baritone saxophone. It is often used to play basslines and takes care of the lower notes composers might want to write. There are even larger, lower sounding saxophones than this, but we don't seem them used very often. Although, go and look up the contrabass saxophone, if you'd like a laugh!

On go on then . . .

Here it is.