5 Great Apps for Saxophone Practice
You’re on stage, and as you blow into your shiny saxophone, you hear the roar of the crowd and the intoxicating energy in the room. But then you snap back to reality from your musical daydream.
Still, who says you can’t eventually become a star saxophone player with a little — or a lot of — saxophone practice?
Learning how to play a sax can be extremely rewarding. With its distinct sound, it’s generally easy to pick out a saxophone in a sea of boisterous instruments. And whether you’d like to learn baritone, alto, tenor or soprano, the sax is the most accessible woodwind of all.
So, are you ready to give your saxophone practice a boost? Why not consider an app for that? Here are five great apps for saxophone practice.
Let’s get started!
1. Fingering Can Help with Saxophone Practice
This is one of the most popular saxophone practice apps.
It’s an ideal choice if you’re a beginning saxophone player or if you struggle to recall obscure fingerings. After all, learning the proper fingerings is crucial for enhancing your playing.
The app offers detailed fingering charts for woodwind and brass instruments. It includes the trill fingerings you need to know for major and minor second intervals, along with extra fingerings for major and minor third trills.
If alternative fingerings exist for trills or notes, you can easily navigate through these to pick out the one you think will help you most. With this app, you can also take advantage of visual guides for key locations and names to further increase your understanding of the saxophone fingering charts.
When you use the app, you’ll quickly see that its developer has packed a ton of information onto a single screen without making the screen too crowded. You can’t beat that.
Download: iOS only
Reframe is helpful for removing instruments from a certain track so that you can easily isolate the sax and work on mastering the piece. Eventually, you’ll be able to play along with the backing track.
This app shows frequencies in a colorful interface. It also enables you to isolate, mute, edit or crop these sections — processes that are a lot like editing or cropping an image.
In addition to offering customized user control, Reframe also lists presets — for instance, “Solo Brass” and “Remove Vocals.” The app is designed to detect these instruments immediately and complete the job with a single tap of the finger.
The app is a top choice for those who wish to remove their instruments from recordings so that they can practice their parts in their sessions while still having the songs’ bands play along. After all, that’s the only way they can truly get immersed in the music.
Alternatively, a saxophone player can remove the remainder of the parts and concentrate on his or her own part to transcribe or learn it.
Either way, the app offers a high-quality algorithm that’ll get you playing like — or at least feeling like — Kenny G in no time.
3. Saxophone All-in-One
This particular app is another excellent option for saxophone practice. You can use it to check scales, transpose songs or reference fingering.
The goal of this app is to essentially give you all of the tools you need to become an A-rated saxophone player. You’ll get access to a bunch of common blues scales along with popular minor and major scales.
Saxophone All-in-one is great if you’re a beginning player. Even a more advanced player may fall in love with the app if he or she finds himself or herself transposing a song from one key to another. Note, though, that the app offers transpositions only for an alto sax.
This popular app also provides tutorials that can come in handy for teaching novices or refreshing the memory of more advanced players.
4. Anytune Pro+
If you’re interested in transcribing or learning a song by ear, this is the app for you. With it, you can manipulate the pitch and tempo independently of each other.
You simply push a button to slow down or speed up the tempo. The app also makes it incredibly easy to adjust the pitch, allowing for a two-octave (24-semitone) shift either down or up.
Overall, the app’s interface is relatively intuitive, focusing on helping you to visualize the audio with ease. Because the waveform is represented in a clear manner, you can effortlessly scan through your song and locate the necessary section.
Anytune Pro+ also offers infinite markers, thus allowing you to mark a solo section, verse or chorus as needed. You can even loop between your markers so that you can practice a section over and over again until you have mastered it with your saxophone.
This app is an excellent one to pair with Reframe. With both of them on hand, you’d be hard-pressed not to have fruitful saxophone practice sessions.
5. Tuner & Metronome
Last but not least, Tuner & Metronome is a must-have if you’re looking for a user-friendly app that will help you to improve your sax-playing skills.
The app is basically a recording, tuner and metronome app. Many musicians have fallen in love with it due to its slick, simple and streamlined interface. You can turn your metronome off and on, access your tuner, record your saxophone playing and even choose a certain rhythmic pattern with your finger.
Another advantage of using this app? It features visual beats. This may be music to your ears if you find yourself practicing your sax in noisy environments, or if your phone’s volume limit isn’t high enough for you to hear your metronome beats.
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