Taming The Saxophone

Bass Clarinetist looking to move to the sax side

Jen B

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Hi - I'm an adult beginner and hoping you can tell me that grade 3 Bass Clarinet 25 years ago will stand me in reasonable stead?!:eek: I used to play a teeny bit but have decided as per the quote in Jeanette's profile that the time will pass anyway so I should playing again NOW rather than waiting on some mythical 'perfect' moment.

I have a bass clarinet and a regular clarinet and am in the process of borrowing an alto off a friend - she doesn't play anymore - but she describes it as 'wrong -slung' which has me confused.
I did have a 20's silver C melody - and might re-acquire that... but my true love at least in terms of sound is the bari. Sadly I don't have a helpful friend to lend me one of those!
I've started working through an old Boosey and Hawkes clarinet book and can still do a chromatic scale without too much squonking so I guess I practice and save up for a baritone...my children don't need shoes right?! mummy needs to sound like Leo P!
 

nigeld

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#3
Welcome to the Café.
Bari Saxes are great fun. A noble ambition.

Unfortunately, as you will have realised, they are also expensive. But there are some Chinese ones that don't require the purchaser to get a mortgage (or at least, not so large a mortgage). I haven't tried one, so I don't know how good they are, but Headwind in Bristol sees to be selling a lot of theirs.
Zetland Baritone Saxophone


If you want to be like Leo P, you will need to practice your dance moves as well as your scales. :happydance:
 

Keep Blowing

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Hi - I'm an adult beginner and hoping you can tell me that grade 3 Bass Clarinet 25 years ago will stand me in reasonable stead?!:eek: I used to play a teeny bit but have decided as per the quote in Jeanette's profile that the time will pass anyway so I should playing again NOW rather than waiting on some mythical 'perfect' moment.

I have a bass clarinet and a regular clarinet and am in the process of borrowing an alto off a friend - she doesn't play anymore - but she describes it as 'wrong -slung' which has me confused.
I did have a 20's silver C melody - and might re-acquire that... but my true love at least in terms of sound is the bari. Sadly I don't have a helpful friend to lend me one of those!
I've started working through an old Boosey and Hawkes clarinet book and can still do a chromatic scale without too much squonking so I guess I practice and save up for a baritone...my children don't need shoes right?! mummy needs to sound like Leo P!
Welcome, don't worry about the kids shoes,
 

Ivan

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#12
Welcome, welcome

The bariI itch will be worth scratching when you get the chance

You'll just have to hope, many years hence, the children won't bear a grudge about their shoeless childhood when they choose your nursing home
 

MikeMorrell

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Hi Jen and welcome to the cafe! As far as music and insttuments go, my motto is 'play what you love playing and like the sound of'. Many years back, I used to play tenor sax in a (classical) 'wind orchestra' and the sound of the bass clarinet was the sound I loved most. So rich and resonant! These days I play (tenor) sax in Big Bands and I love the bari sound in the sax sections. I've tried one once and found it surprisingly easy to play (the jump fro. tenor was easier than to soprano).

I hope you at some stage find a 2nd hand bari that doesn't cost an arm and a leg . Or find a local band that's in desperate need of a bari player and will subside the putchase!
 
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