Top Saxophone Brands

In the following paragraphs, a brief description of some common and great brands of saxophones has been put forth. This lovely instrument is manufactured by rather less companies and finding a good saxophone which appeals to your heart has indeed become exceedingly difficult. Here are a couple of things to help you out.

A classical music and Jazz enthusiast, my wrinkled, 80 year old music teacher Ruben was not just fond of the music that came out of woodwind or brass instruments, but he would cradle the instruments with a loving and burning passion, as if the instruments were his lover. Though he spent much more time banging down the keys of an old beaten-up piano, Ruben wound go up into heaven whenever he took up a saxophone or clarinet or even a violin. This former army man seldom performed, and imbibed the belief in us that music should first please your heart and soul and the performance ‘nonsense’ comes later. 5 years have passed since I broke down beside his coffin and realized that for the first time that I would never again hear his rusty annoyed voice and never again will his saxophone’s notes drift out from that old stone house set in the lane which was laden with wild plants and weeds.

When any person comes up to me, and asks, what instrument should I buy, I always recommend, ‘buy whatever you like, buy what you are comfortable with, you should love the sound and it should touch your heart and soul…’. After all music is nothing but your emotions softly speaking out.

Some of the Best Saxophone Brands

The saxophone family was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1846 as a more powerful instrument than the woodwinds and the brass. Today, saxophones are manufactured in 8 different types, which are classified into varieties, depending upon their pitch and the value of notes which are played on it. From the highest to the lowest (note value and pitch wise) these include, Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass and the Subcontrabass. Now almost all companies manufacture these saxophones, however the Subcontrabass or the Sopranino are a little rare, and one may have to specially order it. The usual ones alto, soprano and tenor are quite commonly used and also manufactured.

When you buy a saxophone, at the beginner stage, it is often advisable, that one buys a cheap one. Cheap as in inexpensive or second hand, as one gets used to the instrument and conformable with the reeds and the knobs. Later on, on the advice of your teacher, you can go in for a really expensive one.

Yamaha
This is the best instrument brand for all beginners and non-professional enthusiasts who want to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the instrument. Yamaha gives you the entire package, warm and expressive tone, great intonation, a lovely production of notes and perfect accuracy of scales. Yamaha manufactures, tenor, soprano, alto and baritone saxophones. One of the best thing about these instruments is that, apart from being well priced, you tend to fall in love with the tone and notes of the instrument. Quality, durability, efficiency and perfection are unquestionable. A really great brand and instrument family to start on, but make sure that you take care of it. There are several professional artists who have used Yamaha saxophones for decades together.

Jupiter
Want a lovely, sounding brass? Jupiter is one brand that you don’t want to ignore. A great brand for learners, which in fact is also preferred by several pros. Personally, given a choice, I would go for Jupiter any day. Like Yamaha., Jupiter also manufactures, alto, tenor, soprano and baritones. One of the great things about this brand is that the majestic and microscopic finishing that is machined on its saxophones. The finishing and beautifully crafted shape gives the saxophones a soulful look to go with its tone.

Selmer
This company offers probably the most soulful saxophones there are. Selmer’s engineering of these wind instruments, is highly sophisticated and enables players to produce a pronounced and intensely beautiful sound, with are mystically emotional and deeply sensitive. Selmer saxophones are available in a variety of tonal and pitch ranges and are often finished to perfection, giving the player an unmatched fluidity in notes which is even finer than flowing water

Keilwerth
The Julius Keilwerth saxophone brand is a member of the Buffet-Crampon family. The history of the instruments of this company can be traced back to 1820’s when the production of finely crafted wind instruments began. The saxophones from this brand have a beautifully finished surface and the quality in the manufacturing process is maintained right down to the finest bit. Passion of the player is all it takes to bring out that very beautiful sound that, flows out like brook though a forest.

Vito
LeBlac, a Wisconsin based instrument, manufacturer, dealer and assembler is noted for its ‘Vito’, saxophone brand. The Vito saxophones are not manufactured by LeBlac but are rather assembled with the help of several finely crafted parts from different companies. In some cases and entire saxophone is also crafted by the supplier. The maintained quality make these saxophones very reliable and the strong sturdy finish of the saxophone makes it an ideal instrument for students.

Like I mentioned above, it is good to buy what you like and the sound of which nourishes your soul and keeps the worldly things worthwhile. So intense is the power of this beautiful music that often on a rainy day when I take a walk down that very green lane, I can almost hear Ruben’s Selmer singing out ‘Coming Back to Life’, by Pink Floyd. Music is after all the language of souls.

About Career in Music Therapy

Music therapy jobs are one of those jobs that are not at all affected by financial recession. Read on to know more about the opportunities in this field

It has been observed that music has a substantial effect on the behavior, thinking, and emotional stability of a person. And if the mental health of a person is fine, it has a very good effect on his physical health as well. Owing to the contribution of music in the mind and physiology of an individual, it is largely used to develop a medical treatment plan known as music therapy. As a result, there is a need for professionals who can use music and many of its concepts for treating a patient to live a good life. Those who are employed in such jobs are known as music therapists.

How to Become a Music Therapist?

If you are thinking of becoming a music therapist, you will have to possess a bachelor’s degree in the same field from a reputed university. However, this is just the entry requirement, you can excel your career further by pursuing a master’s or a doctorate in the same field. The music therapy courses are a blend of actual classroom training and practical assignments. You may even opt for a specialization for that matter.

You are required to obtain the necessary license for carrying out your job as a music therapist. Along with the needed education, training, and permit; you also have to be good in playing a majority of the musical instruments and understanding the concepts of music. A very important ability that you need to develop is to help patients use meditation music, and other types of music as a self-expressive language of their own.

Job Prospects

Since this is a career from the health care industry, there are many music therapy job benefits; some of which are job security, no effect of recession, and emotional satisfaction. Moreover, the prospects of these jobs are predicted to increase in the near future. This is because there is a demand for these professionals in a variety of work settings such as public and private hospitals, health-care facilities, schools, educational institutions, rehabilitation facilities, and other places where physiological issues are addressed.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of a music therapist is to address, determine and treat the patients’ mental illnesses with medically prescribed standards of music. This simply means that a music therapist uses music to free patients off their mental disturbances, and gives them a good method of self-expression.

Typically, a music therapist consults with psychologists and other medical professionals, to develop specialized treatment and therapy plans according to the condition of patients. He works with people of all age groups, ranging from children to old men and women. He helps patients to express their views and thinking in a way that cannot be expressed by words. A music therapist also has to keep an eye on the development of the patient during therapy.

Salary

The music therapist salary largely depends on the location and facility of employment, related education and training, work experience, and the specific field of study. Those with one to four years of music therapy experience can earn a yearly pay of approximately $32,000 to $43,000. Professionals with five to nine years of experience can expect a per annum pay of around $40,000 to $51,000. The District of Columbia was recorded as the highest paid region for music therapists, with an estimated range of $35,000 to $52,000.

This is just some general information on music therapy jobs, job description, salary, and educational requirements. A career as a music therapist is considered as a cool career from the medical field.

Ecstasy of Music

The effects of music on humans are perceived differently depending on the individual but one thing is certain: music will remain of heavenly origins. Music unravels the faint memories and relaxes the soul, reaches to the core of the heart and transcends the mind to an indescribable ecstasy.

In his book entitled “The Psychology of the Art”, Henri Delacroix makes reference among other things to music and its effect on people, or rather explains what different people say music does to them. They refer chiefly to classical music, to symphonies in general.

Delacroix says that Diderot in his “Letter about the Deaf and the Dumb” describes in a very precise and refined manner, about certain intense, violent and deep feelings that music may arouse in some of its listeners. Diderot claims that in music, the pleasure of the sensation depends on a certain peculiar disposition not only of the human ear, but also of the entire nervous system.

According to Diderot, there are certain people in whom the fibers may oscillate with such intensity, vigor and vitality because of their encounter with musical harmonies, that they may feel as if they were dying of pleasure.
Diderot poses some rhetorical questions regarding the intense way in which music can touch the human soul, as compared to other forms of art. It’s quite unusual for such an imprecise and arbitrary means of artistic expression to have such strong impact on people’s state of mind and spirit.

In this respect, Diderot rhetorically assumes that the explanation for this phenomenon would be that music does not actually present objects, it deals with sounds, and therefore it allows people’s imagination to manifest more freely and openly. Or perhaps because we need to be shaken up a little bit in order to be impressed, music has a stronger impact than painting or poetry.

Mrs. Camille Mauclair, the author of “The Religion of Music”, gives a more precise description of this kind of ecstasy caused by the impact of music on our minds and souls. The effect of music on people is referred to by Delacroix as a sort of delirium of the infinity, as a kind of charming, depersonalizing experience that causes us to forget about our mundane, day-to-day life and take a plunge in the musical realm, somewhere outside ourselves.

Mrs. Mauclair says that the quality of the sound can both drive someone crazy in a positive way, and calm down the spirit. She says that to the spiritual love for good quality music, she also adds some sort of violent, nervous drunkenness that feeds on sounds as if they were alcohol.

Some consider that the impact of music on its listeners can be viewed from a different perspective. Instead of the violent, passionate pleasure which some claim to feel when listening to certain musical pieces, others refer to the fact that the very intensity of spiritual passions can raise the human mind to a kind of serene insensitivity, to a certain high level balance which is above and beyond any feelings of joy or sorrow.

The state of spiritual ecstasy is a kind of neutral state of mind. The ecstatic state of mind of those utterly impressed by the beauty of a musical piece can suppress both joy and sorrow in a sort of neutralized perception.

The emotional rhythm or tone of a certain musical bit can actually bring someone to a real day-dreaming kind of mood. This can be accompanied by the mind’s association of the sounds with certain visual images, created of course by the power of one’s imagination. Although they may not follow a certain logical or chronological order, such images can present themselves under the form of certain landscapes, or something like pictures.

The listener can thus remember certain things from his past, or can dream about the present or his future. This is what music can actually do to one’s mind. Such ideas are usually typical of those belonging to Romanticism. Romantics considered music to be the supreme art, which was able to touch the very essence of things. Delacroix says that such people may interpret the exuberance and magic of music as a sort of fusion with the absolute, or as a sort of disappearance in the absolute.

The famous French writer named Stendhal said that in order for us to live the illusions of the music, we must forget to be reasonable. Being reasonable and enjoying music are two things that ought to be taken separately.

Music Affects the Heart Rate

Most of us love music and some are even addicted to it; be it rock, pop, classical, jazz, etc. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t listen to or enjoys any type of music. This is because music is known to have certain effects on us. Some of us claim that music elevates their mood, some say that it brings about a feeling of calmness or tranquility, or some may even say that it brings out the wild side in them. It is said that music strikes the chord of right emotions in our mind, or touches our heart. Studies undertaken to find the effect of music on human beings have found that this is not a myth anymore. Music definitely affects the heart, or the cardiovascular system. Let us know how.

Have you experienced a situation when listening to very loud music makes your heartbeat so fast that you can actually feel the heavy beating? In that case, you become anxious and restless. This is because of the effect loud music has on your heart rate. It is said that loud and fast music increases the heart rate. Thus, we experience a feeling of high anxiety, hyperactivity, stress, etc., when we listen to music which has a fast tempo.

Slow music or music that has a slower tempo is associated with a slower heart rate. People who listen to calming music or classical music have a slower heart rate as compared to those listening to fast music, or those not listening to music at all.

The effect of music on the heart is based on the functioning of the brain. When we hear music, the sound waves produced are translated into electrical impulses by the brain. These impulses are sent to the hypothalamus. As it is related to the increasing and decreasing of the heart rate, the related effect is produced. Listening to slow or calming music is definitely more beneficial. However, listening to any type of music you like can be helpful, rather than not listening to any music at all.

The heart rate is pulse rate, i.e., the number of times your heartbeats per minute. It is believed that people who have a slower heart rate tend to live longer. People having a higher heart rate are at a greater risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Thus, having a slower heart rate is more beneficial. When music slows down the heart rate, it brings about a feeling of calmness, thus, it is used as a relaxation technique. Music also helps in reducing stress and relieving anxiety.

You should remember that listening to any kind of music (in right frequency and right tempo) is surely beneficial for the overall health. Lastly, we can conclude by saying that the phrase ‘heals the heart’ in the following quote is not just a saying, but a fact!

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”