"This guy walked into my recording studio with a piece of plastic pipe and asked me to record him. I sorta laughed to myself but then he got started."
"Now I have thirty years in the recording business and I was completely blown away. It was awesome, he hit it on one take. It sounded so sweet and he made it look so easy. Just listen and you will hear what I heard."
"The Saxmonica is truly an instrument that can revolutionise how we play and learn music."
Norm just gave me a lesson in Saxmonica playing�✌️ I realise I have a bit of work to do. That was his first touch so it's great to see someone push this little instrument a bit harder. There is a lot of potential for people to strive for.
"A couple of weeks ago I heard, what I thought, was a guy playing a Sax."
" I looked over and saw Nick blowing through what looked like a bit of plumbers pipe, I said wow, how are you doing that and plus getting the sound. He said anybody can do it with a bit of tuition. I got the guitar out of my truck and had a jam with him --- Just an amazing sound, it really sounded like the real thing. I think I'm going to use him on my next record!" Gib Williamson
The Saxmonica is a revolutionary new acoustic reed based instrument that has all the sounds of a full blown saxophne but the playing simplicity of a tin whistle flute.
The Saxmonica is unbreakable, never needs servicing and comfortably fits in your pocket so is very easy to transport, therefore allowing it to be played anywhere in all situations.
It sounds wonderfull with acoustic guitar, piano or a tahun drum and is a really exciting instrument to play with backing tracks of all genres from jazz to rock, blues and soul.
In addition to the Saxmonica a comprehensive tutorial is available for free on YouTube. The course outlines all the tips and tricks to get the maximum dynamic range of sound from this amazing instrument.
No musical ability is required, no musical books are required.
The course revolutionises the way we learn music and once learnt the information will never be forgotten.
As a creator I believe the Saxmonica can radically alter the way music is discovered and learnt. Music is an impossible dream for millions throughout the world The Saxmonica will change this allowing wanna be musicians to become hot musicians in a very short time.
What's a Saxmonica
The Saxmonica is a pocket sized musical instrument that consists of a neck holding the reed based mouth piece and the lower tube.
It really is the most amazing little instrument, in a league of its own.The simple design has eliminated all the unnecessary components that many instruments possess. Due to this aspect it plays effectively one full bluesy scale in one octave, meaning that whatever the player does with it it will sound great.
How should I play it
Aggressively, softly, bluesy, whichever way you feel. The Saxmonica will play all genres of music. From reggae to jazz, blues and soul.
What if I'm not a musician
This is where the Saxmonica shines out from other instruments.The Saxmonica combined with the youtube tutorial can very easily turn any non musical person into a rock star in days. It requires no musical knowledge as you will develop a great understanding of how music is created. There is no need for hours of practice and study and no need for expensive lessons or books. Everything you need to develop your musical ability and style is well presented in the three hour course.
The tutorial has been designed around the age old technique of playing music by ear. What this means is as a player you concentrate on the beat of the music.The beat is the driver and will effectively take you to where you need to go. Within days you can be playing quality music to a range of beats and backing tracks.There is absolutely no need to study books or play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
If you tap your foot to a beat or hum to a tune the Saxmonica will allow you to play along.
The tutorial has been designed around a learn it and understand it method. There is no need for hours of laborious boring practice.The tutorial takes you straight into blues, reggae, soul, jazz or whatever your music tastes are.
Lesson 1 A Boring but Essential
Lesson 2 Getting Started
Lesson 3. More Jamming
Lesson 4. Tips and Tricks
It is very straight forward and once learnt, you as a player will never forget. It's with you for life.
Backing tracks by quistorama.com
The Saxmonica has the sweetest saxophone style sound. It can be played very quietly or comes with huge volume. It has the sexiest, meanest sax growl and a dynamic range of amazing tones. It plays beautifully with a range of acoustic instruments, from guitars to bongos.
It can easily be amplified to hold its own with all electric instruments. It's sound range is massive.
As the Saxmonica is a fully acoustic instrument it really allows the musician to feel what he/she is playing.This feeling has great impact on the musician as you feel the soul when you play.This feeling allows you to present a sound that really does mirror your emotions when you play.
It is super exciting when everything flows. Your fingers, breathing, vocal expressions come together with the beat, becoming one of the great feelings in life.
As a musician you are always searching for that spine shivering sense. The Saxmonica allows you to feel like a rockstar in your garage jamming to beats. When you get that feeling you just want more of it.
The significant design features of the Saxmonica is its size. It is a two peice unit that easily fits into your pocket therefore it is extremely easy to carry .It is unbreakable and never needs servicing. It has interchangeable reed and ligature (clamp that holds reed in place) giving it a huge range of different tones.
Due to its unbreakable construction the Saxmonica can be played in the icy mountains of the Himalayas or the sand dunes of the Sahara.
Saxmonica as a Training Instrument
A further significant aspect to the Saxmonica is as a start out instrument for young aspiring wind instrument players. The characteristics of the Saxmonica makes it an ideal instrument for anyone wishing to progress in playing wind instruments.
Young people often struggle with full size instruments due to the size, the weight and hand spacing. Their fingers can't reach the keys making it very hard to get good solid tone along with the weight and general awkwardness of a full size instrument therefore hampering their progression.
The Saxmonica has very similar characteristics to a full size saxophone as the basic hand position and fingering is identical to clarinets, saxophones and flutes.
The saxmonica will allow a student to master their breathing and basic fingering which is absolutely vital to playing a full size saxophone.
Further to this it is unbreakable therefore reducing the damage and servicing cost that are relevant to maintaining a full size saxophone, clarinet or flute.
This is also an ideal instrument for professional musicians to keep their embouchure (mouth muscles) in good order if they are on holiday and can't take their full size instruments with them.
Why we are on Kickstarter
As a genuinely new and innovative musical instrument we felt that Kickstarter is the obvious choice for a product launch. We are a New Zealand based startup and are looking to raise the first round of funding to help establish this product internationally.
This is a genuinely innovative product and as music is international along with the Kickstarter community we feel this is the obvious launch platform.
Product Development and Testing
As the inventor/creator of the Saxmonica I have spent many, many hours in my garage testing and fine tuning this instrument and developing a tutorial to cover all aspects of learning it.
My musical ability at the start was very limited but during the development process I have gained a significant knowledge of music This instrument has allowed me to pursue a musical dream later in life and I have tried to convey all of this practical approach to my own leanings into the tutorial I have produced.
We are currently experimenting with tube extenders to allow the Saxmonica to be played in all keys. Currently the Saxmonica plays in B flat but by adding tube extenders it gives further keys that will allow it to be played successfully with a greater range of instruments.
Further to this we have just fitted the first Saxmonica with a high octave key that once again will significantly change the dynamic range of this instrument. Once these modifications have really been fine tuned the Saxmonica will become a super extraordinary musical instrument, allowing musicians massive potential in all playing environments.
For our backers
As a backer you will very shortly become the proud owner of a Saxmonica.
If you currently have no real musical ability and you choose to really learn this instrument I can genuinely say this has the potential to change a dimension of your life.
I am hugely passionate about this instrument as it has had a dramatic impact on my life allowing me to meet and play music with a group of people that I would otherwise never have encountered.
I genuinely wish you well and hope that your musical experience is as good as mine.
It rocks. We appreciate your support.
Creator Nick Millington He is the guy that imagined, dreamt up and produced the Saxmonica. He's the energy behind the creation, he's the annoying, passionate driver of this start up.
Mo Trawallay. The media guy handling all the technical presentation.
Rio Millington. The dutiful daughter and social media guru.
Bronwyn Hill. The support crew who puts a balance into the crazy ideas. Genius on follow up and customer support.
The outcome of a successful kickstarter campaign will allow us to genuinely gauge the market potential of this instrument.Further to this it will allow us the opportunity to take this instrument to the next level of production and refinement.
As a small team of very enthusiastic passionate players we are 100 percent committed to delivering on our promises of production and delivery. This product is not complicated to manufacture therefore it gives us certainty of delivering easily within our time line.
Risks and challenges
At this stage the product is fully developed. We have engaged a manufacturing company and have recently had samples made. We are very confident that we can produce the Saxmonica to a high standard on time and hence have it shipped in July. Hence our biggest challenge is to run a successful Kickstarter campaign. We have given ourselves a realistic time frame and have commenced with a pre campaign marketing launch on Face book and Instagram. To date the response has been very positive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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