Looking for a gift for a saxophone player but don’t know where to start? We’ve done the leg work to find out what these cool cat musicians really want.
Sax players obsess over their reeds (although many not as much as Oboe players). Help him or her worry less with this great humidity-controlled case that will keep reeds pristine and playing great longer. It stores 8 reeds and has three humanity settings— 58%, 73%, and 84%–for flexibility in different environments. This is by far our most popular gift idea with saxophone players.
Curious about how the saxophone came to be such an icon? The Devil’s Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool is a well-researched account of the instrument’s 160 history. It explores not only the art, but the cultural and political influences of the iconic sax. Makes the trumpet
look positively boring.
Feel the force with this book of Star Wars solos for saxophone. Musicians improve by playing music that’s fun to play – and it’s hard to beat Star Wars when it comes to fun and excitement. Complete with 16 favorite tunes and a CD you can play along with – a real bargain gift that’s sure to be appreciated!
Transport your sax player to the magical land of Harry Pottery with this fantastical book featuring the films’ top hits. From Harry’s Wondrous World to the Hogwart’s March, there’s plenty of excitement in store!
Calling all Disney fans. This book of 72 top Disney songs has something for everyone. These are easy to play and fun to listen to. Great for newer players or those with a few years of experience.
If you’re seeking music for an advancing player with a more classical bent, look no further than this classic Solos for the Alto Sax Player. Contains some beautiful music including Vocalise by Rachmaninoff and Nocturne by Chopin.
Yes that’s right – LEGO has developed its own sax player figure. A must have for any collector, kid or kid at heart.
Probably the most important ergonomic factor in sax playing, a good neck strap can make a huge difference in comfort. We recommend the Soft Sax Strap which distributes the weight evenly, makes the sax feel much lighter, and is washable – which is critical. Users rave about this strap, considering it the gold standard for sax players.
Look like a million with a sax-sporting t-shirt that shows just how awesome you are. The shirt highlighted here comes in 8 different colors.
Upgrade your sax player’s gear with this multi-function case that includes space for music, accessories and backpack straps. Great for musicians always on the go who need it all in one place. Protec cases are a great value.
The one gift a saxophone player is guaranteed to never return: more reeds. We recommend the Vandoren reeds, pictured here, for their superb response across all dynamic levels. Players consider these to be the very best made reeds available.
Sometimes it’s impractical to lug a saxophone on vacation. Don’t miss a beat with the pocket saxophone. Easy to pick up for any sax player, it has its own unique sound and playing qualities that make it a fun diversion as well as a great way to keep in shape while on the road. Also great for children interested in exploring the saxophone.
Even if your sax player isn’t gigging on the Vegas strip, he or she can bring a piece of the action into the home with this blue neon sax sculpture. It can either stand on its own or hang on the wall and plugs into standard outlets. Yeah baby!
An old standard, this is considered the bible of method and technique. If your sax player doesn’t have it, he or she should.
Considered one of the most talented tenor performers of his day, Sonny Rollins
comes to life on this brilliant CD that captures the color and character of the sax like few others. The performances on this 1956 CD set the bar for years to come.
Practice noise is a real issue for musicians. If you live with a saxophone player who loves to practice, chances are you’ve had to set some ground rules about when and where to play. This practice mute solves all that — albeit at a rather steep price point. However, if the alternative is paying to rent practice space or even keeping a relationship intact, this mute will pay for itself. Plus, it’s super cool looking.
What should you avoid giving a sax player?
1. A Kenny-G CD. While Kenny G may be a great musician, but he’s not appreciated by sax purists due to his unorthodox tone quality.
2. A super cheap new saxophone. If you know the model he or she wants, wonderful – it will be greatly appreciated. But otherwise avoid without getting input – especially that “deal” you just saw on eBay.
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