Violin Lessons Versus Saxophone Lessons: What Are The Key Differences?

Many parents look to start their children on music lessons, convinced that the process of learning any musical instrument gives many benefits to a child’s development process. The positives include the ability to preservere and never give up, ability to think out of the box and come out with creative solutions, cognitive development, maths skills improvement, confidence level and so on. For adults looking to start music lessons, the benefits include aiding the learner to relax and de stress, improve the brain cell functions to prevent the onset of dementia, improving social life by spending time practicing with fellow musicians.

Among all the musical instruments available, many students want to start violin lessons. Some are in two minds and think also to explore saxophone lessons. These two music instruments have many differences. Rita Yeo of Stradivari Strings, a music school Singapore which has been operating since year 2010 goes through the key differences between violin classes and saxophone classes:

First Difference: Bowed strings instrument versus wind music instrument 

The violin is part of a quartet of a family of bowed strings instrument. During violin lessons Singapore, the student needs to learn how to manage the violin bow to draw it across the violin strings to create vibration, hence the tone of the violin comes from inside the body of the violin. 

Rita Yeo of Stradivari Strings takes pleasure in explaining the inner workings of the violin, especially during adult violin lessons and violin lessons for kids which are held at her music studio in Singapore. One can peek into one of the two sound holes of any violin during her violin classes and immediately see that there is a short vertical stick which sits at the belly of the violin. The exact position of this sound post should be right below one of the legs of the violin bridge. On occasion, the sound post moves out of position and it is imperative to send the violin to a luthier after you group violin lessons or private violin lessons to get it reset to the correct spot. This will maximize the tone quality of the violin.

The saxophone on the other hand, belongs to the wind musical instruments. These also include the flute, piccolo, tuba, clarinet and so on. Basically, during your saxophone lessons, you exhale into the saxophone to create sound. The difference musical notes can be played by pressing the many keys located along the saxophone itself.

Second Difference: The Saxophone is pre tuned whereas the violin needs to be tuned by the violinist

The saxophone needs to be tuned by professionals at the saxophone workshop or factory, before it is ready to be shipped out to saxophone shops around the world. The student expects the musical instrument set up to be perfect and ready instantly to start saxophone classes. 

On the other hand, the violin needs to be tuned by the violinist himself or herself, every time before one starts private violin lessons or group violin lessons. Many student fear handling the violin and are scared to break violin strings when tuning, hence rely on the violin teacher during violin lessons Singapore to tune it every lesson. This is actually not right. As a violin student, learning to tune the violin is a basic skill which must be incorporated in any violin class Singapore. 

Third Difference: The saxophone is heavier than the violin

The alto saxophone by itself weighs approximately 2.2 kilograms for the saxophone excluding the saxophone case. Including the case, we are looking at approximately 2.5 to 3 kilograms, if the case is a hard case which is fully protective of the musical instrument. Most new students starting saxophone classes will learn the alto saxophone, as opposed to the soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone or the bass saxophone. Very rarely do new students learn the tenor saxophone or the bass saxophone by sheer reason of the heavy weight of these musical instruments.

The violin is much lighter in comparison. The weight of a full size violin for adults is  approximately 400 grams to 500 grams. Add the violin case you are looking at 650 grams to 750 grams. Moreover, a good weighted violin bow weighs approximately sixty grams. All in all with the various violin accessories like the violin rosin, violin mute, tuner, cleaning cloth and so on we are looking at less than one kilogram for the total violin case. This is much lighter than the saxophone and easy to carry around to go for your weekly violin lessons Singapore. 

For young kids starting violin lessons for kids, the weight of these fractional size violin is even lighter. Hence most parents look at starting their kids violin lessons Singapore as opposed to saxophone lessons.

Fourth Difference: Ability to start kids at a young age versus the saxophone

The difference in weight of the violin versus the saxophone, as outlined in the previous point, leads us to the fourth difference — which is that we can start kids as young as three to five years old on violin lessons for kids and they will have no problem holding and playing on the violin for the entire duration of the violin lessons. The sizes for violin run from 1/16 size for three to five year olds, 1/8 size for five to seven year olds, ¼ size for seven to nine year olds, half size for nine to ten years old and three quarter size for ten to twelve year olds. Starting children on violin classes allow the child to grow with the different sizes of the violin.

Due to the siza and the weight of the saxophone, most saxophone teachers require a child to be age eight or older before they are comfortable starting saxophone lessons with the kid. Our of ten saxophone teachers asked, ten will say so. For parents who are keen for their child to start saxophone lessons, there is nowadays a plastic version of the saxophone which is lightweight and allows the child to learn to handle the musical instrument like the real thing. 

In conclusion: 

In conclusion, I hope you have a good idea of the difference in starting violin lessons Singapore for your kid versus saxophone lessons. For music teachers who are qualified and dedicated, look no further and contact Stradivari Strings.

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