If I don’t practice for a day, I know it.  If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it.  And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.

–Louis Armstrong– 


Any professional musician knows you can’t tear it up on stage if you can’t tear it up in practice.  You might also know how difficult it can be to good place to practice. I play both keyboards and multiple saxophones in local bands. With a keyboard, you can turn the volume down.

However, with a sax, it’s not so easy–especially for apartment dwellers like me. My efforts have gone from partially successful to the downright ridiculous. When I moved into my apartment from my house, my practice time went entirely out the window! Only able to practice once or twice a week now, my ability to play suffered, and I even lost progress. Can any, sorry — can every– instrumentalist relate?

Put a sock in it?

Most neighbors aren’t the biggest fans of instrument practice, whether it’s saxophone or trumpet, drums or bagpipe. Luckily for saxophone players, though, there is finally a long-awaited electronic alternative- the Emeo practice saxophone. With more people, musicians included, stuck inside their homes as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on, the timing of the product launch of Emeo last summer couldn’t be better. 

Emeo practice saxophone


Emeo aims to solve the volume issue with saxophones by inventing and producing the world’s first digital practice sax. This cutting-edge instrument allows saxophonists to practice anywhere, anytime. It is versatile and easy-to-use via MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) USB or Bluetooth connections to tablets, computers, and even smartphones!

When used with headphones, neighbors or family can’t hear the Emeo practice saxophone. But the Emeo isn’t just for practice. When used with speakers, users can adjust the volume easily according to user preference.

According to their site, the Emeo saxophone isn’t designed to replace traditional baritone, alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, but rather the first in Emeo’s planned product line of digital practice horns of all types.

The Emeo practice sax can easily replicate other instruments, like trumpets, trombones, drums, violin- you name it, it can play it. The Emeo has been great in allowing me to switch effortlessly between different instruments without changing to different layouts or keyword.


The Emeo practice sax also allows me to easily interface with MIDI in a way I’ve never done before. This saxophone enables me to engage with my instrument and MIDI in a much more melody-focused way, allowing me to capture ideas as I compose them, changing the way I write and play already, and I’ve been a musician for 15 years.

While I would never regret purchasing this saxophone because the benefits far outweigh the negatives, this sax may not be perfect for everyone. For example, if you only play tenor, you may find its size and shape to be slightly too small for what you’re used to. It is closer to alto size.

Since it’s electronic, the Emeo practice sax can also not do quarter tones, which may not be a big deal to some players, but a dealbreaker for others. It just depends on what kind of player you are.

One other small issue I have run into with Emeo is that it does not exercise and train my face muscles (my chops), but this isn’t a huge deal to me. I just need to make sure I get out once in a while to practice my traditional saxophones.

Bottom Line: For me, the almost innumerable benefits of the Emeo saxophone far outweigh its cons. Hopefully, my review was useful in helping you decide if the Emeo is right for you.

Till next time!

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