Saw Notes

A Resource for Musical Saw Enthusiasts

Let’s have an octave! Or Two! Or Four!

One of the advantages of playing a musical saw over a regular handsaw is the wider octave range. A sawyer can usually only play about one octave on a regular small handsaw, but a longer musical saw, 28 to 30″, can easily produce two octaves. In France, they have have a type of saw known as the “lame sonore” which has a four octave range. These French “saws” are quite expensive and have a much heavier feel than a regular musical saw. They produce beautiful tones in the lower octaves, and they do not have teeth like a regular musical saw. Without the teeth, the saw is just a blade, but the wider range and fuller tone appeals to some people. Whether you want one octave or four, the saw makes a beautiful sound.

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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.